Search is easily the most overlooked part of a CMS. Most CMSs including Joomla provide an unsatisfactory search experience. Statistics show that search is the preferred method of content discovery and therefore having a good search experience can greatly influence the UX and conversions. Adding a Joomla search module is the easiest way to replace the default search and this post will discuss how to do that.
How to Add Search to Joomla
Here we will visit the steps required to add the ExpertRec Joomla search module 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.
Once you have ExpertRec’s Joomla search module active on your website, you will have a search bar with features like voice search, auto-complete, fast suggestions and more. On top of that, the search UI and search ranking can be controlled using ExpertRec’s control panel without any coding. Please note that this is a paid service at $9 per month.