Google Site Search (GSS), was shut down by April 1, 2018, and all GSS have been automatically converted to Custom Search Engine (CSE). Custom Search Engine is an ad-supported product that provides similar capabilities to GSS, including the ability to build custom search engines for sites or pages, an image search for your website, and customize the look and feel of search results.
Autocompletion shows users useful queries while they are typing. For example, with auto-completion enabled, when someone starts typing “ta” into your search engine, they might see autocompletion like “tavern” or “tapestry.” Google generates this autocompletion by analyzing several characteristics of your search engine, including the content of the pages it includes.
Adding a google site search autocomplete to your website is easy. You will need to add a custom search engine to your website first.
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.