I wanted to use Google “AdSense for Search” as the default search engine on my wordpress site. After experimenting with several of the wordpress plugins to set up the Google Search, I just wasn’t satisfied with any of them. So I asked myself: “Why couldn’t I do something like I’d been doing with plain old websites”? It turns out that I could and I ended up with something that seems pretty simple, to me.
My reservations with the existing plugins had to do with modifying code in the theme. Although, I’m more than capable to modify the theme, I did not want to remember to do so every time I changed or upgraded my theme.
When you setup Google “AdSense for Search” on a plain old website, you:
Much to my surprise, this turned out to have a fairly direct translation to wordpress. It seemed pretty simple to do.
Then I made my new search widget which was named “Text” the first listed widget.
This seems to work pretty well.
Maybe in a future release wordpress will let me give user controlled names to my text widgets. I currently have 3 widgets named Text