Guide: Install a Firefox Plugin for searching Logos Forums

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Mar 21 2012 4:41 AM

I created a Firefox plugin to allow quick searching of the Logos Forums from the Firefox search bar.

It will search Google.com adding in the parameter "site:community.logos.com". If you send in a blank search it will simply navigate you to http://community.logos.com.

It includes a Logos icon to easily see that you are using the Logos Forum search. Here's an image of what it looks like:

To install it, save this XML file to your Firefox search plugins folder (normally at C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins). You will need to restart Firefox for it to appear. (Right click on the link and select the option to save the file to your hard drive).

7271.LogosForum.xml

TIP: Even better (as you may not want to change your default Search Bar settings), once you have it installed, you can add a "keyword" to your search engine, so that you can use it from the address bar by typing a keyword or letter before your search. Here's how this works:

1. In the Firefox Search Bar, go to "Manage Search Engines".

2. Select "Logos Forum Search" and the select "Edit Keyword".

3. Type the letter "l" (or whatever other keyword you prefer) and then select "OK". If you like, add keywords to your other search engines as well. Then select "OK" to close the "Manage Search Engines" dialog.

4. In the Firefox address bar, type "l" and then a space, and then whatever you want to search for. Firefox will open up a Google search window displaying search results from the Logos Forums.

TIP: To navigate to the Logos Forums, simply type "l" in your Firefox address bar and hit "Enter".

 

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UncleBob | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 21 2012 7:46 AM

Fr. Roza --

Nice job with this. Don't forget to submit it to the FF plugins area, so that it can be properly "vetted" and perhaps it will be publicized to a larger audience (i.e., people searching for FF plugins).

Perhaps this could also be rolled out for Google Chrome (what I use).

And welcome to the forums!

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Bradley Grainger (Logos) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 21 2012 10:18 AM

UncleB:

Perhaps this could also be rolled out for Google Chrome (what I use).

You can add a keyword-based Logos forum search to Chrome as follows:

  1. Right-click the address bar and choose "Edit search engines..."
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page that appears.
  3. In the three fields at the bottom, enter the following information (one item per field):
    1. Logos Forum Search
    2. l
    3. http://www.google.com/search?q=site:community.logos.com+%s
  4. Press enter after pasting into the last field to save your changes.

You can now type "l some terms here" in the address bar to perform a Logos forum search with Google.

(Note that that is a lowercase "L" in string #2 and in the example above. If you'd like to use a different letter (or a keyword) change the 2nd string (the "Keyword" field) when creating your search engine.)

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 21 2012 4:26 PM

Bradley Grainger:

UncleB:

Perhaps this could also be rolled out for Google Chrome (what I use).

You can add a keyword-based Logos forum search to Chrome as follows:

 

  1. Right-click the address bar and choose "Edit search engines..."
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page that appears.
  3. In the three fields at the bottom, enter the following information (one item per field):
    1. Logos Forum Search
    2. l
    3. http://www.google.com/search?q=site:community.logos.com+%s
  4. Press enter after pasting into the last field to save your changes.

 

You can now type "l some terms here" in the address bar to perform a Logos forum search with Google.

(Note that that is a lowercase "L" in string #2 and in the example above. If you'd like to use a different letter (or a keyword) change the 2nd string (the "Keyword" field) when creating your search engine.)

EXCELLENT!!  Big Smile

 

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UncleBob | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2012 8:09 AM

Bradley, you da man!

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John Murphy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2012 5:29 AM

This worked great!  Thanks a lot.

 

John

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2012 5:59 AM

You might want to put a link to this thread on Tools and Files supplied by users.

Anyone who can come up with an equally easy solution for Safari on Mac?

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2012 6:59 AM

fgh:
Anyone who can come up with an equally easy solution for Safari on Mac?

Internet search found a Mac forum discussion => http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-apps-games/212607-safari-5-custom-search-engine.html

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2012 7:54 AM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Thanks, I'll have a look at it later. 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2012 8:40 AM

Thank you Fr Devin. It even works for Firefox Mac—Once I found the searchplugins folder Big Smile

fgh:
Anyone who can come up with an equally easy solution for Safari on Mac?

For any interested Mac user:

With Firefox inactive

Find the Firefox application icon

Right click and select "Show Package Contents"

Open folder "MacOS"

Place the downloaded file in folder "searchplugins"

Now you can start Firefox and search the Logos forums.

UPDATE: Could not find a similar plugins folder to Safari, my preferred browser

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 26 2012 11:43 AM

I created the same search add-in for Internet Explorer and uploaded it to the Internet Explorer Search Plugin gallery. They rejected my submission! Crying

Here is the message they sent me!!

Thanks for your submission to the Internet Explorer Gallery.  Your Search Provider was not posted due to the following reason:

There is currently a lack of community demand for this add-on scenario.

Regards,

Internet Explorer Gallery Team

Maybe I should have used Bing instead of Google! Wink

Here below is the search provider for Internet Explorer in case anyone / Logos wants to make it available by some other means. Unfortunately it cannot be installed unless it is attached to a web page.

4048.IE9SearchProviderLogosForum.xml

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 26 2012 12:01 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

KS4J - Have you installed GLIMS on your mac? I am interested, but a little hesitant since its not Apple approved. 

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 26 2012 12:39 PM

Jack Caviness:
UPDATE: Could not find a similar plugins folder to Safari, my preferred browser

I found a solution, which is not ideal, but works fine.

 

  1. Visit the Safari extension gallery: https://extensions.apple.com/
  2. Scroll down and click on the "search tools" tab on the left.
  3. Install the extension "Custom Search" (there are many others… this was the first I tried… if you find a better one, let me know!)
  4. Open the settings on the extension and create a new item (as shown in screen shot)
  5. The URL line is http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=site:community.logos.com+#TEXT#
  6. Type in the Icon URL as shown.
  7. Set "Button" to "1" which will create a button directly to a Logos forum search as shown in second screen shot

I would prefer if I could do the search directly from the default safari search bar, but this saves some time. There is also an icon created which will bring up the "Custom Search" search bar. See screen shot #3. You can use this to directly search the logos forums. (type your search and click the logos icon)

 

 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 27 2012 4:25 AM

Good catch Bama. Thanks.

Made one change to your procedure: Set Entry to "1" with this result

This makes Logos Forum search stand out. No searching for the correct search button Geeked

EDIT:

Set Entry to "2" may be better

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 27 2012 4:42 AM

Jack Caviness:
Set Entry to "1"

 

Jack Caviness:
Set Entry to "2" may be better

Actually… If you notice what "1" is by default (which you figured out is the heading "search"), if you wanted to, you could create your own category called "Logos." Then you could repeat the steps above to create links to search 1) the forums 2) the wiki 3) Logos Products 4) Vyrso products. I haven't don't it yet, but I might. Big Smile 

 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 27 2012 5:10 AM

alabama24:
Visit the Safari extension gallery: https://extensions.apple.com/

Safari menu has "Safari Extensions..."

alabama24:
Install the extension "Custom Search" (there are many others… this was the first I tried… if you find a better one, let me know!)

From descriptions, "Custom Search" looks appropriate.

Thanks, choose entry # 2 with button # 1.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 27 2012 7:29 AM

alabama24:
if you wanted to, you could create your own category called "Logos."

Interesting. Might do that later

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