Using Appalachian's web search appliance, you can quickly find the information you're looking for on our websites.

Search box

To add a search box to a website, use the code provided for the chosen version below. All search results will have the default appearance of Search.

Basic search

A basic web search box searches all websites. Get the code (TXT).

   More Options | Search Tips

Site search

A site search box searches only one domain (i.e. Get the code (TXT).

It is not currently possible for a search box to search multiple specified domains.


Combo search

A combo search box searches either one domain (i.e. or all websites. Get the code (TXT).


Excluded pages

Pages not included in Appalachian's web search:

  • Calendars
  • Forums and discussion boards
  • Blogs
  • Development servers
  • Password-protected sites
  • Pages blocked by robots.txt or meta tags
  • Pages removed at the request of their owners

Additionally, there may be pages or content excluded that are not listed above.

Exclude individual pages

Include the following meta tags in your code

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

between the <head> and </head> tags.

This will prevent crawlers (robots) from indexing the page, and from following any links from the page. If the page has already been indexed, it will be removed from the index the next time the search engine crawls the page.

Exclude entire website

If you maintain your own web server, you can remove your entire site from the index by including a robots.txt file at the root of your server. This file can be configured to remove you from the Appalachian search engine only, or from all search engines on the internet.

This is the standard method for excluding a web server or directory from an index. Learn more about using a robots.txt file.

To remove your site from search engines and prevent all robots from crawling it in the future, place the following robots.txt file in your server root:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /


If your website is not found on the index, be sure your site is not blocking the search appliance through the use of meta tags, robots.txt or other means. In addition, see above for content that is not indexed by the search appliance - the site may meet that criteria. Check to see if you can find your site in other search engines. Finally, there may be no incoming links for the search appliance to use to find your site.