Add A Search Box to Your Website

December 2nd, 2015 Kimberly Blogger Tips and Tricks 37 Comments

2nd Dec

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Have you ever visited a website without a search box and you needed to find an article or post. Ashley @ Nose Graze shares how to do search a blog without one. However, I recommend that if you own a blog or website you add a search box. Believe it or not it ranks in the top ten percent of pet peeves for visitors. I recently hosted an event and used search buttons to find folks start up posts. On some blogs I was forced to click older posts over and over, refresh after refresh..eek gads! This is a simple fix..so add a search box to your website today!

If you sitting there thinking, but Kimberly I never bother with search buttons. This is where you need to look at your blog/website not as yourself  but as a visitor.  Ask yourself what things can I add to make my blog more functional for those visiting.

How to Add A Search Box

Blogger

  • Go to Dashboard
  • Go to Sidebar
  • Select Add A Gadget
  • Click Search Box
  • Save

You can also add an Archive under Gadgets called Blog Archive. It shows month and lists posts in a dropdown.

WordPress.com

  • Go to Appearance
  • Go to Widgets
  • Add Search This Blog

It is customizable, and if you have upgraded you can change appearance with CSS styling.

WordPress.Org

  • Go to Appearance
  • Go to Widgets
  • Add Search This Blog

You can use CSS styling to customize if desired.

Other optional Plugins:

Do You Have A Search Box on Your Blog?

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37 Responses to “Add A Search Box to Your Website”

  1. Christy LoveOfBooks

    It sucks when I’m looking for certain posts on a blog and they don’t have a search option. It actually happens more often than one might think. I don’t have much patience with stuff like this, so I’ll just move on if it takes too long.

    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
  2. Lola

    A search bar is such an important function to have on your blog in my opinion. I’ve visited a few blogs without them and always had trouble finding what I was looking for until I read Nosegraze her post. I sometimes my search on my own blog, when I am looking for a specific post, searching is the fastest way to find a post sometimes. But I agree it’s even mroe important for visitors. Great post Kimba!

    btw when I am on your blog I sometimes see a progress bar pop up on the bottom of the screen for second and then disapear again. It’s like the bar that’s normally on the right side of the screen, but then at the bottom and it’s only there for a second and then disapeares. And when I move around your blog and such it keeps popping up. Just thought I would let you know

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Thanks for posting about this…I don’t often use the search box, but I know that it’s a good feature to have, so I do have it on my sites.

    I also like finding a way to follow a blog, and sometimes those widgets are missing, too.

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  4. Tracy Terry

    With blogger. I had a Search Button automatically added on my Tool Bar at the top of my blog but people seem to miss it as it isn’t very obvious so I decided to add one onto my side- bar which though more obvious is less than useless. One word spelt incorrectly, a capital letter missed and you get a message saying the post was not found. I wouldn’t mind so much if alternatives were suggested but they aren’t.

    Anyway, rant over. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m just wondering if any of the other plug-ins are perhaps compatible with Blogger.

    Tracy Terry recently posted: CATHARSIS.
  5. Candace

    It really is a simple thing and SO necessary. As a tour organizer I use them daily on people’s blogs to try to find something. I can sometimes search and search for something (without the search bar) and not find it, I email them and they tell me it’s been up since whenever. Well, I scrolled through pages and pages and never found it. A search bar is IMPORTANT! So glad you did this post. 🙂

  6. Heidi

    I can’t imagine not having a search box. I use it on my blog all the time when I am looking for a particular post I wrote to reference. Another thing that is so helpful that a lot of bloggers don’ thave is an index of books they reviewed. Thanks for helping peeps out with this post.

  7. Grace MyBookSnack

    Oh, I totally agree that a search box is needed. Also, use a search box widget that is functional. I was on another blog that used the Blogger search box, and it never worked. I don’t know if it was ever fixed, but I found that frustrating. When I started my own blog, I made sure my search box worked well. Great post, Kim! 🙂

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