Yes. Your search engine is fully hosted, so it's all just
internet addresses to PicoSearch.
PicoSearch indexes the web pages that come over the internet for any
length web addresses; like your own visitors, PicoSearch doesn't care
how the pages are made behind the scenes. You are welcome to try a Free
account and just see how it goes - if any issues arise, then you can contact us.
CGI is the "common gateway interface" convention for tacking
arguments onto the end of web addresses, so that pages can be generated
with some variation by scripts on your server. PicoSearch will index
the links it finds on your site and refer to them by the same addresses
for future visitors, so your links can be scripts and arguments. A
typical CGI link would look like
http://www.mysite.com/script.pl?arg1=val1&arg2=val2. If you need to
trim or adjust CGI args, that can be set for in your account manager
after you have completed the basic sign-up.
ASP (Active Server Pages) is fine by PicoSearch, because like CGI
it just means more urls to follow, often with extra information tacked
on in arguments to the server software that generates web pages. If your
ASP has its own password protection, you may need to pass the login
arguments explicitly to set a cookie, or else provide a back door for
PicoSearch, as described in this FAQ on Password Protection.
ASP.Net is a kind of ASP system which may create a certain
problem, not just with PicoSearch but with third party internet services
in general. In certain configurations ASP.Net can monopolize the web
form, preventing you from sending data to anyone else outside of your
site's server, whether that be a search engine or shopping cart or
whatever. The simplest solution for using PicoSearch is just to call
your search engine with a simple text link, so there's no form data, and
the user goes straight into your search engine's result page to do
their searching. See "How to Add a Search Box" in your account manager
for the text link format.
More complex ASP.Net solutions may be found on the internet, since
trying to make ASP.Net use another HTML form is a well-known challenge.
You might try calling PicoSearch directly from your server scripts, so
ASP.Net still controls and formats everything but your server shows
PicoSearch's results. Another possibility we saw mentioned in some
the server (runat="server"). Then your ASP server controls like Button
will work, but the call can go out to a new URL. We don't know how well
it works, but it might look something like the following. Compare to
"How to Add a Search Box" in your account manager for the omitted
details of a PicoSearch search box.
<form id="Form1" method="GET" runat="server"
onsubmit="document.Form1.action = 'http://www.picosearch.com/cgi-bin/ts.pl';">
<input type="hidden" name="index" value="YOUR-ACCOUNT-NUMBER">
<input type="text" name="query" value="">
<asp:Button Runat="server" BorderWidth="0" ID="submit" AlternateText="Search">