Is there a way to display a search box on a page (resembling the google landing page)?

I have tried to create a search page template. However, this doesn't work as all the wp-template styling disappears.


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You can do this using the get_search_form() function. For your custom parameters you can add some hidden fields or you can modify the action attribute value.

The following can be considered as your form layout.

<form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" action="<?php echo home_url( '/' ); ?>">
    <div><label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">Search for:</label>
        <input type="text" value="" name="s" id="s" />
        <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search" />

You can add your own parameters such as tags, etc. by appending the get parameters to the action attribute of form.

Refer some examples below:

  1. WordPress Codex
  2. WP Beginner
  • Thanks. I must have been unclear in my message. I do not want a google search. I want the wp search so i can moderate it a little (excluding certain tags etc.). I just want it to resemble the google landing page in the sense that i want a regular page with a search form on it.
    – Michael
    Jan 9, 2013 at 10:42
  • I have modified the answer as per your requirement. Check now. Jan 9, 2013 at 11:00
  • Please expand your answer with some examples, not just links
    – shea
    Jan 9, 2013 at 12:44

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