Google Search Transition Starts Dec. 3

December 3, 2018

On Wednesday, November 28, the Drupal Support Team migrated new search modules to the non-production Drupal Enterprise environments (including both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8). These modules support the transition from the Google Search Appliance (GSA) to the Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE).

Between now and Wednesday, December 12, search and site administrators should review the information below and be prepared to take action based on the type of site they manage.

What does this mean for my site?

Depending on the setup of your site, there are different levels of action needed to ensure the search on your site continues to function properly.

Learn which actions you should take based on type of site, and when.

Important Dates

  • December 3: Drupal Enterprise site owners should begin to reconfigure and test their search in the Drupal non-production environments.
  • December 12: Drupal 7 and 8 UMN search modules are migrated to production environments and GCSE production cutover for all University Drupal websites, including Drupal site owners should push any custom code or module changes to the Drupal production environment. Web search traffic to the GSA will be automatically redirected to the GCSE.
  • December 31: GSA is permanently decommissioned. Any necessary changes must be completed by this date.

See the full timeline for University search changes.

Search transition resources

Want to check out an example of the new search? Two sites demonstrate how the new search looks and behaves:

If you have any questions, please contact Please share this information with those in your units that may be impacted by this change.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important upgrade.