Internet Searches Made Easy

If you turn to the Internet to find out more information about a contact in our database you’ll love this. (e.g. driving directions, company research, etc.)  By customizing GoldMine’s Internet Search feature you can automatically pass necessary GoldMine Record information to web forms. Let’s look at the following example, using the search engine Google.com:

First we need to understand that a web form uses variables to store a visitor’s input. Let’s say we’re searching for the company “FrontRange Solutions.” We go to Google.com and type “FrontRange Solutions” in the search box, and click the “Google Search” button. Google will now display its search results. Notice the URL address has changed from http://www.google.com to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=FrontRange+Solutions. The part that we are interested in is the “&q=FrontRange+Solutions.”

This tells us that Google uses a variable named “&q” to store our search query text. Now in GoldMine create a new Internet Search entry for Google. We go to our menu Lookup->Internet Search, and click on the pencil and ruler icon to edit the ISearch.ini properties. Then we add the following section to the ini file:

[Google]

URL1= http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Data= &q=<<COMPANY>>

Icon=5

The above section creates a new Icon for Google. When clicked GoldMine will pass the current contact’s company name to Google, and submit the search. GoldMine version 5.7 adds to this capability by allowing us to create a taskbar icon to perform the same search. These features will save your users time by preventing them having to type information that is already in GoldMine.  If you follow this train of thinking, you can also add these searches to your GoldMine task bar. 

If you turn to the Internet to find out more information about a contact in our database you’ll love this. (e.g. driving directions, company research, etc.)  By customizing GoldMine’s Internet Search feature you can automatically pass necessary GoldMine Record information to web forms. Let’s look at the following example, using the search engine Google.com:

 

First we need to understand that a web form uses variables to store a visitor’s input. Let’s say we’re searching for the company “FrontRange Solutions.” We go to Google.com and type “FrontRange Solutions” in the search box, and click the “Google Search” button. Google will now display its search results. Notice the URL address has changed from http://www.google.com to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=FrontRange+Solutions. The part that we are interested in is the “&q=FrontRange+Solutions.”

 

This tells us that Google uses a variable named “&q” to store our search text. Now in GoldMine create a new Internet Search entry for Google. We go to our menu Lookup->Internet Search, and click on the pencil and ruler icon to edit the ISearch.ini properties. Then we add the following section to the ini file:

 

[Google]

URL1= http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Data= &q=<<COMPANY>>

Icon=5

 

The above section creates a new Icon for Google. When clicked GoldMine will pass the current contact’s company name to Google, and submit the search. GoldMine version 5.7 adds to this capability by allowing us to create a taskbar icon to perform the same search. These features will save your users time by preventing them having to type information that is already in GoldMine.  If you follow this train of thinking, you can also add these searches to your GoldMine task bar.