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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2017

    Search box that searches in another website

    Hi Guys,

    I am from the Netherlands. Forgive me my spelling errors.
    I am a general practitioner (in training) and made a website with a colleague to bundle all the different links that help us to find medical information during the day. I used wordpress because it is easy in use and does not require coding skill's.
    In our site, we would like to add a search box that searches directly in the guidelines of our medical association. (www.nhg.org/standaarden) (standaarden is the Dutch word for guidelines) and then links to the search results on that website directly. (The guidelines are free to use for everyone btw)

    When looking how to implement this I found the following link from a person who had almost the same question.

    When I tried to copy and adjust the script I managed to get a search box on the place that I wanted, but does not actually does anything with the word I type in the search box.
    I then tried to analyse what the search box should do.
    I found out that the guidelines are searched on the website like this: https://www.nhg.org/standaarden/sear...-standaarden=X . The value X correspond with the search term that you put in.
    So basically , I need to have a script that creates the following link in a new window: ''https://www.nhg.org/standaarden/search?search-standaarden=X'' with X being the words that I put in the search box. The link should changes according to the words I type in the search box.

    Is there anyone that can help me to adjust the code so that it would work?
    I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Hi and welcome to the site. The idea that WordPress "does not require programming skills" is a common misconception. It is
    only true if the functionality you require is already implemented "out of the box" or by a pre-written WP theme.

    So, I would suggest that you look for a WP theme that has the functionality you need, and use that. Thread moved.
    Last edited by jedaisoul; 04-25-2017 at 03:20 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Thank you for your message.
    I am aware of the fact that programming skills are important when using wordpress. But the system makes it possible for a guy like me to create a website (www.artsportaal.nl) , which would not have been able for me otherwise.
    I already use a theme (with satisfaction) and have not found a theme or a pre defined plugin with the specific functionality.
    Do you think it is a fairly easy job to create such a script? Or quite complicated?

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    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    What you are asking for is very easy to do in PHP. I can't say how easy it is in a WordPress site because I do not use WP (or any other CMS), except that I am led to believe it is significantly more complex. If it helps, the PHP code could be as simple as:

    if (isset($_GET['parm'])) {$parm=$_GET['parm']; } else { $parm='default'}
    <a href=''https://www.nhg.org/standaarden/search?search-standaarden=<?php echo $parm;?>">search</a>
    Note: This assumes that your seach box generates a GET variable called 'parm' which this code turns into a link (as requested). It's a bit clunky, but that is what you asked for...

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