WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Adding a Google Custom Search Engine to Your Site
WiscWeb sites have the ability to add Google Custom Search Engine functions to their site to supplement the native WordPress search technology. This document will walk you through the process of creating a Custom Google Search Engine account and adding it to your site.
In this document:
- Removing ads from your site
Google Custom Search Engine allows you to provide your users with more robust search capabilities. The native WordPress search that comes standard with WiscWeb sites only really searches for keywords in your pages and posts and sometimes fails at finding the relevant results. The Google Custom Search provides more accurate searches and includes content from things like PDFs and custom post types (like Fac/Staff content).
Here are a few examples of what you can do with this tool:
- Customize the appearance of your search results
- Can be connected to your Google Analytics account so that the two tools are sharing data on user behaviors
- Add autocomplete to your search box
- Categorize your search results
Please note that support of this tool is limited within the Google and WiscWeb teams at DoIT.
For a full list of Google Custom Search Engine's abilities, please see the related Google documentation.
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- Log into your WordPress site dashboard, hover your mouse over the Appearance menu on the left and choose Customize.
- In the left menu, select Search Options.
- In the next screen, check the box for "Use search on this site."
- Once you have that selected, you can then enter your Search Engine ID value in the field, and click Save & Publish