View Full Version : My search engine
12-24-2003, 11:48 AM
I have been working on a new search engine in a software package called equinox. the reason i decided to make one is because no one has ever made one in equinox.
Currently it is a meta engine, But i am currently indexing body text. (thats why its running slowly)
Well any help would be cool
08-25-2004, 11:43 AM
Just had a redesign!
08-25-2004, 11:51 AM
it's slow as molasses to load the home page
the home page is too wide for the screen at 800x600 and your scroll bars don't work
clicking on the link for Search Engine doesn't DO anything
after that I gave up
08-25-2004, 11:53 AM
Just tried to use and nothing happened.
Also, I am set on 800 x 600 and can not see part of the site...no scroll bars or any other means of seeing the rest of the page without adjusting my settings.
08-25-2004, 11:53 AM
I think theres far too much in the way of logo/design.
Theres only a tiny (tichy tiny) frame at the bottom for the results to be viewed in, personaly, I think it would look and feel much better if you gave 70-80% of the page space to the results, as this is what people look for on a search engine, your results are your 'product', so why give them so little space?
Good luck with it though.
08-25-2004, 01:23 PM
You running it on your own pc/server?
Hence this ( http://burf2000.dyndns.org )
08-25-2004, 06:00 PM
I tried your search engine. I couldn't even see the results! (Running at 800x600).
Also, when re-sized screen to take a look, the add your site for free link produced an error 404 page.
I think you need to make some improvements. Scale everything down a bit so that it can be seen on 800x600 screens (I think most people use that).
08-25-2004, 10:49 PM
Scale everything down a bit so that it can be seen on 800x600 screens (I think most people use that).
There have been several debates about this and it's pretty clear that it does depend on the particular website (e.g., sites like this that attract more techies and web designers are more likely to have higher screen resolutions).
For a long time, 800x600 did seem overall to be the most common. Sometime earlier this year, it seems that fell to second place. It is nonetheless still prudent to design for 800x600 because (1) that resolution still accounts for something like 45% of visitors, again depending on the site; and (2) someone user a higher resolution has no difficulty viewing an 800x600 page, even in a window, but at 800x600 to view a larger page requires side-scrolling -- like me, many people won't spend a lot of time on a site that requires zipping back and forth to read the content.
08-26-2004, 12:47 AM
I searched for Search Engine Optimization and got this:
Sorry no matches found, please try later
I searched for burf..and got this..
Welcome to Burf.com, the NEW Search Engine
Description: burf, network, hacking, message forum, forum, ftp, news, simon burfield, web design,search engine , downloads, ppc, dating, picture uploader, gallery
Keywords: The New Burf Search Engine, features everything from cats to computers, news ,PPC and message forum for free.
so my point is..people are not going to search for burf... :) need some improvements, from server to design and search results :)
08-26-2004, 01:36 AM
This thread needs to be moved to Site Reviews. I cannot see any point in remarking on the search engine without being able to figure out how to use it first.
His second post "Just had a redesign!" comes several months after the first. That post hints of "site review" all over it.
08-31-2004, 09:37 AM
For a long time, 800x600 did seem overall to be the most common. Sometime earlier this year, it seems that fell to second place.
minstrel, thanks -- I didn't know this. What is first place?
08-31-2004, 10:11 AM
Hey I tried out the search engine. It was functioning for me. I tried a few sample keywords and could only find one result, but I imagine in time your index will grow. Best wishes to your new search engine.
I submitted a couple sites to your index. Glad to be one of the first.
My question is, what is "burf"? I'm guessing it was just a good grab to get a 4-letter domain. But good way to step out of the box --- everyone wants domains that spell a dictionary word. But someone has to be the one to start trends -- after all, before they came along, who else wanted the domain names like "ebay" or "google" or "yahoo".
Want some free marketing advice? Lose the graphics, and either draw - or hire someone to come up with - a trademark character, 'burf'. Give the site name-brand recognition, it will catch on. Lower the amount of graphics and it will speed things up to compensate for download time. With design, less is more.
08-31-2004, 10:21 AM
It definitely should be moved to site review. I just submitted sites to the directory and they get displayed very strangely!
08-31-2004, 01:39 PM
Nice idea but you have a ways to go yet.
09-29-2004, 06:17 AM
Well i am surprised to see so many people on 800 by 600? I thought the standard was 1024 by 768 now? am i wrong
Yes i am redesigning it again and making less graphical
I currently index the url, title, keywords and 10 special words
I let ya know when its ready for you to test
If any of you do have websites please add them to the directory which is free
09-29-2004, 10:15 AM
I just tried to add my site to your Sport category & received the following error: "Error finding category"
If you want to see your site at different screen resolution & sizes try this -> http://www.wpdfd.com/restest.htm
09-29-2004, 11:08 AM
tried addding a site to sports category got "Error finding category"
Also I added a site to the pet category but I didn't include the http:// now the link doesn't work.
As far as resolution size I don't see myself or most of my customers ever changing from 800x600
09-29-2004, 11:27 AM
I will add the http for you in later and try the sports catergory for you
09-29-2004, 11:28 AM
Well i work for a software house and everyone is on 1024 768 +
Some are on 1400 by 1024
09-29-2004, 11:35 AM
I have just fixed the sports!
Thanks for the error reporting
Kind of accept your point about screen res. However the point is not dissimilar to that about browsers. You can design only for the latest version of, say, IE but you stand the very real possibility of missing those people with older versions.
My view about screen res is this. If +40% of people are using 800x600 then they are my "base-load", it's a similar argument to dial-up versus broadband and it comes down to the same thing. We are (or should be) designing sites for users. If just under half of the people likely to view your site are using a screen res of 800x600 then tou ignore their needs at significant peril to your business.
What people "should" do and what they actually do are two separate things.
09-29-2004, 12:16 PM
Mate your spot on, i was not complaning, just in shock (sorry)
My new site will work in 800 by 600 and everyones help is very useful!
09-30-2004, 05:24 AM
The new design is now live and should be 800 by 600 compatiable
Its not finsihed in content yet but the search engine is running alot better(currently indexing so will be slower)
09-30-2004, 06:10 AM
Now that looks a hell of a lot better, well done.
one thing though, the rollover image (on the 'home', 'forum' etc. buttons) look out of line a tad.
still, looks 100% better! :-)
10-01-2004, 02:52 AM
Hmm any ideas for the roll over images then mate?
10-01-2004, 03:12 AM
Your home/intro/landing page needs some attention. The first thing i see is this huge white space.
The colors (blue, grey and white) don't seem to mix all that well. The worst thing is a homepage with no info on... Why don't you give this page some flavour by putting a directory structure on it
10-01-2004, 06:37 AM
Hmm any ideas for the roll over images then mate?
My problem with the rollovers is they have dividers between the buttons like;
but when one hovers over, the rollover seems to be staggered about 2mm to the left of where I feel the rollover should be.
I appologise if I'm critisising a design element, just looks a bit odd to me (but I am a fussy brit!)
all the best and good luck :-)
10-01-2004, 05:34 PM
When I click on "Want your site here for free?" it goes to http://burf2000.dyndns.org/myburf/index.esp and shows 404 not found...
10-01-2004, 07:06 PM
Hi all, all good feedback, I like people telling me the truth
Right the rollover images probably will change soon but i am working on more content for the front page
The add your site for free thing is a old feature that will be back in about 1 day
The site should be fully working and ready to test (except rollover images) by sunday night
All this is helping alot and i am very impressed with the level of help from this forum!