Introducing Multi Website Fulltext Search

06/29/2005

Some days ago I described a way for being able to offer a fast fulltext search with the help of the MySQL database. Today I will go one step further: leave my own Movable Type Weblog behind, and include several Movable Type resource weblogs into the result lists.

I created a new website. It allows you to find technical information about Movable Type originating from different sources, within one easy to use fulltext search interface.

Currently, articles from Movable Type Weblog and Learning Movable Type, and Movalog can be searched.

Do not talk, show me right now

You can try MTLookup immediately. There is no need to be bored by the following information.

The Problem

If you are working with Movable Type, you have probably seen this before: you want to find a tutorial about a subject or some sample code, but you have problems locating it. Currently there are two choices for finding the needed information.

  • You open one of the well-known Movable Type resource websites. There you can use the local search function. If you are lucky, you will find what you want. If not, you move on to the next website.
  • Not knowing where to find the information, you can also use one of the big search engines. If they spidered the tutorial site, you will find it - maybe on page 1, maybe on page 5. However, it is not that easy. The information given in the result list, does not always describe the tutorial that good. And if they don't like the website, or if the author did bad search engine optimization, they won't have it in their index at all.

The Solution

My MTLookup website will give you the information that you are looking for. It will know about all participating Movable Type resource websites, spider their content, and give you result lists that are really usefull.

Currently, you will start your search on my website. In the future, partners will be able to put search buttons on their websites, directing their search request to MTLookup.

There will be no rivalty among the participating websites. The ranking - which entry is shown first - will be done by a neutral database algorithm. After all, they are all good, and always worth looking at.

The Website

Please open MTLookup and try. You will find the search function, an introduction and some plans for the future.

If you want to leave a comment, or make a suggestion for improvement, please use this post here.

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If you are interested in this subject, please select the category »MTLookup« from the sidebar. It will show all related articles in chronological order.

mgs | 06/29/2005

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Elise | June 30, 2005 01:43 AM

Great job Michael, and thanks for including Learning Movable Type.

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Lola Lee | July 12, 2005 03:08 AM

Looks great!

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nick | October 10, 2005 12:45 PM

I appreciate this site. It's definitely needed. MT's 3.2 manual is poorly written and is not beginner, even intermediate beginner, user friendly.

However, searching for information here is not working for me. I seem to be going in circles. Perhaps it's because I know very little about CSS/HTML programming language and I'm at the bottom of the learning curve. Perhaps it's the way you've got this information indexed.

I look for information using common sense key words (at least it makes common sense to me) e.g. *fonts* *how to bold fonts* *how to color fonts*. I try to keep it very very simple. I'm evidently not doing something correct or what I do find I can't link to my particular need.

Just below my banner I'd like to ad some descriptive text e.g. I'd like experiment with a) increasing the size of the font / b) bolding the font / c) coloring the font with a custom color [I have the HEX Value and the RGB] and d) put a small vertical, red dividing line between the descriptive text e.g. [ this is a pen | this is a red pen ]. I think I know where I need to put this change in the CCS template but how do I search for this help on this site? Thank you.

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Michael G. Schneider | October 14, 2005 08:24 PM

Nick, with MTLookup the main emphasis is placed on Movable Type articles. Only recently, I have added some CSS related websites.

Probably you are correct. There are not that many articles about CSS, which can be used if you know little or nothing about HTML and CSS.

I suggest you start by reading through one of the tutorial sites. For example, have a look at http://www.w3schools.com/.They have a section on HTML and one on CSS.

Giving some answers to your questions...

You can bold some text in HTML by enclsing it with the b-tag. For example <b>bold text</b>.

Of course, you can style with the help of CSS. There you would set "font-weight". For example, in CSS...

p { font-weight: bold; }

would make all paragraphs bold. The color of some text is influenced with the "color". For example, in CSS...

p { color:#333399; }

would make all paragraphs blue.

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Rosina Lippi | August 30, 2006 11:03 PM

The look-up feature works beautifully and is very useful. One suggestion: if the summaries could include the date of the post, that would help a great deal.