WEBFI-WordPress-How to Add Google Search in a WordPress Site

WordPress does come with a built in search engine for your site but it is not exactly optimized. Many site owners work around this by adding Google site search to their WordPress site. In this video, we will show you how to add Google search on your WordPress site.

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Summary of this tutorial:

The default WordPress search is not always useful, it usually fails to find the relevant results. While there are many search plugins for WordPress they will need to be managed and they will impact your server resources.

You can use a plugin to connect the search on to your site. Start by installing and activating the WP Google Search plugin.

Once activated you would visit the Settings, WP Google Search area to configure your search settings. It will ask you to provide a Google Search Engine id which means you will need to go to the Google Custom Search site.

Log in and click on the New Search Engine link. Provide your site’s URL in the Sites to Search field, choose the language of your site, and and click on the create button to continue.

Google will now create your site’s search engine and will show you a success message. Go to the Control panel and grab your Search Engine ID to add it to your site.

Once you add your Google Search Engine id into the field and save changes you will have a custom Google Search for your site. Just add the WP Google Search widget so your users will be able to use the search.

Should your Google Search not appear how you like, in your control panel you will be able to edit the look of the results page.



  • Xyz 789 on May 16, 2016

    Is this plugin like the one they use in tumblr where you can search for hash tags only?

  • Can you please make a video on how to upgrade from bluehost shared hosting to bluehost optimized wordpress hosting.

  • Brahim Aymen on May 20, 2016

    i would now if you original website made in WordPress ? because your website like profesionel website so i would if i can make website like it with word press please tell me

  • jelle on November 14, 2016

    i only get the ads and no results it seems like that happened to yours to. is this a common problem and can you help me with this?

  • Sanjog Silwal on January 23, 2017

    Hey how to make wordpress website make available on google search engine. Can give me some ideas?

  • Chris Alister on August 2, 2017


  • Paayi Inc on January 11, 2018

    have u seen the search button? its ugly how can you solve this issue

  • Viajeros Vagabundos on January 16, 2020

    thank you very much!

  • hicham tachourit on June 15, 2020

    thanks bro

  • Pulkitsoft on June 26, 2020

    How to replace WordPress theme Search with Google Custom Search instead of adding a widget?

  • Henry Morris on October 17, 2020

    Thanks! Clear and simple

  • Bharpet Comedy on April 26, 2021

    Fantastically Fantastic Video.

  • Omar Abrahim on May 26, 2021

    This would only work on a live production site, correct? As opposed to a behind the firewall dev site environment?

  • Tubebular . com on June 27, 2021

    It turned my website into a search engine. No google results just my own content.

  • Gian Rufin on July 27, 2021

    Is there a way to hide the "ad" search results from the results page?

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