Search is probably the most used feature on any website, especially if you are selling specific products. Search boxes today mostly come with advanced customizations to integrate seamlessly into your website. The following are the best tools that let you add a Search functionality to your website for free.
1. Algolia is a hosted search API that delivers search results in “find-as- you-type” speed. The results are refreshed at every keystroke. In its free plan, it provides an autocomplete function that allows the user to find results in milliseconds. It also features spelling corrections and customization. It offers a responsive design and unifies searching and browsing for your online and mobile users. For its free users, it also provides analytics on how people search on your service for a day. The paid plans start from $49 per month to $3490 per month and include features such as UX/UI guidance and review and multiple search domains.
2. Google Custom Search allows customization to match the site’s design, daily content updates, autocomplete and spelling corrections. With its AdSense, you can make money through the ads they show on the search results page. Users can search content on your site, a collection of sites or the entire web. You may even choose to confine the search to specific sections on your site. The free plan offers a single search domain and 24 hour customer support. Paid plans start from $100 per year which support multiple search domains, customization and multiple user access.