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Google search box in MediaWiki

Here is how we added a Google Adsense search box to MediaWiki 1.12.0

1. Force the Monobook skin for all, or you’ll need to do the same with every skin

2. In your skins folder, create a file withtin a subfolder (for instance “adsense/adsense_search.php”) with the following content (edit with your own Google Adsense code, we put the whole thing because we edited the search box code a lot to make it fit best in the MediaWiki layout):

<form method=”get” action=”http://www.google.com/custom” target=”google_window”>
<div>
<label for=”q”><img src=”http://www.google.com/logos/Logo_25wht.gif” width=”75″ height=”32″ alt=”Google search”/></label><br/>
<input type=”hidden” name=”domains” value=”www.zengamers.com”/>
<input type=”text” name=”q” id=”q” size=”20″ maxlength=”255″ value=”zengamers”/>
<div style=”text-align:left;”>
<input type=”radio” name=”sitesearch” id=”but_web1″ value=””/><label for=”but_web1″>Web</label><br/>
<input type=”radio” name=”sitesearch” id=”but_web2″ value=”www.zengamers.com” checked=”checked”/><label for=”but_web2″>ZenGamers</label><br/>
</div>
<input type=”submit” name=”sa” value=”Search”/>
<input type=”hidden” name=”client” value=”pub-9471398824076666″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”forid” value=”1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”channel” value=”9439165294″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”ie” value=”ISO-8859-1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”oe” value=”ISO-8859-1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”safe” value=”active”></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”flav” value=”0000″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”sig” value=”KS-Bk7FzutK3E_yj”></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cof” value=”GALT:#008000;GL:1;DIV:#336699;VLC:663399;AH:center;BGC:FFFFFF;LBGC:336699;ALC:0000FF;LC:0000FF;T:000000;GFNT:0000FF;GIMP:0000FF;LH:68;LW:100;L:http://www.zengamers.com/0custom/logo1s.png;S:http://www.zengamers.com;LP:1;FORID:1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”hl” value=”en”></input>
</div>
</form>

3. Edit MonoBook.php as follow:
After:

<div id=”searchBody” class=”pBody”>
<form action=”<?php $this->text(‘searchaction’) ?>” id=”searchform”><div>
<input id=”searchInput” name=”search” type=”text”<?php echo $skin->tooltipAndAccesskey(‘search’);
if( isset( $this->data[‘search’] ) ) {
?> value=”<?php $this->text(‘search’) ?>”<?php } ?> />
<input type=’submit’ name=”go” class=”searchButton” id=”searchGoButton” value=”<?php $this->msg(‘searcharticle’) ?>”<?php echo $skin->tooltipAndAccesskey( ‘search-go’ ); ?> /> 
<input type=’submit’ name=”fulltext” class=”searchButton” id=”mw-searchButton” value=”<?php $this->msg(‘searchbutton’) ?>”<?php echo $skin->tooltipAndAccesskey( ‘search-fulltext’ ); ?> />
</div></form>

Add:

<?php require(“adsense/adsense_search.php”); ?>

4. Upload the stuff 🙂

Credits: this time I made it all myself. Well, ok, credits to my old self, when I customized the search box 2 years ago :p

Update (2011-02-17): the current archived code on Wiki4Games (we’re now on Scroogle):

<form method=”get” action=”http://www.google.com/custom” target=”google_window”>
<div>
<label for=”q”><img src=”/0custom/google_logo.png” width=”75″ height=”32″ alt=”Google search”/></label><br/>
<input type=”hidden” name=”domains” value=”www.wiki4games.com”/>
<input type=”text” name=”q” id=”q” size=”18″ maxlength=”255″ value=”wiki4games”/>
<div style=”text-align:left;”>
<input type=”radio” name=”sitesearch” id=”but_web1″ value=””/><label for=”but_web1″>Web</label><br/>
<input type=”radio” name=”sitesearch” id=”but_web2″ value=”www.wiki4games.com” checked=”checked”/><label for=”but_web2″>Wiki4Games</label><br/>
</div>
<input type=”submit” name=”sa” value=”Search”/>
<input type=”hidden” name=”client” value=”pub-9471398824076666″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”forid” value=”1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”channel” value=”9439165294″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”ie” value=”ISO-8859-1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”oe” value=”ISO-8859-1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”safe” value=”active”></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”flav” value=”0000″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”sig” value=”KS-Bk7FzutK3E_yj”></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cof” value=”GALT:#008000;GL:1;DIV:#336699;VLC:663399;AH:center;BGC:FFFFFF;LBGC:336699;ALC:0000FF;LC:0000FF;T:000000;GFNT:0000FF;GIMP:0000FF;LH:68;LW:100;L:http://www.wiki4games.com/0custom/logo1s.png;S:http://www.wiki4games.com;LP:1;FORID:1″></input>
<input type=”hidden” name=”hl” value=”en”></input>
</div>
</form>

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  1. Sy Ali says

    Thanks again for this tutorial. I ended up hacking around a bit to remove the existing search area as well as implement an accesskey for the google search box.

  2. patheticcockroach says

    I’m not sure this is a good idea to remove the existing search box, for it gives some interesting functionalities IMO (like searching by namespace).



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