Support » Plugin: Google CSE » 100 courtesy searches per day

  • Resolved Nonstopdrivel


    According to the Google Custom Search API Terms of Service:

    Free quota

    Usage is free for all users, up to 100 queries per day.

    Paid Usage

    Any usage beyond the free usage quota will fail if you are not signed up for billing. Once you have enabled billing, you will continue to receive 100 free queries per day. However, you will be billed for all additional requests at the rate of $5 per 1000 queries, for up to 10,000 queries per day.

    So if I am reading this correctly, am I to understand that readers of my site can only search the site 100 times per day before I start getting charged for this service? If so, is there a way to construct this plugin without using the API? I ask because I know the Google Custom Search plugin only requires a Google Custom Search Engine. I just hate the way it looks, so I would rather use this plugin.

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  • Plugin Author ptz0n


    That’s correct. Google will only respond to 100 unique searches per day for free, if you don’t have an old AJAX-search API key (with no quota limit).

    The search will always work, but will fallback to WordPress or any other search plugin when ever Google is returning other than HTTP 200 (results). In your case when eventually hitting the quota limit (HTTP 401/403).

    You can and should use the free version (w. 100 searches per day) and see if thats enough for your site/network. You won’t get charged if you hit the limit if you only signed up for the free version.

    I like to point out that all search queries (resulting in a API call) will be cached for one hour in WordPress. Resulting in fewer API calls if your users are searching for the same terms.

    Plugin Author ptz0n


    Closing this one.

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