When your WordPress search widget is not working, you can follow the below steps to fix this issue.Since the default WordPress search is vulnerable to new plugin additions or any changes that you make to your search theme, it is recommended to use the universal WP fastest site search plugin for your site search needs.

WP Fastest Site Search

Wordpress search widget not working

Fix your wordpress search widget

Step 1- Take a backup

When you make changes to your WordPress site, there is a slight probability that you can break your site. It is recommended to take backup using Backup guard before you begin making changes.

WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin – Backup Guard

Step 2- Check your site health

In your WordPress admin panel, go to tools-> site health and check the status of your site health. Make sure that you perform the recommendations provided by the default WordPress site health tool.

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Step 3- Check for plugin incompatibilities

You can uninstall plugins one by one and check if the search issue goes off. This could be the solution for 50% of all WordPress search widget not working issue. You can use the plugin detective wordpress plugin to do this as well.

Plugin Detective – Troubleshooting

Step 4- Check for cache issue

If you are using any caching plugin for improving WordPress speed, make sure you clear the site cache. If you are not sure to do this, you can use “clear cache for me” WordPress plugin that works with most of the well known WordPress speed plugins mentioned below.

Clear Cache for Me

  • Autoptimize
  • Breeze Cache
  • Cache Enabler
  • GoDaddy Cache
  • Kinsta Cache
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • SiteGround SuperCacher
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP Optimize Cache
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WPEngine Cache


Step 5- Replace your WordPress search widget

If all the other methods didn’t work, you can replace your search widget with the WP fastest site search plugin that replaces your WordPress search widget with a brand new search widget that looks similar to the image below.

wordpress search widget not working


Steps to install replace your WordPress search widget 

  1. Install WP fastest site search plugin from WordPress plugin store.
  2. Go to https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=wordpress.
  3. Enter your WordPress website URL and click on next->
  4. The crawl will start in the background.Wordpress search widget not working
  5. Login to your WordPress admin panel.
  6. In your left panel you must be able to see expertrec’s WordPress plugin, click on that. 
  7. Get your site ID (or) API key from your expertrec control panel ( here ).Wordpress search widget not working
  8. Copy paste your site id in your WordPress control panel and click on save changes.
  9. Make sure you have upgraded to a paid plan before 15 days of free trial. (Price begins at 9 USD per month)
  10. That’s it! Your brand new WordPress search is up and running! Here are snapshots of the search form and the search results pages.
  11. If the plugin method didn’t work, you can add the code from https://cse.expertrec.com/csedashboard/home/code and add it to your WordPress PHP code. Please note that you have to add separately the code <ci-search></ci-search> to a place where you want the search box to appear ( Tip!- Contact our support team to get this done). There might be a one-time fee for integration.

Add great search to your wordpress site at 9 USD per month

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