Building a Search Engine in PHP & MySQL

Learn how to create a dynamic multi-part data driven search engine in PHP from absolutely scratch for your website.
  • Lectures 12
  • Video 3 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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Course Description

Building a custom search engine is very necessary for any website existing on the World Wide Web, because a website without Search Engine is like a ROOM without DOOR. And it's very easy to create in PHP & MySQL from scratch. You are going to learn creating a search engine from scratch within next 2 hours if you join this course.


The Content & Structure of the Course

This course contains 3 sections with 12 videos and 2+ hours of video content. and will also include the source files & presentation for your personal use. The course will be updated time by time with new content and new quizzes.

Why take this course?

You should take this course because it will help you creating a search engine in PHP for your own website, your client's website or simply you want to enhance your PHP & MySQL skills and take them to the next level.

What are the requirements?

  • A web browser (Chrome or Firefox)
  • A text editor (Notepad++ or Dreamweaver)
  • A web server or local server (XAMPP or Wamp)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 12 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
  • You'll be able to create a custom search engine
  • You'll learn creating a search engine in PHP
  • You'll become a better PHP Developer

What is the target audience?

  • No Extra knowledge is required
  • Basic HTML is an advantage for students

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee

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Lifetime access

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android

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Certificate of completion


Section 1: Introduction - and creating necessary folders & display Page

In this first video of first section, we'll know about the content of the course.


In the second video of first section we'll create the necessary folders & the display page called "search.html" for the project, so after that we can go ahead to start the actual PHP work for this project.


In this third video of first section, we'll learn how to create the MySQL database and the table for this project.


In the fourth video of this section, we'll learn how to create the insert_site.php page for this project, by which we can insert the site details into the table inside a MySQL database called "sites".


In this fifth & last video this section, we'll learn how to insert the data into the table inside MySQL database, we'll be inserting website details i.e keywords, title, link, image and description, which we can later on display on the result page.

Questions for Section one
3 questions
Section 2: Displaying the results to the users in the browser

In first video of section two, we'll create the the result page which will be displaying the relevant results from the MySQL database upon the user query.


In this second video of 2nd section, we'll create the PHP script for displaying the results upon the user query, we'll retrieve the data from the MySQL database inside the sites table.


in 3rd video of 2nd section, we'll be able to display the results to the users when they search any keyword using our search box. And this is done by a PHP script, the data is coming from the Table "Sites" inside "Search" database.


In the 4th video of section 2, we'll be validating the search engine script using PHP, because we don't want to run extra executions PHP scripts.


In this last video of section two, we'll try to understand that how search engines in PHP work? and how they perform the task upon the given query by the users.

Questions for section two!
5 questions
Section 3: The Summary & Important Notes

In this video, we'll learn how to can we use this search engine for a website, this is the second last video of the course and is included in the 3rd section of this course. Kindly find the full source code in the last video of this course.


This is the final summary of this course and also some important notes, you can also download the entire source code and folders which were used in this project. And your questions are welcomed. Thanks for taking this course.

Instructor Biography

Abdul Wali , PHP Web Developer, SEO Marketer & Top Udemy Instructor

Abdul Wali is a Pro-Blogger, Web Developer & SEO Marketer.

He's deeply involved in Web Development and Internet Marketing, He loves to code in PHP, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ajax and some other tools. He is a passionate web developer who creates web applications and websites from absolutely scratch. He also Make Money Online since 2009, and managing several websites from his living room, He is an experienced marketer who deeply knows SEO, SEM, SMM, PPC and Google Adsense.

The reason He's here on Udemy is to provide high quality courses which can be useful and practical for students, He's been creating courses which have turned students into web developers and newbies into entrepreneurs. He tries to create courses for students which can change their life.

He has thousands of daily visitors on his websites, thousands of subscribers on YouTube and millions of students around the world, you can visit his websites to check his online reputation.

Do join his courses on Udemy, He'll always be around you for help and support because He knows the reason you want to join a course. He interacts with students in a real time world.

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    For beginners like myself I find this tutorial excellent and still will rate it high when I advance. Thanks Abdul Wali. I love to see u do a full Voting System and online examination and chat system.


    The course was excellent!, instructor was very clear and precise. And he shouldn't apologise for his english at all, it is not weak! expecting to see more courses from him. Thanks alot Abdul!

    • meddy Matthew Eddy

    Good course

    Real easy to follow

    • Heartsmagic

    Not exactly described in its title but it's OK.

    I gave 3 stars for this course, let me explain it. First of all this is a very good course for starters. Believe me, if you don't know any php and how to connect it with mysql, this is a good and basic course for you. Good explanations, good simple examples. But, this course is not exactly about writing a search engine imho :) It is about inserting some data to databese and search it again in this database. So, search engine must be a bit more complicated I think. This is why i throw away firts star. In addition to that, I hope to see some more CSS within HTML. If there is some more, this course is a 4 star. This is why i gave it 3. Again, this is a good starting point for first commers. I glad I paid for this course. Thanks.

    • Peter Napoli

    Best online programming course I've ever taken PERIOD

    I was skeptical at first, I've taken over a dozen online programming courses and always ran into problems with poor explanations, version mismatch with software... Abdul's course on creating a search engine from scratch exceeded my expectations in every way, from step by step instructions from setting up xamp on your system, to the placement of files in the htdocs folder (important stuff that many other tutorials fail to talk about), and a perfect pace for the level of the material that is never too fast, but not too slow where you could get bored. I learned so much from this course I can honestly say I could recreate this search engine project with little or no reference. I didn't memorize syntax, Abdul walks you through the logic so by the end of the code you get that great feeling like "Ohh, that's what that is". Abdul is also very responsive if you have issues and genuinely wants you to learn the material. My only regret is I can't give him 6 stars because this course absolutely warrants it (money and time well spent). Thanks again Abdul - I'll be looking out for any new courses you put up!

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