Custom Google Search

Replace the default WordPress search engine using the power of Google with this super-simple plugin.

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Tired of the default WordPress search throwing out irrelevant results?

Look no further!

Now you can enhance your sites search results by leveraging the awesome of power of the world’s number one search engine, Google.


Simply activate this simple plugin and your search will be instantly transformed.

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  • Improve the WordPress built-in search functionality
  • Simple integration between Google Custom Search and WordPress
  • Use our custom styles to make your search look gorgeous
  • Set up your custom search to search just your own site, or as many sites as you want (great for Multisite!)
  • Built-in widget to add a search box to your sidebar
  • Choose whether to display your results on the search page, in a pop-up, or in your sidebar
  • Support provided by the awesome WPMU DEV support team

Plus all the support you expect from a WPMU DEV plugin.

As usual, we’re constantly refining this project and adding new features all the time.

So become a WPMU DEV member, check it out, and let us know what you’d like to see included in a future release of  Custom Google Search.


For help with installing plugins please refer to our Plugin installation guide.

Once installed login to your admin panel for WordPress or Multisite and activate the plugin:

  • On regular WordPress installs – visit Plugins and Activate the plugin.
  • For WordPress Multisite installs – Activate it blog-by-blog (say if you wanted to make it a Pro Sites plugin), or visit Network Admin > Plugins and Network Activate the plugin.

To Use:

1. Once activated you just go to Settings > Custom Google Search to configure.

2.  You should set “Embed Code/Search ID” – you can find it in your account of the  Custom Search on Google.

Note: You should be copying/pasting Google’s “Search engine unique ID” and NOT the “Custom Search Element V1 (or V2) code

3.  Also you can add the widget “Google Custom Search” to your site.

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