13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 1 – The Search Bar

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13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

The other day, I was writing a new blog post and wanted to include some links to some blog posts I had read on other blogs. However, try as I might, I wasn’t able to find one of the posts I wanted to link to and there was no search bar on the blog concerned. It wasn’t long before I gave up looking for the blog post.

Something most bloggers crave is that their blog posts are shared. You can make it very easy for readers to find what they may be looking for on your blog by including a search bar. WordPress have a ‘search’ widget, and here’s where to find it and how to install it on your WordPress blog.

Click on My Sites (located in the top left hand corner of your blog).

Click on WP Admin in the left hand menu. You’ll now be taken to your blog’s dashboard.

In the left hand menu, hover your mouse over Appearance. A new mini-menu will open.

Appearances bar in WordPress dashboard

In the new mini-menu, click on Widgets and you’ll be taken to the widgets page.

Look for the Search widget and click on it. Depending on your WordPress theme, you’ll be offered a choice as to where to place the search widget on your blog.

Search bar widget

Once you decide where to place your search bar, click on Add Widget.

Open up one of your blog posts and check you are happy where you have placed the search bar. Make sure it’s visible and/or easy to find.

If you have any questions regarding adding a search bar to your WordPress blog, please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

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  1. Great, thanks Hugh, I managed to add the search button and a few others as well. Have you by any chance written a post on how to publish a finished post for a specific date and time? I just can’t work out how to do this.

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  2. Thanks for the great tip Hugh. I need to look at my blog set up and drag it into the 20th Century!!! Damnit! I mean the 21st Century! (Aalthough the 19th century would be a start!) Favouritiesd this so I can work through it later.

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  3. I started out with a search bar on my blog, but after some serious thought I took it out. I was really trying to keep the widgets in my sidebar to a minimum, and given I don’t tend to blog on particular topics I didn’t think anyone would have a use for a search bar.

    Having read your post, now I’m thinking about putting it back in. You’re right, what if someone does remember reading a post and wants to find it again? I certainly wouldn’t want to make it hard for them.

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    1. Well, that was the one reason why I recommended bloggers add it to their blog. The blogger who did not have it missed out on me sharing their post. I agree that too many widgets can make a blog look messy, but The Search Bar, as many have said, should come as standard on all blog themes. Good to hear you’re adding it back in.

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  4. Perfect! I was wondering where mine went…Now the next issue. My SOCIAL tabs are broken! All except Twitter. That’s so weird. What can’t be reached? Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin…Can’t wait for you to address those issues! Thanks for all the help!

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    1. It sounds as if you need to reenter all the links for your social media platforms to the social media widget on your blog, Angie. Go to the widgets page on the dashboard of your blog and reenter them on that particular widget. I often find links stop working for no reason. I check the links on my page at least once every three months. However, when I last changed my WordPress theme some of the social media icons were not displaying probably. That was a job for WordPress. Once I reported the problem to them they were quite fast in resolving it for me. The only social media link I was never able to fix myself was for Google Plus. However, the happiness engineers at WordPress helped me out with that as well.

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  5. Excellent suggestion, Hugh! I know I even use the search bar on my own blog when trying to suss out something I’ve written about. Great job with the instructions as well – very clear and easy to follow.

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