Search Essentials

Search Essentials provides a simple and effective solution for any site needing search functionality.

Search Essentials was built from the ground up as a standalone site search. That means there is no third party subscription or separate monthly fee. As a part of our Essentials series of widgets, Search Essentials is easy to set up, and provides a key functionality that's at home in beginner websites and advanced builds alike.

  • Widget Compatibility: Highly Compatible (No known issues when combining with other MuseThemes widgets)
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • Supported Devices: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Release Log

  • 1.0: Initial Release

Video Playist


Search Input Widget

IMPORTANT: For Search Essentials to work properly, the Search Input widget must be placed on the master page, or on the same page as the Search Results widget. Common placement would be on the master page near the site navigation. Ensure that the master page containing the Search Input widget is applied to the search results page.

  • Drag the widget from the library and drop into your project in Design mode.
  • You can readjust the size of the widget. Use the Resize dropdown to set the widget to resize how you like.
  • The widget preview represents how your search field will look. Feel free to apply fonts, fill, stroke, etc directly to the widget from Muse Design mode.
  • Open the widget option panel. The Search Input Text field determines the text that is shown in the search field.
  • The search results will display on a separate page in your website. Create a new page on your site layout and name it what you like. "Search" will do the trick.
  • Enter the name of the page in the Search Results Page field. Add ".html" to the end of the page name. The proper format would be "search.html".

Search Results Widget

  • As mentioned above, you will need to create a new page on our site. Name it "search" or similar.
  • Place the Search Results widget where you would like the results to display. The widget is responsive, and you may apply resizing settings directly to the widget using the Resize dropdown.
  • Open the widget option panel. The Included Pages field is important. You will need to list every page you want included in the search in this field. List the page names exactly as they are named, and add ".html" to the end of each page name. The format should look like this: "index.html", "about.html", "services.html".
  • Note: the home page will always be "index.html".
  • The Results Per Page and Result Description Word Count will determine how your results will look. Remember that the widget container determines the area in which the search results will be displayed.
  • Use the Style Settings section to set font, margins, colors, and more.
  • IMPORTANT: If you're having trouble getting search results, ensure that "Smart Quotes" aren't enabled. This option should be disabled when copying and pasting from a text editor such as TextEdit. See the add-on video in the playlist above for a detailed description.

When listing Included Pages, always use "index.html" for the home page.

The Search Input widget must be placed on the master page or the same page as the Search Results widget in order for the search to work properly

Commonly Asked Questions

No commonly asked questions

Known Issues/Conflicts

No known issues or conflicts

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