Adding a search function to Squarespace can improve the user experience on your website. Studies have shown that users prefer search over navigation and therefore having an ineffective search can be detrimental to content discovery and conversions. This article deals with how you can add a Squarespace search engine quickly without any coding.
One way of adding a Squarespace search bar is by using the default provided. This method is not recommended as the default search is slow. This method uses ExpertRec custom search engine which can be used to be highly personalized search experiences without any coding.
Custom search bar Squarespace
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.