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Space The Culture and Recreation Portal can provide your site with a free search facility that will allow your visitors to search the contents of your site. Please note that this facility is only available to the Australian websites listed in our database.


| How does it work? | Instructions | Contacting us for help | Further search options | Examples |

*Before you begin* For ease in setting up the Search on your website, please print out this screen.
To utilise this Search function on your website, your site must first be indexed by the Culture and Recreation Portal. To see if your website is already indexed, do a search for your website from our front screen. To add your website to our database, go to our
Add your website - form screen and fill in the online form.

How does it work?
The Culture and Recreation Portal robot examines all pages of your website and creates an index of these results. These results are then made available to visitors using our search for text strings. Your visitor can search your website, other related websites or the entire index of the Culture and Recreation Portal. It is a powerful tool with many custom options available to create the look and feel you want with a seamless integration into your own site.

Search form example:

Queensland Community Arts Network Australian cultural websites
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Note: this is a live example. If you try it, use the back button on your browser to return to this screen.

How to set up your website site search page step by step:
*Tip* If you are using website framesets, please visit our search troubleshooting page after you have constructed your initial search page for tips on fine tuning.

1) Create a new screen in your website with a suitable name, for example, www.yourname.com.au/search/. If you use framesets, create a new frameset (so users can bookmark your search and others can link directly to it).

2) Go to the search code screen select and copy all the search code.

3) Paste the search code into your website.
*Tip* If you are using a WYSIWYG HTML editor, you need to paste the code into the HTML view and not the WYSIWYG view.

4) Find out your website ID number on the Culture and Recreation Portal
You may already know this, but if you don't there are two ways to find it.

  • You can find the number by following these steps:
    • Go to the front screen at http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/.
    • Do a search for your website.
    • In the results list for your website, select the "More info..." link at top right to see the details we have about your website.
    • Look at the URL address for this screen in the address bar at the top of your browser screen.
    • Find the text which says "VdkVgwKey=", and the number after that is the ID number for your website.

    For example:

    In this example, the Queensland Community Arts Network website's ID number is 403.

  • Alternatively, send an email with the name of your website to editor@cultureandrecreation.gov.au and we'll tell you what it is. Note that it may take us until the next business day to reply to your email.

    Within Australia you may also ring us on our FREECALL number 1800 065 754 (during normal business hours Australian eastern time).

5) Put your website's ID number in the search form's code.

Add your website's ID number at VALUE=
eg <INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=WebsiteIDZone VALUE=403 CHECKED>

For example, for the ABC, VALUE would be changed to 3

6) Change the sample website's name in the search form code to your website's name.

7) Customise your site search results screen to integrate seamlessly with your website's look and feel by changing the value of the hidden header and footer fields. You can get instructions to customise the look and feel of your results screen here. 

8) Test. At this point you can test the search to see how it works.

9) Common problems you might encounter are explained in our Troubleshooting screen..

10) Please let us know when you have set up a site search on your website so we can include it in our list of examples. Email your site search web address to editor@cultureandrecreation.gov.au.

Contacting us for help
If you have followed the instructions and you are still having problems, either with making the search work or customising your results screen, please contact us via email to editor@cultureandrecreation.gov.au to get more help.

In your email please include your name, organisation name, website ID number, your daytime telephone number, and the nature of the problem. Please also include the website address of your site search (whether it is linked into your site or still in development) so we can look at the source HTML code if we need to.

Within Australia feel free to ring us on our
FREECALL number 1800 065 754 (during normal business hours Australian eastern time).

Further search options
The above example shows how to set up a combined search of your site along with a search of all sites indexed by the Culture and Recreation Portal, however many other search options are available. You can have multiple searches which target only specific areas of your site, as well as, or instead of, a full site search.

Alternatively, you can not have a site search of your site at all and just have a search of all Australian cultural websites indexed by the Culture and Recreation Portal. You can have a search of related websites in the same category, for example, all sites indexed under 'Museums' or 'Performing arts', or 'films and video', and so on. This is a handy tool that gives your website added functionality and a new service to your online visitors, as well as further strengthening the links amongst the Australian cultural community.

If you are interested in any of these further search options we can help you tailor a search which meets your specific needs. Please contact us via email to editor@cultureandrecreation.gov.au listing your website address and contact details including a daytime telephone number.

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