Add a Search Box

If you have a large site, it is important to have a way for your visitors to search your site. Each of the DWT's already include the Google custom search box as part of the layout. Please note that this is sample search box and will search the Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web site. You will need to create your OWN Google custom Search box.

You will need to signup for a Google account BEFORE you can use Google Custom Search.

Adding the Google Search Box Code

The search box powered by Google provides a fast, customizable search solution for your website or blog. Visitors to your site can search the entire Web, just your site, or any sites that you choose.

  • From the Google Custom Search screen, click Create a Custom Search Engine.
  • Describe your search engine:
    1. Type a 'Name' for your search engine. View Screenshot
    2. Type a 'Description'
    3. Select a 'Language' from the dropdown
  • Define your search engine
    1. In the sites to search box, type the url's for the sites you want to search. You can choose to search only one site or more than one.
  • Select which edition of Google Search you wish to use:
    • Standard edition: Free, ads are required on results pages and is the default selection.
    • Site Search: Starts at $100 per year, no ads on results pages.
    • Agree to the Terms of Service
  • Click Next.
  • Choose or customize a style for your search box. There are currently six styles you can select from and you can see a preview of how each will display. You can also do a search to see how the search results will display. View Screenshot
  • Click Next
  • The next page allows you to copy and paste your Custom Search element code. To get code for other hosting options, adjust your settings on the Look and feel page.
  • You can customize the look and feel even more or extend the functionality of the Custom Search element by:

Validating the Search Box Code

The Google Custom Search code validates as generated if you are using a complete doctype statement

Other Search Engines

There are a number of other free search engines available. If you are using paid hosting, there may be one available through the host. The free ones I have used are listed below. Each is customizable to reflect the "look" of your site.

  • FreeFind Here you sign up to "Add a search engine to your site." You will need to enter your page URL and your e-mail address. Your password and setup instructions will be e-mailed to you. My Family Genealogy site uses FreeFind.
  • PicoSearch Here you sign up for your search engine. You will need to set up all the requested information. You'll then see the web page from which you manage and customize the Picosearch tool for your website. I have used this in the past.
  • Atomz Just fill in your email address and you will receive instructions via return email. The website for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harrisonburg Virginia uses Atomz as the search engine.
  • siteLevel is a hosted site search solution, which allows your site's visitors to search the contents of your site. You will need to enter your e-mail address and site url.DeWitt County GenWeb Project  is an example of a site using siteLevel search.
  • This site uses Zoom Search which is free for non-commercial sites of less than 50 pages. You can read more about Zoom Search and Expression Web.