Create a Mini Search Engine Website with the Squarespace Search Block
Learn by Doing Series - Turn your website into a mini search engine with the Squarespace Search Block.
Ok, just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
But I did it anyway.
And it kind of worked.
And now I want to go travel the world as the Big City Expert just so I can build a website like this. Ha!
Wondering what I'm talking about? Check out the video on....
How to Turn your Website into a Mini Search Engine with the Squarespace Search Block
(psst - I know that heading looks cheesy, but it's for SEO!)
Back to the video...
It's on the long side. 14+ minutes!
Having said that, I show you, step-by-step, how you can set up your website to act like a mini search engine and it's pretty darn cool, especially if you're a travel or lifestyle blogger.
To follow along in this video, imagine you're a travel blogger with unlimited funds who writes about walkable cities to explore.
The goal for your website is to help your site visitors find out about the cities they're interested in by reading your blog posts (and to get site visitors to email you cities to visit.)
- why you need to set up your blog first (or product page or gallery page).
- where to put your tags and categories (and why you definitely need to be organized about it. You can also watch this video on how to use tags and categories in Squarespace.)
- How to add a Video banner and style it
- How to add a Search Block
- How to add an Archive Block
- How to add and style your Form Block so that it opens in light box mode.
Over to you...what do you think?
Would it be better to have a selection of blog posts on the home page like you find on Squarespace's sample Rally Template? Or, offer a 'search engine' type experience to your readers with a simple search field to encourage them to poke around your website? Or...a mix of both.
Where to Find Free High Quality Videos
One last thing - to find free video snippets to add to your website banners, visit:
Pixabay (Always double check the license, of course.)
Search type of image, click the All Images down arrow, then choose video and search. It's that simple.
Hi, I’m Kath - author of this blog post (and others like it) and copywriter, editor, website production expert and trainer for Squarespace web designers and service-based entrepreneurs and freelancers. Team up with me to get your web design projects done, like yesterday.