Google Custom Search for DotNetNuke

Let’s face it, the default DotNetNuke search module sucks.  It’s confusing to configure, doesn’t do a proper full text search and doesn’t search any files you may have available for download on your site.  There are third-party modules that replace the standard search, but why pay for a search that is still relatively ineffectual?  Why not use the Mac-Daddy of search engines, Google, to provide a free custom search module for your DotNetNuke site?  And did we mention — Free!

Getting Started

The search script in this post relies on the Google Search API.  In order to use this search effectively, you will want to sign up for a free Google search API key. See the Google Code site to get one.  You will use this key in the JavaScript for the search function.

Once you have your key, you will need to add a Text/HTML module (HTML Module in DNN 5…) on the page where you want the search.  This script is designed so that search results appear immediately below the search field, so make sure you use a pane in DotNetNuke that is wide enough to display the results adequately.

The Script

Okay, without any fanfare, here’s the script (Watch for wrapping…):

<script src="
key=Enter Your Key Text Here"
<script language="Javascript" type="text/javascript">
//  Script based on a blog post at:
<!--    google.load('search', '1.0');
function checkKeypress(e)
var kC  = (window.event) ? event.keyCode : e.keyCode;
var Esc = (window.event) ? 27 : e.DOM_VK_ESCAPE;
if (kC == Esc) {  event.keyCode=13;  return;  }
if (kC == 13) return false;
return kC;

function OnLoad()
var searchControl = new;
var drawOptions = new;
var options = new;
// Set up a site search - searches the web site pages
var siteSearch = new;
// Replace the site root with your own site URL
//  We're only including "aspx" pages from our site.
//  We're specifically excluding "LinkClick" page links
//  (links with "fileticket")
siteSearch.setQueryAddition("+filetype:aspx -fileticket");
siteSearch.setUserDefinedLabel("Web Pages:  ");
searchControl.addSearcher(siteSearch, options);
//  Configure a search of physical files available
//  for download
var fileSearch = new;
//  Replace with your own URL, portal and folder
//  with the files to be searched
fileSearch.setUserDefinedLabel("Files:  ");
searchControl.addSearcher(fileSearch, options);
searchControl.draw(null, drawOptions);
google.setOnLoadCallback(OnLoad, true);
//  Presentation text to appear before the search
//  input field, change it as you wish
<p>To search all of for both web pages and
documents, enter a search term below:</p>
<input type="text" value="Search Now" size="80"
onfocus="if (this.value==this.defaultValue)
this.value='';" id="gss_input"
onkeypress="return checkKeypress(event)" />
<div id="branding">&nbsp;</div>
<div id="gcsResults">&nbsp;</div>

Just change those few things listed in the comments and this is ready to run. If you decide to use this script, either as-is or modified, please leave the comment, crediting the Eguana Solutions blog post, intact. This script was only slightly changed from the original. The post you are reading now is not meant to steal the original blog post.


As usual, this script is neither supported nor guaranteed to run on your setup. If it works, great. We’re happy for you. If not, too bad. Fix it yourself or don’t use it. Of course, if there’s an obvious error, or even an improvement, we’d love to have a comment on how to change this script.

This post blatantly exploits trademarked terms, please don’t interpret this to mean that any of these entities have given up their trademarks.  If there are any objections to material in this post based on trademark, copyright, offensive language or the foolishness of the author, please feel free to let us know.


5 thoughts on “Google Custom Search for DotNetNuke

  1. Sounds like you have an error in the first line, make sure it is entered correctly and that you have replaced the key listed with your key:

    <script src=" Your Key Text Here” type=”text/javascript”>

    The post has also been edited to indicate this better.

  2. Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your blog posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

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