search box

  • Oliver



    Is it possible to customize the default search box by wordpress or Graphene and configure the search box to search my website and all similar websites I chose, to increase the relevant content searched. I am aware that Google custom search box has this option, but Google add commercials and links


    Syahir Hakim


    Nope. At least not without a lot of work. It’s worthwhile to understand how the search function works.

    To be able to search something on the internet, you’ll need to have a database that contains the contents to be searched from (call this a haystack). The default WordPress search function can only search content from your site because it only has access to your site’s database. It’s the same with Google search – it has a supermassive database that contains a supermassive haystack to be searched from.

    Theoretically, you can build a program that visits every page of the other sites you want to be searchable, and then gather all those information into a database to be searched from. Like I said, this will be a lot of work. It is effectively building your own search engine.

    So just use Google custom search. Commercials are not evil – many times they’re necessary to offset the costs of providing services for free.


    Kenneth John Odle


    If you participate in Google AdSense, you can actually make money from those search results. Not a lot, but every little bit helps.



    Thanks for your replies, I really appreciate it.

    Syahir Hakim, I’ve looked at the Google custom search box, and it has some options, like “Use your own search box”

    Is it possible to customize the Google custom search box instead, do you think?


    Syahir Hakim

    Is it possible to customize the Google custom search box instead, do you think?

    Not sure. Haven’t really looked into those.



    I have found out the following:

    It is possible to buy Google Site Search which is another edition of Google Custom Search to view the search results without advertising. But the site search cannot be used to search the entire Web.

    Thank you for taking your valuable time

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