Zoom Search Engine - Dreamweaver Integration
Using Zoom with Macromedia Dreamweaver
Zoom can now be installed as a Dreamweaver Extension. This allows you to index and manage your site's search engine directly from the popular web development environment, Macromedia Dreamweaver. The best way to add a search function to a site created with Dreamweaver!
(Last updated: 14/Jan/2010)
For Dreamweaver (MX/8/CS3-MX 2004/CS4) on Windows only.
This is a MXP file and must be installed with the Macromedia Extension Manager. See the Installation instructions below.
The New V6 Dreamweaver Extension
The new V6 extension is an interface in Dreamweaver which launches Zoom and pre-load your Dreamweaver project settings into Zoom. It will automatically install the full Zoom Search Engine package that you can download elsewhere on this site.
Note that this is different to previous versions of the extension (V5 or earlier) where the extension acted as a separate installation of Zoom.
This also means that, should you wish to update to the latest V6 build available, you can simply download the full update from our main Downloads page and the extension will also be updated.
After downloading the MXP file, start up Dreamweaver, click on the the "Help" menu, and select "Manage Extensions..."
This will open the Macromedia Extension Manager window. Click on "File" and select "Install Extension...". Now locate the MXP file you have downloaded and click "Install". Proceed with the following steps that appear. When the installation has completed, you should see something like the following screenshot.
You will have to restart Dreamweaver for the installation to complete.
Under the "Commands" menu in Dreamweaver, there are two new options: "Index site with Zoom Search Engine" and "How to create a Search Page for your site".
Selecting "Index Site with Zoom Search Engine" will start the Zoom Indexer. You use this to scan through the contents of your site to create the files required for the search engine. You also use this to update your search engine when you make changes in your website.
The Indexer lets you select from Offline mode or Spider mode.
Once the files are correctly uploaded, you will be able to access your new search engine by entering in the URL to the search page in your web browser. For example, if you selected the PHP version, and uploaded your files to a sub-folder named "search", your new search page will be at http://www.mysite.com/search/search.php
Enter in some search words and give it a try!
This is just the tip of the iceberg! There is a myriad of options you can choose from to enable highlighting, sorting by dates, categories, and much more. Now that you have a working search page however, you can pry deeper into Zoom's settings. Everything from colours, fonts and page layout, to the text messages that appear can be changed to your liking.
More comprehensive information about using and configuring your Zoom Search Engine can be found in the Users Guide which is available as a free download.
If you have problems with using or installing the Dreamweaver Extension, please check our FAQ page for Dreamweaver here.
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