Sikbox – Live Search Made Easy

“Live Search” is a term that people started using somewhere along the line to refer to AJAX-y search forms that display results as you type, rather than taking you to a results page. Kind of like Apple’s Spotlight search in OSX, which I have to say works great.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have something like that on your blog? A search form that, as you type, displays the results in a dropdown instead of a results page? That’s where Sikbox comes in.

Sikbox is a Yahoo BOSS app that allows you to create a cut and paste live search solution. It’s free, easy to install, and you can even apply your own CSS styles to it (or pick from one of the pre-made themes). You can search the entire web with it, or limit it to your website, like most of us would probably do.

Here’s a screenshot of it in action:

If you click on one results, you jump right to it. It works pretty good. It seems to work a lot better than the default WordPress search system too (providing your blog is in the Yahoo index).

  • Eduardo Sasso

    Nice post!

  • Rebecca

    That does seem convenient. I love the Spotlight search on OSX, and find myself using it often. It would be nice if a Mac version of Live Search were released. We mentioned Live Search on the news segment of our upcoming episode of MLTV which will be airing Monday! Great post!