I'm designing a website that its starting page contains a header with a navigation menu/sections, featured content and the main feature is a search box, as this is the recommended way to start browsing the site (like Google or http://www.iconfinder.com/).
In addition the site contains many other pages that should also contain a search box. One of them is the search result page but others are just simple content pages or forms. The most intuitive place for it is the upper right corner, as part of the header.
The problem is that if I will add the search box to the header, the starting page will have the big search box in the middle of the screen and also on the upper right side and it doesn't make sense.
The solutions I can think of (and I don't like any of them)- 1. Google/icon finder solved this by displaying the search box on the inner pages next to the header (see here: http://www.iconfinder.com/search/?q=hello). However this doesn't make sense on form pages, profile page etc.. and is probably a good pattern for search engines but not for content websites.
Add the search box to the header in all pages but the starting page. This is very confusing I think.
Have a large search box on the upper part of the screen in all pages (like http://www.amazon.com/). The problem with this is that I believe users know amazon and go strait to the search box. However, with the site I'm currently working on this is not the case and if I will not emphasize the search box on the landing page, people will not use it....
Any other ideas or links to other sites that approach this issue?