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Widgets »Search Widget

Use the Search widget to add a search box to your website, allowing readers to easily search your site for posts and pages you’ve written in the past. 

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Note: Some themes have a search bar built into the header. In this case, if there is no option to remove it in My Site → Appearance → Customize, then it is not removable. If you have the Premium, Business, or eCommerce plan, you can hide it using CSS.

To add a search widget to the sidebar or footer of your website, go to My Site Appearance Customize → Widgets. Choose the widget area, select Add Widget, and look for the Search widget in the list. Here’s more information on adding widgets.

Once you add the widget, you’ll see that you can type a title. You could write “Search” here or something more specific like “Can’t Find What You’re Looking For?”


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Add a Search Block to a Page or Post

To add a search function directly onto any page or post, you can use the Search block.

Add a Search block by clicking on the + Add Block button. The block can be found in the Widgets section. Alternatively, you can type /search as a quick method.

Adding a Search block
Adding a Search block

For more, visit our detailed instructions on adding blocks.

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What It Searches

The Search widget/ block will return results from the titles and the bodies of your posts and pages, and from media titles, alt text, file names, and single image captions. It will not return results from widgets, comments, categories, gallery captions or other text, or tags.

Also, note that the search results will display posts with the matching term in the post title in reverse-chronological order. Then, it will display posts with the matching term in the post body in reverse-chronological order. So for example, if you have just published a post about Michigan titled “This Weekend,” and you also have an older post titled “Michigan,” searching for ‘Michigan’ will display that older post, with Michigan in the title, at the top of the list.

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