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

Welcome to another new feature for 2017 here on Hugh’s Views And News.

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.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


© 2017 Copyright-All rights reserved-hughsviewsandnews.com.

Fancy a chance at winning a £100 Amazon Gift Card? Click here for full details.

Hugh's Views And News Glimpses competition

And why not enter this year’s Bloggers Bash Competition by clicking here.


  1. 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.

    1. I do exactly the same thing, Traci. It’s helped me a great deal over the years I’ve been blogging.
      Thanks so much for your comment. Glad this post helped. I’ve lots more posts like this one and some new ones coming up.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.