If it is important to you, then you can hide PicoSearch entirely using a
purchased plan, so that no one will ever know that you are using a
search engine which is not within your site. Of course, we appreciate it
very much if you want to recommend PicoSearch to your visitors
somewhere else, but we understand if you cannot do so and it is not
required. Here then is what you need to do:
- Turn Off the PicoSearch Branding: This is done in your
Account Manager's Page Design options, under the Designing topics. Just
check the box to no longer say the branding line, such as "Site Search
by PicoSearch". As a paying customer, you have your own template to
fully integrate your search results into your site's design as well. And
if you are an HTML newbie and not sure how to eliminate the PicoSearch
logo from the cut-and-paste search box code, it will disappear after you
turn off the PicoSearch branding - just revisit the "How to Add a
Search Box" link after updating the switch.
- Replace the URL with your own Private Search Domain: Since
your search engine is hosted over the internet, you are calling the
PicoSearch site to retrieve your index and display the search results.
All links for result pages then loop back to your own website, so the
system is completely functional but not completely transparent, since
users will temporarily see the address www.picosearch.com in the links
and browser status bar while exploring the search results.
It may be professionally desirable for your site to not
reveal any URLs other than your own. The search links can always remain
within your domain if you arrange for this with us. For example, you
can have the search appear to be your own in-house service by showing
the private domain "search.mysite.com", instead of "www.picosearch.com".
There is a one-time set-up fee for this, since it involves domain
registrations and custom server reconfigurations at PicoSearch
headquarters. The non-refundable one-time work fee is $150 for Professional accounts and $100 for Premium accounts, so please contact us for purchase (preferably contact us after paying for your account
online so we can easily bill your same credit card when setup is
Private Search Domain registration is the only method that will
completely mask the PicoSearch URL from your users without any
drawbacks. You are not prohibited from trying other browser tricks, but
they may seriously compromise your template and/or site design (we've
seen some creative attempts but nothing that can fix all the links). The
only other PicoSearch option that could supercede the Private Domain is
which allow you to integrate your search results into your site
directly from your own scripts. That is of course its own bigger project, and
would be overkill for just hiding the PicoSearch domain.