Search engine giant Google is shuttering its enterprise product, Google Site Search, discontinuing sales in April, with final availability ending next year…
Google plans to end its digital product, Google Site Search, in the spring of next year. “On April 1, 2017, Google will discontinue sales of the Google Site Search. All new purchases and renewals must take place before this date. The product will be completely shut down by April 1, 2018,” a message on the tool interface states.
Google Site Search Sunsetting in April 2018
The Google Site Search is a tool which allows websites to power internal search engines’ with Google’s proprietary technology. For this, businesses pay a fee based on monthly query volume. The search engine is now directing businesses to use its ad-powered, free custom search engine. An alternative is to use the new G Suite cloud search tool.
“We are winding down the Google Site Search product over the next year, but will provide customer and technical support through the duration of license agreements. For GSS users whose contract expires between April 1st and June 30th, 2017, we are providing a free 3-month extension with additional query volume to allow more time for them to implement the necessary changes to their site. GSS customers may also take advantage of our Custom Search Engine solution, an ads-supported model that offers similar functionality. We continue to build out new functionality and invest in new technology that make enterprise search a great experience for our customers. Just recently, we introduced the general availability of Google Cloud Search for G Suite customers,” the company explained in a statement to Search Engine Journal.
In November of last year, the Google search console infrastructure began receiving updates.
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