Webinator

Highly customizable document search engine software & website index system

Webinator website search engine software offers a number of features and benefits for both website administrators and users.

Administrators

  • Fully customizable search interface with XML and SOAP support
  • Detailed verification and logging of document linkages
  • Index/update documents while search is in use
  • SQL query interface to the database for maintenance and reports
  • Multiple index engines run concurrently against a common database
  • Adobe Acrobat/PDF file support, with highlighting of hits within AcrobatReader, plus Adobe Shockwave/Flash file support
  • 100+ word processor and file formats

Users

  • Simple navigation, spelling suggestions and as-you-type query completions
  • Powerful and easy to use query syntax for:
      Natural language
    • Set logic
    • Special pattern matchers (regular expressions, quantities, fuzzy patterns)
    • Relevance ranking
    • Proximity controls
  • Document similarity searches (Doc Surfing)
  • Link reference reports
  • In-context result listings
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Features/Benefits

Highly customizable document search engine software & website index system

Highly customizable document search engine software & website index system

The Webinator Web Index & Retrieval System is a highly customizable website search engine software package built on the Texis platform and coded in Vortex (Texis Web Script) that allows for the easy creation and deployment of a high quality search interface to collections of web documents—no matter where they reside.

One Installation, Many Searches

One Installation, Many Searches

A single installation can serve searches for many websites, or different areas within a website, and a customizable thesaurus or synonym file allows users to find documents even if the terminology they use is different from that on the site. As a flexible solution, Webinator indexes multiple sites into one common index or separate indexes for separate searches.

Get Extras and Add-Ons

Get Extras and Add-Ons

To acquire additional useful scripts for Webinator, check out the Webinator Extras and Add-Ons page.


Support & Documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Webinator website search engine software.

You can usually just write the JavaScript inline like HTML code, since Vortex version 4 and later doesn't require

Yes. Just supply all of the starting URLs to as Base URLs. Or use one of the options: URL file or URL URL. You can also index multiple sites into separate search collections, by creating multiple profiles.

You can use the Visited field from the HTML table. If the web-server returned the modified date it will be stored here, otherwise the time the page was crawled will be stored.

When asked for your CGI directory during installation, you need to provide the correct directory for your web server—not just any directory called cgi-bin. Check your web server's configuration to find the right location. In IIS, this is often c:\inetpub\scripts. On Windows, you may have something called urlscan enabled, which is blocking access to files with .exe extensions.

If both machines are running the same operating system on the same type of CPU—i.e., the platform printed in parentheses by Texis-version is identical— then yes. If not, then probably no. Databases are typically not compatible across platforms. After uploading, you should remove the SYSLOCKS file if it exists.

Webinator will stay under the directory of the base URL(s) you provide. You may also use exclusions to prevent walking of specific sections.


Customer Testimonials

"I think Webinator is a fabulous product. It was exactly what I was looking for."

Monte Richardson, M&A Technology

"Webinator is a really well thought-out product that has a lot of different tools built into it. It's a full-functioning web indexing and retrieval package. You can even include or exclude specified external links."

Dr. Glenn Barry, President and Founder Ecological Internet

"The access to the source code and the flexibility of Webinator were definitely both something of value to us. Basically, we could not have done what we did without it."

Jesus Carrillo, Director of Information Technology Trade Press Publishing Corporation

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Webinator 17.0 Enhancements

Webinator 17.0 Enhancements

  • Drop-in JavaScript interface added: search may be added directly to a site simply by adding a script to any HTML page
  • Results may be narrowed to those that link to a specific URL, via link: query syntax
  • More parametric facets may be created: limit is now 50 instead of 25
Download/Pricing

Download/Pricing

Webinator is available in four versions to meet a variety of needs, including a free downloadable version. If you need additional features or capabilities, the full Texis product is also available (includes the Webinator application).

User Search Help

User Search Help

Get helpful information about forming a query, using word forms, controlling proximity and more.

Get a Head Start

Get a Head Start

In three easy steps, the Thunderstone Head Start Program quickly delivers successful search results.

Protect Your Investment

Protect Your Investment

All Thunderstone search solutions come with a perpetual license software, the ability to easily scale and penalty-free upgrades.