Search Any Blog : Firefox Plugin

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2007

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There is a vast amount of information present on the internet but sometimes you would rather restrict your search to a particular blog of your choice. Here is how you can enhance the seachbar of Firefox to search into a blog of your own choice. Simply follow the steps listed below

1. Copy this XML to the Firefox searchplugins folder. for ubuntu it exists under /usr/share/firefox/searchplugins

 

 

<SearchPlugin xmlns=http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/&#8221;>
<ShortName>Xebia</ShortName>
<Description>Xebia Blog Search</Description>
<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
<Image width=“16” height=“16”>data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACYAAAAgCAIAAADxBp3kAAAACXBIWXMAABcSAAAXEgFnn9JSAAAAB3RJTUUH1wkTEBAZvtwF1gAABOZJREFUSMe9V1trXFUU%2Ftbe5zqXTpvMpLnaVKHeUGyh9mKroKCWagvFPyD4JP4B3wrigy%2Fqgw8iiCjWotCqBSnUFAWLYtEWtZfEtDFtZnKfyUwyk3Pfy4dJYubSSQqm6%2B3sdc75zt7fWt%2F6DjEz7m2ImisO4ecBICghcu4JJASH8%2BzNsJsD%2B7UpBeVvACQJsvuIJFk97M3%2Bt1FWvJhFWP5fIOmOXEYuuzmyuiEMuOMsbTLSGwy5jAoQaUmYmQ3isjakCQBRGVr8fyyfO%2B%2BSIzg5aHFocXZyZHVBxjYIkqF8QLA3iRX%2BlLuEShpIgmSTNykfIA7nSU%2BBtPVDMtwpVg7CCpkdMDtWvdHl8g3IGMAU669H9Wc5XEDkQkuS3QPQurlUASuXYtthpCHt2htNyBjFtpHRzlW5WCUgHC5QrJ%2BsTpJma7xm5RNV2J1EVIHQ684DJNmbmhoZuvLzqIrUSqI4Pf%2F7wJ9qcYKDEsgEr79iOWJvEkaGpE1WN4RVz4HVTTIRqC1nPjx3%2BfylKIwAFCYLp947ffNaRZEFI%2BOH5vefnnPKTpWvqxeu3Lp6q6olKwzK48ePAwxmdrLQkmSmIa2GLVYxJaSZTLelezJnP%2FoutimeyqS%2BeOtEPBXfd3T%2Fha8vFiYWNqVTA5%2BdK82URq%2BMbuncMn1rWhqa7%2Fg%2FnvxhcmTCTsYSmxPEzOxNIVwgow162zoLffDi4Ol3T4F5x%2B4HD77y9Mm3T9z%2FxAPjw7n2nvTwb38%2FtPdhqcmx67e3PdqvW%2Fr1X67tfG7XlZ%2F%2B2nN4z%2B7DezQAUB4iB%2BIu2q69u91O2NmhbO%2BO3jAIS7OlSrGiGbqKlGEZe4%2FsE0IMXRyKwiiYD0iIfUf3%2B65PJJabRAXggN0JsnshzDXxitPFr975MtmWfOyZx8988O3BYwfGhsaiIPIcb%2FehJ89%2FPmDGLSFER18m0ZaMp%2BIjf4y4FacwXnjh1Rd3Pr9rVV9GDrvjZPWgVaFzuVj55M2Pt%2FZ3vvz6ETtpD%2F46%2BM37p586diDTl97Unuro3zpze8atOCpS9z2yrTxX1k1dN7TRq6NWwk73pOOpeK0URItcGYG0QJKs3roiqlI%2BfOnmtcvlQ6%2B9ZMbMqnjcuDx86ezAsTeelZpOdkOp%2B3kO5gAmu28pxasj8lTlH1aRcnIczNekWKnyTVZB5Oa9Uq4mEfpeYYhVxF6evRmue6wywpGngpJyxqsrdSNaAzMHBQRFNLa0ctnPUzhnxDfXznWpmyb7efbzzRQ7YH8WfoGWp0KDrHPEQRGkwc%2BT1bUke6zYzZIwQRqk3WykMPsFkIRfILMDWmJp0R0HE6RNQl9ebOUKHPYmyOyCMNidIGnCSK%2Bpn1A%2BOzkyM5Ax9qYIBLMDJNbtCpTLThYQpCVqpsraqFkQQRhkdTd%2BZUtXIExAICxDS96N0TAgdARF0lJNT6WVK2A3RzIOLc5hed1eS7EzQUKD3sbO2Cpe13AFAUDsTZEwl10Wr4dFgNifJRCsrQCBA3ayZLRD2CBasQoNrsCb4qiZK2gd%2FiwHC1ANrkD5vDgC0pelwGzmCiKvuStoEVVXEN9OVle9KxAGyKBYP5mdK16iXgqICFGR2APp67ZsgkhHOIeo3GQqSAvhHMIi3bEvOQT7gGh0BS03GoE9QEA0jISlFEFY1RTd%2B5%2B9fwHTMs%2B8dgguUQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg%3D%3D</Image>
<Url type=“text/html” method=“GET” template=http://blog.xebia.com&#8221;>
<Param name=“s” value=“{searchTerms}”/>
<Param name=“sourceid” value=“Mozilla-search”/>
</Url>
<SearchForm>http://blog.xebia.com/</SearchForm>
</SearchPlugin>

 

2. Restart Firefox.

3. You should now see the ‘Xebia’ option available in the searchbar dropdown.

4. Search! 🙂

Once you complete the steps. you would have a “Xebia” option present in the Firefox searchbar. This is the blog site for my current employer however you can change the blog location and the image to the one of your choice. The enhanced Firefox search bar should now look like this

If you want to add any new image for search at the search bar.

Just select the image that you want to use and convert it into text format using the following form on URI Kitchen. If you use base64 encoding, the size of your text string would be less.

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