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avatar RowanFN
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Hey Guys,

Recently I was browsing for specific Minecraft related stuff and thought, there is so much crap here, I'm sure it can be simplified,
So, I decided to create a specific Minecraft Search Engine, using a more defined Google search engine,

I've currently added quite a few minecraft related URL's which is used to search, but I know i'm missing some, so wondering if you minecraft community people can help me with a few more websites etc to expand this search engine for Minecraft.

Currently:
The site is complete In its style and looks, It also has various new Web Pages which vary from the Following so far:
Crafting/Smelting Recipes
Colour Chart
Item ID
Entity ID
Potion Recipe
Potion ID
Dynmap
Skin Viewer
Skin Editor
Skin Catcher
Head Catcher - WIP
Banner Creation
NBT Editor
Image Editor
Server Checker
World Generation
Flat World Generation
TellRaw Generator


Looking to get:
Minecraft Status Check

Anything else, just comment, I'm always up for new ideas or areas.

There is also a Donation button on the site, if you would like to donate to keep it going, if a good amount of donations come through etc, i will try to remove the ads on the search engine which is a paid feature.

There is also a little Google Chrome app you can install.
This Extension has some of the more used features on the site as a handy drop down list for you to use!

There is also a Android App as well for your phone and Tablet.

For now the Site can be access by this link, or https://www.minesearch.info

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Tell Raw Generator Added and Other Plans! : 07/13/2017 8:22:18 amJul 13th, 2017

Hello!


An update on that now in the MC Generators section is a Tell raw generator for all those titles/signs/books etc.
The button is the bottom left (flat gen picture at the moment) as a custom icon hasn't been made just yet.

Plans for updating some of the most used for 1.12 is on way as well, thank you for the patients!

Hope you all enjoy :D
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You should put this on GitHub. I'm willing to contribute to this project! I can help with the Minecraft status checker. GitHub username is Usernamer.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 23, 2016, 9:54 am
Hey,

Any help would e awesome, I've tried to get the status working since the beginning.

Personally i don't know how to use github that much at all, so uploading to it is going to be hard because its just a confusing method haha. the site is made from the sites builder at the moment, and images/refs are stored on a server which needs to be online of course.
If you ever post this onto GitHub, i'd also be willing to contribute :) It's quite simple actually, just create a new repository and upload your files. Anyone can then fork (aka copy) your repository and make changes to it. They can then send pull requests, and you can accept them, to merge their changes to your main repository. Hope that explains it a bit :)
  • tobbestark
  • Level 40
  • Master Architect
  • April 21, 2016, 7:55 am
Yes! This is what we need!
You should add some of the most generic mods' OFFICIAL websites, and not those virus scamsites like "fiveminecraft" or "minecraft(shaderpacks/resourcepacks/maps/seeds/you know what I mean)". I know that'd be appreciated by ALOT of people
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 22, 2016, 4:46 pm
Hey,
Thank you so much for your input.

The search engine is still far form perfect in the spectrum of minecraft, so if you find anything missing honestly feel free to PM me or email on the site and i will update it. I want it to be really good for the community, but does require some help form the community if i'm missing some aspects.

Same goes for blocking site (like fiveminecraft, i couldn't find its address) just let me know of the link, i can check and block its input.

Thank you again!
  • tobbestark
  • Level 40
  • Master Architect
  • April 24, 2016, 11:16 am
I know you're working hard on it, and it's a really good work. I'd download the app if it weren't for I being an iPhone pleb. Don't worry, it's just temporarily until I have enough money to buy an android phone.
But it was just an idea, because I searched for my resourcepack and found it on minecraftsix.com. It's a scamsite, the download link goes to some website that want's my credit card number. I know it's scam, but I know the majority of people will not know that. That's why i think you should block all those fake sites. Because I really think this project can go far, and that'd be a huge deed to everyone that doesn't know about scamsites. But don't stress it, project like these take a lot of time to create. I don't even know how to do it, but I'm sure you can do it ;)
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 25, 2016, 4:20 pm
Hey,

Thank you so much for this.
The filter works only on the sites I have added myself, and thus I didn't know this is a scam site, but also may miss a few very useful sites, which i try to search for.

The site selected has been removed, and should not include it anymore for people.

If there are any legit sites you use, let me know i'll add them. and there shouldn't be anymore iffy sites as far as i'm aware. Would a list link help? so if there is anything missing or would be good to add, you can request it.

Thanks for this!
  • tobbestark
  • Level 40
  • Master Architect
  • April 25, 2016, 9:20 pm
Thank you! But the only legit sites are really Planetminecraft and Minecraftforums. All the other one's steals things mad from other people. But maybe that goes to bland for your filter. Maybe you could add sites from the original creators, like optifine.net. That'd be a cool thing maybe
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • April 10, 2016, 12:07 pm
Are you still working on this, @RowanFN? It has potential! :)
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 16, 2016, 6:07 pm
Hey,

Yes i am, there are just updates to go out for 1.9, and more that i would want to add, and bugs to fix,

Its finding time to do it all and add it all in haha,

I'm glad you like it :)
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 17, 2015, 5:27 am
Credit Pls?
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 18, 2015, 9:50 am
Hey Amazo,


I forgot to inform you but shortly after the app you created I couldn't get it to work with the linking etc, so I had to make my own bookmark one and have been using that instead.


I dunno what went wrong or maybe it was my download, but its simple at the moment, if you want to expand to the other pages etc that are there and will be coming
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 21, 2015, 6:02 am
Oh... Kk
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 21, 2015, 6:07 am
Hey,


I apologise for the inconvenience caused, but if you wanted to expand the extension you have and discuss it, make sure it works well again and keeps updated, then of course we would notify it was created by you and mantained.
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 22, 2015, 5:22 am
Okay, there wan't any inconvinience :P I don't really have time to do another one, i'm working on other stuff... But maybe sometime in the future...
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2015, 11:18 am
Awesome glad to hear it :)
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • August 20, 2015, 5:47 pm
Website is turning out really great. Like, wow! It's unbelievable. BTW, what programs are you using to create and host the website? Just curious.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • August 23, 2015, 4:22 pm
it varies in a few programs, mostly a bit of html and java, though some i'm also making in GMS, it depends what you're after it for and what to do with it.


Glad you're liking it though :)
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • July 19, 2015, 8:52 am
Website is looking awesome. Just work on the Crafting page (http://www.minesearch.info/crafting.html) a little more.

Also, the Crafting, Banner Creator, and Skin Viewer buttons should be centered vertically under the search bar. Just a thought.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • August 12, 2015, 2:14 am
Have updated the site a bit, what do you think?


I haven't finished the Crafting recipe page though, as its using a windows only program, and i'm on holiday with my mac.
will resume it soon and will get them sorted
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • July 20, 2015, 4:14 am
Hey,

Yeah I need to spend an extra 2 or more boring hours doing all the recipes haha,

the buttons are only there as a temp while I sort a few things out, Was trying to get a Skin Editor sorted, but not working too well so far, what do you think? or should i just link it to Nova or something :/


also what else would you like to see on there?
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 31, 2014, 6:35 am
BTW, what is the "hit counter" thingy on MineSearch?
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • January 3, 2015, 6:23 am
The hit counter i placed at the beginning, just to give an indication on how much the site has been used, just to see if many people are using it.
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 31, 2014, 6:31 am
You should update this post to say about the GC plugin ;D
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • January 3, 2015, 6:22 am
The main text has been edited to mention the Chrome App :)
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • December 23, 2014, 4:16 am
In my opinion, it looks great. I do want to know a few things:
1) How did you get the custom background for your main page?
2) How did you get more than the Web and Image tabs?
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2014, 7:28 am
Thanks, i'm glad you like it, any improvements though feel free to comment, i know about ads atm but nothing much i can do right now with it,

1. The background is from image searching on google then using a bit of photoshop work, to a 1920x1080 size for the webpage, and as its repeatable from the side, its marked in the webpage format that it will repeat on the X axis if needed, but not the Y

2. And thats from google, into editing it out in the advance section and tinkering, you can have specific filters for the pages you allow to view, which took a while after I added quite a few sites, but does help specify even more for some viewers, if you use Google's help, i'd advise to test out the Advance side, some bits look a bit scaryly weird but can benifit a lot for the engine, and if you don't know what its stating, it always has a description about it just incase you get stuck.

but it'll take some tinkering to get right,

I don't use a 'image tab' as it only works well if you search the whole internet, which is not what I do, but allow thumbnails of the webpage to be viewed for aspects like plugins etc, you can see which plugin you're after just incase it has the same name, which I like :)
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • December 23, 2014, 8:11 am
1) I meant how did you get the background onto your GCSE. Is there an option in Google Custom Search that I'm not aware of?
2) Is it under an Advanced tab? Do you have to tinker with the query parameters? I don't know what you're hinting at.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2014, 9:21 am
haha sorry i'll explain a bit more,


1. this is in the advance section also, you'll have to go to the layout section and mess with the different designs and stuff, its where you can fully customise it, you'll have to update the code each time for this one, but you can really get some good results, mines a work around from the 'overlay', you can also edit the coding yourself from an option, but the ones it offers are actually pretty good and you can get some good results for different aspects you're after.
Note: if you save in the advance, never save in basic, it'll overwrite the layout you've set to the basic one again (learnt the annoying way) so any furutre changes, just do in the advance section

2. and yes, all are under advance, you'll be able to add 'refinements' this tinkers your search engine to sections and from there you can link webpages to your refined groups, 


hope this helps :) if you get stuck just let me know, was cool to tinker around with this engine a lil.
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • December 23, 2014, 9:57 am
1) I still don't know how to customize the background. Give a path or something (like "Setup -> Basics" or something of the sort) 
2) I'm getting the tabs alright. But not the kinda the tabs I want (e.g. after tinkering with the Refinements, I got a "Videos" link under both the "Web" and "Image" search)

I'm getting sick of the whole "back and forth" deal, so can you PM me your Gmail and I can add you to my GCSE. It's called "Infinity Search" (https://www.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=007679064388539447972:g5o7uvoyivu). I'll add you as an Admin.

EDIT: My Gmail is [email protected]
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2014, 11:28 am
Haha i'm sorry i'm not making much sense, sure I'll have a look and send an email of it to the best of my description,


1. i'll PM you about this, just so i understand 100% and we're clear on the answer :)


2. and yes thats right, you then have to link to the tabs from the sites you've provided, I'll also PM you about this


do not worry too much, and hope i can help to the best of my knowledge
  • Pixel
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • December 23, 2014, 4:12 am
This is just a form to Google's search engine embedded on a web page, which isn't impressive at all.
If you want your own search engine, learn how to make a web crawler and use a MySQL database.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2014, 7:19 am
Heeeyyyy, 
good feedback I guess? lol

Know i wasn't trying to be all 'impressive' I know its google, and so does anyone else, its a custom search from the factors of google and is filtered out to suit Minecraft related topic etc, didn't say i created it from nothing etc, you can tell its google, 

and yeah, i could of spent time into making a MySQL search engine, but google has such a good database thats a bit easy to do, with some advance features, and seeing as i had a extra few days spare i thought i could create something fun,

This was just a lil something to create and get feedback from the community to see if people would use it, and i had a lil bit, then added a few more features to help the search engine move along nicely.


and for DNAHelix, I'm a guy :)
  • Pixel
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • December 23, 2014, 11:46 am
Honest/evaluated feedback is the most valuable you'll get, as opposed to "It's good", "Nice", a diamond, favoutie or a new subscriber.

Projects should be for learning and the best part for this would be making a multi-threaded web crawler that conserves as much data as possible, uses a very simplified (your own) PageRank alorighm and logs to MySQL.


For a plus side, I like the design very much. Good luck!
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 23, 2014, 12:18 pm
Hey PixelPony,


i'm not saying negative feedback is bad, I like it from a from a learning prospective, just you phrased it quite weirdly for me, like slightly offensive-ish, when  read it back anyway, might just be me though so no worries, 


like i said, wasn't trying to impress though, just had an extra few days and decided to make this, and yeah, i could make my own but i'd have to spend more time to learn how to do it fully which at the moment i don't have time for so thats why i used google, slightly cheating i know and it does have restrictions, but if you know how to code it/structure better etc, maybe in the future you can lend a helping hand :P


its cool you like the design though, i tried to keep it simple,

Also with the chrome app, i'm new to that stuff, any hints on it or anything you wanna lend a hand with, let me know :)
  • Pixel
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • December 24, 2014, 2:03 am
Okay.

Why do you need a Chrome app?
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 24, 2014, 4:42 am
just smething to work on for a bit of fun :)
  • Aequotis
  • Contest Judge
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Vampire
  • December 23, 2014, 5:41 am
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Jodran for president
  • Pixel
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • December 23, 2014, 11:43 am
amg le famis Adam :o
  • QuickWhitt7
  • Level 27
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • December 23, 2014, 4:15 am
Well, it's a start for him. I'm working on a Google Custom Search engine (called Infinity Search) as well (albeit it has over 4,000 sites indexed).
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 22, 2014, 7:55 am
so what do you guys think? and i wanna make this more known to the minecraft community, how would you go about advertising it a bit more?
  • amazoDog161
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 18, 2014, 4:02 am
This is really cool! I have a couple things(One note and a question :D) to note though:
-Try limiting the results so the have to contain the string "Minecraft".
-Can i make a Google Chrome plugin for it?
:D
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 18, 2014, 5:57 am
Hey, glad you like it!


- and it'll always have minecraft because thats the area its searching... but do you mean to filter sections? I have added tabs which helps a lot of the filtering, if this isn't what you mean can you explain further?


- and i guess you can but would like a donation link possibly or some reference to it and/or the site. if you PM me we can discuss more
  • Shynixn
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Programmer
  • December 16, 2014, 5:14 am
Does what it should. It uses google and filters all not minecraft related things.
Good solution for lazy searchers!

However i think this "project" belongs to the mod section.
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 16, 2014, 5:21 am
Hey man,

Thanks for the feedback, its not just for lazy searchers but also for specific Minecraft sites/websites etc that want to get notified more, they can be seen better, and it just gets rid of a lot of mess Google gives you, its not 100% perfect but helps a lot.

it probs does belong in the Mod section, But apon creating for the Mod page, it wouldn't complete because there was no mod attached, and so thinking on the Community side and it growing over tiome hopefully, it may be deemed a project,

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