WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Adding A Custom Google Search To Your Site

WordPress sites have the ability to add a custom search engine to their site. This document will walk you through the process of creating a Custom Google search engine and adding it to your site.

  1. Navigate to Google Custom Search

    Google Custom Search page

  2. Click the Sign in to Custom Search Engine button.
  3. If you have already created an account, enter that information and click Sign in. If you have not, click the Sign Up button in the upper right corner of the window.
    • Be sure to create an account that is relevant to your department, and not a personal account. The search engine information remains with this account.

  4. Once you have gone through your sign-up process and verified your account, you'll be directed to the starting steps for your Custom Google Search. Enter your site URL in the Sites to search field. Be sure to use an asterisk (*) at the end to encompass your entire site. The instructions on screen help you determine which parts of your site to search.

    Custom Google Search options

  5. Once you have set your options, click Create

  6. On the next page, you should get a confirmation screen that indicates that the custom search engine has been created, with several options for you to use the search engine.

    Custom Google Search usage options

  7. To add this Custom Google Search engine to your site, click on the Control Panel button.
  8. In the next screen, click on Search engine ID in the Details section.

    Search Engine ID Button

  9. The Search engine ID code will be displayed. Highlight this and copy it it to your clipboard (Control+C or Command+C)

    Search Engine ID

  10. Log into your WordPress site dashboard, and either click the Customize Your Site button or hover your mouse over the Appearance menu on the left and choose Customize.

    Customize Your Site button or Appearance Customize Menu

  11. In the left menu, click Search Options. In the next screen, click the check box for "Use search on this site." When you have that clicked, you can then enter your Search Engine ID value in the field, and click Save & Publish.

    Search Options Screen

  12. Lastly, follow the instructions at https://support.google.com/customsearch/answer/70354?hl=en to disable ads in your search results.

Keywords:search engine results find google wiscweb cms home page locate site   Doc ID:69294
Owner:Matthew G.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2016-12-08 15:32 CDTUpdated:2017-01-20 14:19 CDT
Sites:WiscWeb CMS
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