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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