Webflow’s search functionality is a fantastic asset to help users find the content they really want to see. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to add a search button, a search form, and interactions.
But first, let’s quickly discuss some best practices for site search design, such as when and where to use search forms. Because — as with all things web design — just because you can add something, doesn’t mean you should.
When to add a search form
When deciding whether or not to use search on your site — or any feature, really — it’s helpful to put yourself in your visitors’ shoes. Ask yourself: why are they coming to your website and what content are they looking for?
If you have a simple, five-page site, the pages are what you expect: home, services, portfolio, about, and contact. Since the main navigation can easily lead visitors around, they won’t likely need search.
But if you run a blog with dozens — maybe even hundreds — of posts and your user has to scroll through hundreds of items just to find what they’re looking for, then Webflow’s search function is your guy!
Where to add a search form
Search normally has two homes on a webpage: in the main navigation or front-and-center in the homepage/hero section.
The placement really depends on what your visitor’s goal is. Let’s say you run a recipe website where the main goal is to find an ingredient or a specific dish. It makes sense to make search prominent in the hero section. If you run a blog, having a visible search button in the main navigation will suffice since search is an added feature and not the main call to action.
How to add a search form
Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it shouldn’t sing and bring a smile to your user. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you’ll know I love to use Webflow’s super-amazing interactions — search form elements are no exception.
So for this tutorial, we’ll be creating an interactive search form like this one: