One of the biggest complaints we've received over the years is searching on BA, which can be cumbersome and unforgiving. Our homegrown search is basically dated; multiple searches/results, no spelling/auto-correction, troubles with short words, numbers, special/foreign characters, hard to find other members, etc. It doesn't help anyone if our users can't easily find what they're looking for. So to make things easy, we're now using Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) for the site's main search tool. This allows us to: Provide a consistent search experience across the site. Utilize Google's spell checker, word suggestions and auto-correction. Show all matches for the entire site on a single results page. Filter results: All, Forum, Beer, Place, Event, Member. Save tens of millions of database queries per year; we're not hurting resource-wise, but this is an added bonus. http://beeradvocate.com/search Why Google? Previously, if a search failed it would try finding the query using a custom Google search. In the past year there's been at least 500,000 failed searches. A huge percentage of our site traffic is a result of people finding our content via Google; and the failed searches mentioned above. As a result, we can assume that many, if not most, of our users are comfortable using Google search. Google indexes our site all day long and new entries very quickly. Why not offer the old main search too? See all of the above. Google CSE Notes: Autocomplete currently only works on the main search results page and is prefix based. Paginated pages, and other views, are not included in results for Beers and Places to reduce clutter. Displaying thumbnail images in results is currently enabled. Advanced Places searching remains intact. Advanced Community/Forum searching remains intact. We're currently using the free version, so Google ads will appear in the results. While using Google CSE might not be the most ideal solution, it's certainly a solid one until it's addressed during the site redesign. We'll also be monitoring Google CSE usage and making adjustments as needed. In the meantime, check it out and feel free to drop us your constructive feedback. Cheers!