Custom Search Engine

We all are pretty much aware about Search boxes, but have you ever tried to set up a search box in your own website? This tutorial will simply teach you to make your site searchable using Google Custom Search Engine.

What is Google Custom Search?
Google custom Search Engine is a functionality that is provided by Google to display search results on your own website or blog. This tool is really helpful for your website’s users to find what they actually need on your site.  With a Google Custom Search Engine, you can specify the web pages that are to be displayed in search results, you can apply the same website design to your search results page and you can provide the best information based on your user’s request. Once you have created the Google Custom search, Google will provide the code for a search box that you can copy and paste into your website/blog. It will take only less than 15 minutes to add this feature on your website.

Getting Started

Step 1: Sign in to your Google account. If you don’t have an account in Google, you can create a new Gmail account.

Step 2: Go to Google Custom Search Home Page and Click on “Create a custom search engine” button.

Step 3: On the next page, enter the sites in Site to Search box that you want to include. You can add any sites, site URL, Individual sites, Entire domain, Parts of the site etc. After that you can choose a language. Then you should specify a name for your search engine. The name is only for your personal use. It is not visible to users. Now Click on Create button.

Step 4: The next page will show you three buttons- Get Code, Public URL and Control Panel.

Get Code button will provide you a piece of code that you have to copy paste on your website/blog wherever you want it to appear. Paste the code inside the <div> </div> element of your body section. If you are using the two column layout option,  then you have to place the code where you want to display the search box and  where you want to display the search results.

 

Public URL button will help you to view the Google Custom Search on the web.

 

Ok. Now see Google custom search engine is displayed on your site.

Finished!

 

Manage Control Panel
1. The Control Panel button is for modifying your search engine settings. Here you can select or change any options as per your needs. In the left side of the panel you can see Edit Search Engine. This option is divided into 5 other options – Set up, Look and Feel, Search Features, Statistics and Logs and Business.

2.  In Set up option, you can see five other tabs- Basics, Make money, Admin, Indexing and Advanced.

In Basics tab, you should provide basic details for your search engine. Here you can include sites in your search engine by clicking add button given under Sites to Search. If you want to add Individual URL, then click on add button and select an option.  Or if you want to add bulk URL’s, then click on add button and select Include sites in bulk option.

3. In Look and Feel option, you have four tabs – layout, themes, customize and thumbnails. Here you can set the layout, themes, customize the look and feel and enable/disable thumbnails of your search engine.

4.  In search features, you can create a promotion, can provide option for refining search results, can enable auto complete, can provide synonyms for user’s search queries and can enable or disable more advanced features.

5.  In statistics and logs, you can see three tabs such as Stats, Google Analytics and Audit Log. There you get the description and you will understand what actually they mean.

6. From Business option, you can select option whether you want to display ads on search results pages.

 

The purpose of this tutorial was to add a Google custom search engine to your website or blog in a quick and easy way. So this tutorial did not include any additional feature settings. You can always make changes in control panel to refine your settings.

 

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