Firefox search plugins

June 28, 2006 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

FirefoxWow! I’ve just learned how to write firefox search plugins and they’re so easy to make. So I’m going to share the secret here by supplying a few links and supplying my first free plugin! To start out with, since I couldn’t find one around, I decided to make a search plugin for ABE books, since its such a central resource for so many booksellers. So, if you want to try it out, simple click here and choose to add the search engine to your browser. Obviously, you have to be using Firefox for this to work, so if you’re still one of those sorry folks lumbering across the interweb on your vintage Internet Explorer surfboard, head on over to http://www.mozilla.com/ to find out why you should be using this as your browser.

If you’re using Firefox already and don’t know how the search engine functionality works properly, have a look at this page. It certainly isn’t brain science, and it will save you having to download every search bar application in existence and installing it on your computer.

So, now that you have an idea about Firefox search, and hopefully you’ve installed my magic ABE search plugin, you might want to know a bit more about how you can add other search engines. Have a look here for a massive list of available search engines that you can add to firefox to extend your search functions.

Still, if you’re techie and you’re building websites for booksellers or you’re a bookseller with a bit of IT-savvy, you might want to build a plugin for your own search functionality. I started here for and excellent insight into how the search plugins work. In no time, you should be able to build your own search plugin. Still, this tutorial only shows you how to build your own personal plugin. If you want to share your plugin on the internet, you need to do a little bit of packaging and add some javascript to your website. Here’s a great little tutorial on the whole process.

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