Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Broken Blog Search Widget

Lots of people are discovering that the Google Blog Search Widget has broken and Google have no urgent intentions of fixing it. There is a Google thread about it which I posted some code my husband wrote as a workaround. It's not perfect, and it doesn't bring up a neat little list of post results so if you are searching for something with a number of results  it's going to be a long list of full results....(particularly true on a free from recipe resource so please get your act together Google!!) but it's the best out there at the moment.

On this Blog you will see I have located it on the right hand bar, under the Google Search widget, so try it out and see.

If you wish to add it to your own blog you will need to do the following:-

1) Log in to Blogger
2) Select "Design" from the top right
3) Select "Layout" from the list which comes up on the left hand side




4) Select "Add a gadget"



5)Select HTML/Javascript



6)Then past in the following code:-

<form action="search" name="input" method="get">
<input value="Search" name="q" size="20" type="text"/>
<input value="Go!" type="submit"/>
</form>

7)You can give it any title you like - mine says "Temporary Blog Search until Google fix theirs!".
Then save, and you're done.

This code was pinched from the Google thread I posted it on to help others and posted elsewhere as the author's own. It's not.... my other half wrote it as I was getting desperate!
Hopefully the original Google version will soon be fixed. Don't hold you breath though...

1 comment:

  1. Someone helpfully pointed out that cut and pasting code from a picture is not so simple, so I have removed the picture and added it as text.

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