K-Search Premium Edition Overview

Premium edition is the most advanced edition of K-Search and contains all the features available for the script. In comparison to the cheaper Standard Edition it contains such features as News, Image and Shopping search (with possibility to add new search categories), site own sponsor system, search result caching for popular searches, spell checker and option to ban certain keywords for being used in search queries. If you are looking for a full-featured PPC/meta-search script (with more features being added in future) then the Premium Edition of K-Search is the way to go.

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System Requirements

  • PHP 4.2.0 or better
  • PHP shouldn't be running in safe mode or it at least must be enabled to execute an external program
  • MySQL database
  • Apache webserver with mod_rewrite module enabled

    Installation
  • Installation is done through a simple and explaining three-step wizard (instructions are available).  

    Frontend Features

    Searching The Web

    K-Search can query the following search engines simultaneously: Google, Yahoo!, AltaVista, MSN, Inktomi, FAST, Teoma, LookSmart and dmoz Open Directory. By default Google is not used, because it is against their terms of service, but you can enable it if you receive permission from Google. Recently a support for Google API has been added which allows you to query Google 1000 times per day but you'll have to register at Google an receive the API key. It is easy to add other engines, too, if necessary we can do it on request.

    Only the top 10 results are retrieved from each search engine. The retrieved results are grouped together using simple yet effective formula - for each 1st ranking the site receives 10 points, for 2nd place - 9 points and so on. After calculating the points, they are counted together and results are ordered by them. This assures that only the finest results are displayed first.

    The search process is so fast because all the search engines are queried at the same time - a separate process is executed to query each engine. In case any of the search engines do not respond within certain amount of time (by default - 2 seconds) it is skipped to remain the search process fast.

    Search results are cached in database to insure quick responses for popular searches and for viewing the second or third results page of the same search. Cached results are deleted after 24 hours, so that results would stay fresh and cache database wouldn't get huge.

    News, Image and Shopping searches

    K-Search offers your visitors a possibility to search for news (results are returned from BBC, CNN, ABC and Fox News sites), images (PicSearch.com and Netscape image search are used) or for shopping items (using amazon.com). To earn commission for items your visitors have purchased using the shopping search you can register as an affiliate at amazon.com.

    Displaying Search Results

    Search results are displayed in similar way as Google and other popular search engines does. At the bottom of each result entry there is a ranking bar (graphically displays the points received) and links to source search engines with rankings. User can disable these details in personal preferences.

    By default there are 10 results displayed for each page but user can change this from personal preferences.

    Sponsored Results

    In case there any advertised results available for the search query, these are displayed above all others. These results are arranged in order of the bid received. For advertisers it will only cost in case the user clicks on the link (Pay Per Click (PPC) principle). Sponsors can add small graphical image to advertised result which helps to grab users attention. To avoid mass-clicking for one sponsored entry, only one click from one address per specific entry is enabled. Sponsor payments are processed automatically using 2CheckOut or PayPal.

    You may also use an external feed for sponsored results, SearchFeed or Espotting for example, so you won't have to wait until sponsors signup at your site and you'll be ready to start serving sponsored results and earn money right after the K-Search has been set up.

    Site administrator can easily turn displaying of sponsored results on and off if needed.

    Advanced Search

    Users can greatly specify their search query here. They can specify which words or/and phrase must be within results, or if there can be any of entered words and words that must not be within results. Users can as well choose which search engines should be used and a number of results per page.

    Search Preferences

    Users may choose the language the site should display in, number of results per page, whether or not to display search summaries (ranking bar and information on source engines) and whether to open results in new browser window instead of the same window.

    Query Archive

    All processed search queries are logged in database in order to build a query archive with search engine friendly result links that will give your site a good chance for it's result pages to get spidered by search engines. These queries can also be used to provide related queries. Queries from advanced search or queries using boolean logic are not logged in to keep the query-base clean.

    Related Searches

    K-Search provides a list of related search queries for every Web search request (related queries are pulled from Yahoo!). In case Yahoo! is turned off or did not retrieve any results K-Search will provide related queries using it's own query base. Site administrator can turn off displaying of related queries if so prefered.

    Popular Searches

    The Popular Searches feature with a preset high-priced keyword list which you can freely change or re-arrange any time helps to drive your visitors to searches that would give you the highest return. There are lots of keywords that are being priced for $0.50 and more just for a single click (example)!

    Spell Checking

    K-Search provides a spell checking feature to help your visitors quickly correct misspelled searches. For example, a misspelled search query busines travl will be corrected to business travel with a link to results page of the corrected search query provided. See an example of how the spell checker works!

    NOTE: To use the spell checker the pspell library must be installed with PHP.

    Result Caching

    Returned results can be cached in database to speed up popular searches and save some bandwidth for your server.

    Safe Search

    If you want some certain keywords to be blocked from searching then you can use the Safe Search feature. For example, adult or warez queries could be unwelcome for your site so all you have to do is to add these keywords to banned list. See an example how a search for warez programs has been effectively blocked!

    Multilanguage Ready

    The site can be translated in any language through language files.

    Online Demo!

    Take a look how this works yourself!

    Sponsors Area Features

    Advertisers can easily register to sponsors area to specify the sites they wish to advertise and automatically upload funds to cover advertising costs.

    Signup

    Registration is being done through quick and small form. After registration a confirmation email is submitted to insure that advertisers do only register with their real emails. In case advertiser has forgotten his login details, these can be automatically submitted to email that was used in registration.

    Adding Funds

    Funds can be automatically transferred to your account by advertisers using 2CheckOut and/or PayPal payment gateways. The funds must be added before the sponsored results are displayed. Site admin can specify the mimium amount of funds that can be added at one time. The funds can be manually added by site admin through administration are as well in case different payment method (bank wire transfer, check, etc.) is used.

    Adding Sites

    Advertiser may enter site title, URL, keywords and description. As well campaign specific details like bid (the amount paid by advertiser for each click) and time start and finish of advertising. A small image can be uploaded as well.

    Main Page

    View current account balance and spendings today, last 7 and 30 days.

    View Current Sites

    View all the sites the advertiser has added, activate, suspend, edit or delete them.

    Online Demo!

    Take a look at sponsors area! (username: demo, password: demo)

    Backend Features

    Site adminstration area lets site owner modify all aspects of the site

    Manage Sponsor Accounts
    • View and edit all aspects of sponsor accounts. Search accounts by email, www address, signup IP; order accounts by signup date, funds, etc. Change username, password, email. View account balance. Delete user if necessary.
    • Add funds manually and see payment history for account
    • Manage individual sites - change titles, keywords or descriptions or suspend/activate the site.
    Edit Templates

    K-Search is fully template based that enables it to be customized as easy as possible.

    • Edit page templates
    • Edit CSS stylesheet
    • Edit email templates
    • Edit language files
    Edit Software Options

    Software options lets main site characteristics to be changed. Site name can be changed, also search options - which search engines to use, results retrieval timeout, whether to cache results, etc. Also through software options site owner can enter his PayPal and 2CheckOut ID's and choose which payment gateways to use.

    Manage Popular Searches

    Edit a list of high-priced keywords that are displayed at the index page of K-Search.

    Manage Safe Search

    Edit a list of banned keywords that you'd like to disable searching for on your site.

    Manage Categories

    Using this tool you can add/delete/create new search categories (there are 4 categories by default - web, news, image and shopping) and also change the order in which the categories are displayed in search forms.

    Online Demo!

    Try the administration area yourself! (username: demo, password: demo)

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