Custom Search Tool

Occasionally a client wishes to include a custom search tool on a webpage.  This custom search can be designed to look for words, phrases, topics, etc. and can even search within a pdf file.  It is often used on a Board Policy page.  This forum/help doc will describe the steps to add a Google Custom Search tool to your website.  You must have a Google account before you begin.

Go to Google Custom Search Engine and sign in.

Create a new search engine by clicking Add.

Enter the sites to search.  For example it would look like this:  http://www.yourdomain  

Once you've entered text into the Sites to Search box, additional information will appear.  See the next step.

Change the name if you want, to make it something descriptive.

Click the CREATE button.

Use the button to Get code.

Copy this code.

Within a Text/Graphic Editor on your website:

  1. Click Source in the top left corner of the toolbar at the top.  
  2. Paste the code using Paste as plain text.
  3. Click Source a second time.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click Add.  (This is not visible in the above screen shot.)

The custom search will appear as shown above.  Additional text can be added above the code within the Text/Graphic Editor if you wish.

After the Custom Search Engine has been created, it can be modified by signing in and using Edit search engine on the Google website


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