Creating a search box to search photos on website's server

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by htg, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. htg macrumors regular

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    #1
    The title probably hasn't explained it at all well, so let me clarify:

    I know basic HTML, and I'm wondering how you would do this.

    I want to be able to have a search box on my site that will allow visitors to search for photos that are hosted on the site's server.

    So, totally random example: if you've uploaded a photo of a cat to the photos folder on the website's server entitled 'cat.jpg' I want people who visit the site to be able to type cat into the search box so that they can find and view the photo.

    I don't think it's super hard to do and I don't think it would require a database either as all you're doing is searching one folder.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. ppc_michael Guest

    ppc_michael

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    Los Angeles, CA
    #2
    HTML can't do that by itself; you'll need a script that runs on the server that can look in the photos directory and return the results formatted as HTML.

    A very popular scripting language is PHP. Functions that you will likely find useful include scandir() to get a directory listing, foreach() to iterate through each entry (file name) in that directory listing, and stripos() to determine if the search string matches part of the filename.
     

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