Google Site Search fits seamlessly into any website design and allows users to see images in the results.
In his book Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug lists a search box as one of the "Things You Need to Get Right." Most sites need a way to search.
"Given the potential power of searching and the number of people who prefer searching to browsing, unless a site is very small and very well organized, every page should have either a search box or a link to a search page. And unless there's very little reason to search your site, it should be a search box."
Google Site Search: Bring all of the search technology that powers Google.com to your website, delivering relevant results with lightning speed. The search box fits seamlessly into the design. It allows users to see images in the results. Google charges $100 a year and up, depending on the size of the site. Brand Lighting (www.brandlighting.com) is a lighting website that is easy to search with a simple Google search box.
WordPress: Free Search widgets are available for WordPress sites. Many popular Themes have search built right in.
Adding a search box to your site helps you and helps your site visitors.
Crazy Egg Heat Map demonstrates Site Visitors go straight to the Search Box.
(Crazy Egg heatmap is a graphical website overlay that shows what site visitors click.)
Your visitors are used to searching. It saves time and it helps your visitor to easily find what they are looking for. This makes sure you are turning visitors into customers.
You can receive invaluable reports on what your visitors are searching for, what they found and what they couldn't find. There is no better way to get information on what your visitors want.
Perhaps your visitors are using a different word for an item you do offer. By using the same words you can be sure to let potential customers find what they want. This also improves your findability with Google and other Search Engines.
You need to know when your visitor is unable to find what they want on your site.
Once you have installed a search box on your site you can generate usage reports for your site search engine to evaluate what users are looking for and how many of your visitors search your site.
Examples of Usage Reports
Let design42 add a search box to your existing site or develop a new site for your business that meets all of your internet business objectives.
WordPress site with free Search widget
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