Read this blog on how to create custom search form in Drupal 7 for more information.

Search API can be tough to setup especially for new users to Drupal. For example, you need to understand the difference between a Search API Server and Index, and then you need to spend time configuring everything
how to create custom search form in drupal 7

Drupal’s search module contains a powerful indexer which makes keyword searching efficient and accurate. On its own, the search module provides either a plain vanilla search field, or the advanced search form, but doesn’t provide a mechanism for customizing the offerings. It is an either/or proposition. The views module is well-loved for its ability to let you define a custom set of content on your site, and through the use of exposed filters, allow the site visitor to narrow the selection even further. These two modules can be glued together and made to cooperate using the views fastsearch module. In this article, I show how to build a search form that has filters for taxonomy terms and content types.

How to Create Custom Search Form in Drupal 7 Using ExpertRec

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.

  1. Navigate to and signup with your Google ID.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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