If you've been around for a while, you may have noticed that Wikia's search is... er... well, let's just say, it's ok — not great — but ok. But why would you use an ok search engine, when you could use a great one instead? And by that I mean Google. And if you also happen to be a Firefox user, the following will tell you how to search the wikiverse as quickly as humanly possible.
Here are a two examples from my own quick searches to whet your appetite:
wp wikia into the address bar and hitting return, takes me to
tube david holmes 69 police takes me to
This is how it works (in principle):
- You bookmark a URL that looks like this:
Note the magic string
%sin the URL? This part will be replaced before Firefox navigates to the page.
- Add a keyword for the bookmark. Unfortunately you cannot do that from the bookmark dialog. You'll have to do so from the bookmark sidebar — which is admittedly a bit cumbersome. Here I'll use
gas the keyword.
- Now when you click on the address bar (or hit Ctrl+L) and type
g firefox quick searches, the
%swill be expanded with whatever you type after the keyword — in this case
firefox quick searches— and you'll be taken to that page. In this case that's:
If that went to fast for you, here's a much more comprehensive and easy-to-follow tutorial that I found via the search above ;)
Wiki Quick Searches
Search your favourite wiki
Here we add
site:<wikiname>.wikia.com to the URL to tell Google only to search that particular wiki:
cc(for Community Central)
cc quick searches to find this blog! (as soon as Google has indexed it)
The same trick can be applied to search any particular wiki, of course.
Go to a specific page of your favourite wiki
Here we use Google's "I'm feeling lucky" feature. Instead of the search result page, you're immediately redirected to the first page on the result list. With wikis that works surprisingly often :)
gcc(for goto Community Central)
gcc quick searches to be taken directly to this blog!
Search any wiki
The first part of your input will now be split off and used as a wiki name. The last part will be used as the search term(s) again. So type
w borderlands sandhawk to search the Borderlands wiki for the Sandhawk!
Go to a specific page on any wiki
gw(for goto wiki)
gw borderlands sandhawk to be taken directly to the page about the Sandhawk!