Google Custom Search Plugin

Google Custom Search plugin allows you to add a search box to your site for a custom search provided by Google and shown in your own blog. The advantage of using this plugin is that the search results will be provided by Google and their great search engine. The results are drawn from only the websites you specify when setting your search engine up at Google. You will also be able to earn money from the ads Google shows in the search results.

What you need to do:

  1. Create a custom search engine at Google, entering your blog in the list of sites to search.
  2. After doing that, you will be able to manage your engine.
  3. In the section "Next steps", click on "Change the Basics".
  4. There grab your "Search engine unique ID" and save it for later. See image below.
  5. You can also change the look and feel of your search box and search results, matching your blog's design by going to "Look and Feel"
  6. Active the plugin in your blog admin
  7. Go to Settings > Google Search
  8. Paste your engine id in the text input provided.


The engine ID is the last in the Basic Information section:


  1. Mark Aplet
    That's awesome Laura! It was pretty easy to set up. Just a Note: You may want to link to this page from your blog post. It took me 10 minutes to find this page again once I lost it the first time.
  2. Laura
    Yes, somehow, the post lost the link it was supposed to have at the end.
  3. jonese
    Does this work with 1.3.1? i tried to implement it after a 1.3.1 update and i can't get it too remember the google code...
  4. jonese
    ok i got it working. for some reason the code folder and associated code_<string>.txt file wasn't getting created.. manually created and viola it works
  5. Laura
    I'm glad you got it working. I'll check to see if there is anything wrong with the file saving just in case.
  6. Greg
    Haa anyone been able to style the search box to match their site?
  7. Mark Aplet
    @Greg You can style the search form any way you need too using CSS.
  8. Greg
    I only know how to use css on html forms. This Google Custom search is called via js like this:

    google.load('search', '1'); google.setOnLoadCallback(function(){ new'...

    How would a guy style something like that?
  9. Laura
    There is only a javascript file that gets included after the actual form. There is a <form> tag and inputs you can style. The javascript is not really needed for the form to work (although I don't know whether Google's terms force you to leave it there), so you can remove it and that would remove Google's branding. You can see in this same page that the form has been styled to match this site.
  10. Mark Aplet
    If you use firebug, and firefox, you can view the "rendered" html. This is different than the html you see when you do a view source. JS can of course effect the DOM after the page has loaded adding html that the browser understands and styles that you would not otherwise see.
  11. Greg
    Laura/Mark, I don't understand. I don't have any form tag in my code. I have this:

    <!-- Google Custom Search Element -->
    <div id="cse" style="width:100%;">Loading</div>
    <script src=""; type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">google.load('search', '1'); google.setOnLoadCallback(function(){ new'013959616596213686306:iusd9b2bolo').draw('cse'); }, true); </script>
  12. Mark Aplet
    Greg, I emailed you.

    Please take this to the forum where people can help you. This page is not read by many people.
  13. Pritesh
    I don't know why but it doesn't create IFrame for me. When I search for any tag it just give me blank

    Try to see problem. can you please let me know where I am doing wrong?

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