WiscWeb sites have the ability to add Google Programmable Search Engine (formerly known as Google Custom Search) functions to their site to supplement the native WordPress search technology. This document will walk you through the process.
Google Programmable Search Engine allows you to provide your users with more robust search capabilities. The native WordPress search that comes standard with WiscWeb sites only searches for keywords in your pages and posts and can fail to find relevant results. Google's Programmable Search provides more accurate searches and includes additional content from uploaded files (like PDFs) and custom post types (like Fac/Staff content).
Here are a few examples of what you can do with this tool:
For a full list of Google Programmable Search Engine's abilities, please see the related Google documentation.
To create a Google Programmable Search account, follow the instructions in UW-Madison Google Workspace - Create an ad-free Programmable Search Engine
Note: The documentation linked above will also walk you through how to remove ads from your search account.