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Google Custom Search Plugin


The default search engine that ships with WordPress is not the best search engine and bloggers every where should make the switch to WordPress Google Custom Search plugin. This plugin is a drop in replacement and works with minimum hassle. See a working Demo.


  • Replaces all default WordPress search forms to point to Google Custom Search (thanks to a new hook in WordPress 2.7)
  • Adds a new search page on your blog at /search/
  • Converts the default /?s= URL to a search engine friendly /search/ URL
  • Allows you to make money off clickthroughs on Google ads in the search results


  • A sample results page powered by Google Custom Search plugin
  • Google Custom search configuration screen
  • Google custom search signup page


  1. Download the Google Custom Search WordPress plugin
  2. Unzip the file to your wp-content/plugins folder
  3. If you do not have a Google Custom Search account, take 2 minutes to sign up for Google Custom Search and under select the option iframe, hosted option
  4. Enable the plugin and configure it under Settings -> Google Search. Paste the code you got in step 3.


How do I customize the look and feel

The search form uses the id #searchform. The results are wrapped in a div id #cse-search-results. To customize the results iframe width use the CSS selector: #cse-search-results iframe { }

Contributors & Developers

“Google Custom Search Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.