A low bandwidth WordPress plugin for Google Site Search
We've recently published an open-source plugin to add a lightweight Google Site Search to WordPress websites.
The plugin was developed for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) website. CDKN were finding that their users were not using the built-in search facility based on Solr because they were getting better results from Google. So we replaced the simple keyword search on the site with Google Custom Search. At the same time we improved the search results for Solr, which the CDKN site still uses for the advanced search.
We based our code on Jason Clark's Digital Collections Custom Search API used by Montana State University. Thanks to the free software license, we were able to change this code to suit the needs of CDKN.