Customizing Stationery for Output Format-Specific Features : Customizations Specific to WebWorks Reverb : Configuring a Google Search Engine for Reverb : Managing Your Google Search Engine
 
Managing Your Google Search Engine
Once you have created a Google Search engine for a given deployment of your Reverb Help volume(s), you can now perform certain actions such as: modifying Sites (URLs to be indexed), checking the frequency of Indexing, setting Synonyms, enabling Autocompletions, monitoring usage, and more. All these management functions are done within the Google management interface. For specific instructions on these features you will need to consult the online help provided by Google. However, the following procedures and steps will help guide you through the basics and most likely will be sufficient for even your most advance search requirements.
Steps to Obtain Your Search Engine Unique ID
1. Visit the URL: http://www.google.com/sitesearch. Select the link labeled: Manage my account.
2. Select the control panel of the search engine you have created for your Reverb Help volume(s). If the Basics link is not highlighted, then select it.
3. In the center of the page, locate the text labeled: Search engine Unique ID. Copy this text value and save it for use in your ePublisher Project’s format setting called: Google Search Identifier.
Steps to Modify the URL Pattern(s) Used by Google to Create an Engine with only Your Reverb Help Files
1. Visit the URL: http://www.google.com/sitesearch. Select the link labeled: Manage my account.
2. Select the control panel of the search engine you have created for your Reverb Help volume(s). If the Sites link is not highlighted, then select it.
3. If you need to add a URL, select Add Sites button. A window will appear, in this window type the URL pattern that best describes the hierarchy that contains your Reverb help files. Most likely the pattern will be of the form:
http://<your_web_address>/<path_to_reverb_directory>/*
Note: The “*” is a wildcard that tells Google to include all files within this hierarchy of files, which is how Reverb is designed to function. There are other ways to include or exclude files within a Google Search engine, but using the “*” wildcard method requires the least configuration.
4. If you need to delete a URL, check the box of the URL to delete and select the Delete button.
Steps for On-demand Indexing by the Google Search-bot
The Google search-bot does a pretty good job of locating content on the Internet, but it may take several days before your new Reverb help volumes are discovered and indexed.
Warning: Make sure that your top-level Reverb entry URL is visible to Google by either having its value included within a Sitemap file hosted on your web server or by having a link to it from a known website page.
To avoid delays and difficulties with Google finding and indexing your files, you may want to use Google’s the On-demand Indexing feature. This feature will provide a very fast turn-around time of your indexing needs (check Google’s help information for specific metrics and how often and to what volume of pages you can submit requests for).
1. Visit the URL: http://www.google.com/sitesearch. Select the link labeled: Manage my account.
2. Select the control panel of the search engine you have created for your Reverb Help volume(s). If the Indexing link is not highlighted, then select it.
3. In the On-demand indexing using Sitemaps section, you will need to specify the location of a Custom Sitemap URL that contains the complete list of URL pages in your Reverb Help content.
a. Unfortunately at this time, ePublisher does not have a feature to create this file, however there are many utilities available (some free) that can create this file for you. The input to such a utility would simply be the top-level entry URL of your deployed Reverb help files. Once this file is created, place it on a web server so that it can be accessed by Google.
b. With the Custom radio box selected, locate the Sitemap URL field and enter the URL of your created Sitemap file.
c. Select the Index Now button. You are now ready to begin using the search engine.