What is the difference between Google Custom Search (GCS) and Google Site Search (GSS)?

Note:
Google Custom Search is available as a part of your Google at IU account.

At Indiana University, there are two Google-supplied search solutions, Google Custom Search (GCS) and Google Site Search (GSS). Either can be used to search one or a few sites and to display search results from those sites. Searches managed by IU are free of advertisements. Keep in mind the following differences between these services when deciding which to use:

GCS is a free service and is available to anyone with a free, non-university Google account. This is an ideal solution for most situations, where all that is needed is a search box, a page for search results, and the ability to search the sites that you want. With Google's tools, you can implement GCS on your website in a few minutes.

GSS is a paid solution and may take some more effort to implement. For most sites, Enterprise Web Tech Services recommends GCS, because it is free to use and easy to implement. To find out more about the differences contact searchiu@indiana.edu.

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