On-site search is a crucial feature on a website. When your visitors are on your website, no matter how they arrived, they might want to explore more. Of course, a popular posts widget on the sidebar or related posts listed under every blog post will help them read more content and stay on your site for a long time. But what if they are looking for something really specific on your website?
Scrolling through blog pages to see if such a topic has been covered on this blog is a tedious task, obviously. In particular, if you are on websites that have LOADS of content, doing something like that is impossible. In order to make it easy for your visitors you will have to give them the option to do a search without leaving your website – and the search results should return results from your website, not from the web
You need not have any coding knowledge to follow the steps below. This method works with all major CMSes such as WordPress, Ghost, Drupal, Joomla, etc.
Create an Alternative Google Search Widget for Website
Here we will visit the steps required to add the ExpertRec Custom search engine to your website. This is one of the easiest setup processes of all the available options out there and is highly recommended.
- Navigate to https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=cse and signup with your Google ID.
- Enter your website’s URL when prompted. You can select a server location near you and add the URL of your sitemap if you wish to. These will be auto-detected otherwise.
- You can play around with the settings and customize the UI as the crawl runs. Once it is complete, you can check out a fully functional demo before taking the search to your website.
- You can take the search to your website with little to no effort. All you need to do is to paste the code snippet available on the dashboard on your website.
ExpertRec comes with more customization options that you can explore. You can read this article to find a more detailed guide on the installation and configuration.