Find Page (Search)

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dbQwikSite can generate Find Pages which allows your visitors to search for the records that match their specific criteria. The Find Page is closely linked to your data page and works to return subsets of records to your data page. You are able to customize the Search Page to meet your visitors' needs.  After searching, the results of the search displayed on the data list page, can be viewed, exported, or emailed.  This ability to retrieve specific data on-line and export allows you to create advanced applications with data sharing via the web.

 

Including a Find (Search) Page in a Page Group.

 

If your page group does not display a Find Page, it must be "hidden".  To unhide the search page follow the instructions found in Showing and Hiding Pages

 

You do not have to define that dataset of a search page.  It shares the same dataset as its data list page.

 

How it Works

 

The search page is a page that your visitors can use to locate records in your database.  The search page offers your visitors a form in which they can specify values to search for in the corresponding field. Unlike Google and other web searches the search page is not searching an index of free text, it is looking inside you database at fields that match the input values.  When a search is executed your database is interrogated, and matching records are retrieved and displayed on the data list page.

 

For example you may have a data list page displaying Shirts, Prices, Size and Color.  Using the search page your visitor can find very specific data.  A sample query maybe: List all Shirts priced between 20 and 50 dollars, in Large Size and are blue.  When this query is run only the records from the database that meet the search criteria will be displayed on the data list page.

 

Search Page Options

Search pages can be very powerful tool for letting your visitors get to the right information that they are seeking with a minimum of effort.  There are several options available to create search pages that meet your specific needs. Options include ability to search for one value in several fields at once, ability to add pick lists to search input boxes, to search for ranges of values, to let user specify and/or options in searches, to offer simple searches in the case that your users do not need advanced features. More information on search options can be found in the Search Options Section.

 

Tip:

When the search page is generated it contains all fields in the dataset of your data list page.  Often you need only a few of these fields to offer users to search on.  You can easily remove unwanted items simply by right mouse clicking them and selecting Remove Item.  Or you can select the item in the explorer and press the delete key.

 

Note: Adding a Search Page to your website will allow your visitors to quickly locate the records in your database that match their specified criteria. dbQwikSite will generate a Search Page based on the information in your Data Page. You are then able to customize the Search Page to meet your visitors needs.

 


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