|How do I implement FusionBot using NetObjects Fusion?
This document is meant to provide assistance to customers wishing to place a FusionBot search form on a web site created with NetObjects Fusion.
The steps below assume you know the basics of creating a site using NetObjects Fusion. If you are unsure how to layout text objects or create forms, then you are strongly urged to familiarize yourself with these topics in the NetObjects Fusion User Guide.
Also, before starting you will need to know the FusionBot account number for your site, which can be obtained via the 'Account Info' tab of your account, and is labeled 'FusionBot Account Number'. This number will be associated with the parameter sitenbr. It is very important to include ALL the digits when copying this number into a NetObjects Fusion form object. Also,
you will need to know the three-digit FusionBot server to which your index has been assigned. You can obtain this number by clicking on the 'view search results' link in the left-hand navigation menu of your account. A new window will appear with your search results displayed. In the address bar of your new browser window, you will see a URL where from where your search results
have been generated, similar to http://ssXXX.fusionbot.com/cgi-bin/ss_query. Write down the 3-digit value represented by XXX, as you will also need this value later when configuring your search box within NetObjects.
Adding a search button with NetObjects Fusion is a five-step process:
Step 1) Create the text-based form with the Form Area tool.
Step 2) Add the search button to the form and set its properties.
Step 3) Add the single line search query text field to the form and set its properties.
Step 4) Set the search form settings.
Step 5) Test the search form.
Each of these steps are described in detail below:
Step 1) Create Search Form:
1. In Page Design mode, select the Form Area tool from the Standard toolbar:
And draw a rectangle in the Layout area, wherever you wish for the search box to appear. After drawing the rectangle, the Create Form dialog box will appear:
2. Select 'Create text-based form' from the Create Form dialog box.
3. Click OK.
Step 2) Add the search button to the form:
1. In Page Design mode, select the Forms Button tool from the Form toolbar (this box will automatically appear after clicking 'OK' in Step 1-3).
2. Draw a rectangle within the form to indicate the placement of the button that users will click to submit their search.
3. Set the Forms Button Properties, by clicking your cursor on the newly created button, right-clicking, and selecting 'object properties' as displayed below:
The Forms Button Properties dialog box will appear, where you must set the following values:
- Set the name of the button to: Search.
- Make sure the button type is: Submit.
Step 3) Add the search query text field to the form:
1. In Page Design mode, select the Forms Edit Field tool from the Form toolbar.
2. Draw a rectangle on the form to indicate the placement of the text field that visitors will use to type their search terms.
3. Set the Forms Edit Field properties, by clicking your cursor on the text field, right-clicking, and selecting 'object properties' as displayed below:
The Forms Edit Field Properties dialog box will appear, where you must set the following values:
- Set the edit field name to: keys (note, this must be all lowercase)
- Set the maximum length field to 200.
Step 4) Set the search form settings:
1. In Page Design mode, click anywhere in the form except on a form object, such as on the outer perimeter of the entire form, right-click, and select 'object properties'.
2. Look for the Settings button on the Text Box tab as shown below, then click the Settings button.
3. Set the Forms Settings by clicking on the 'Settings' button.
Set the Action to search URL: http://ssXXX.fusionbot.com/cgi-bin/ss_query
Where XXX is the value of the FusionBot server your account has been assigned and that you wrote down as a result of the instructions at the beginning of this FAQ.
Set the Method to: GET
Add the following hidden field by clicking the plus (+) button and then entering a name and value in the Enter Value dialog:
||Your FusionBot account number
Step 5) Test the search form:
1. From the top menu bar, select the 'Preview Site' button to display a preview of the page containing the search form.
2. Try entering a few terms into the search text field and click the search button.
The search results should appear in your browser.
If the search form doesn't seem to work, check the following items:
- Make sure your browser can access the Internet and the FusionBot Web site.
- In the search form settings, make sure you correctly typed your FusionBot account number for the sitenbr hidden field.
- In the search form settings, make sure you have correctly specified the action type as GET.
- In the search form settings, make sure the action is specified as: http://ssXXX.fusionbot.com/cgi-bin/ss_query. Where XXX is equal to the 3-digit server number assigned.
- In the search text field properties, make sure the field is named keys, and is all lowercase.
- In the search button properties, make sure the button type is Submit.
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