How to display Search box within content in WordPress

Marcel wanted to know how a search form can be added in between paragraphs in a Page or Post in WordPress.

While it is possible to use a plugin that enables PHP in WordPress editor, it is not recommended.

In this article I show how we can create a shortcode that outputs the search form and use this shortcode wherever you want.

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Add the following in your child theme’s functions.php:

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//* Do NOT include the opening php tag
//* Create a [my_search] shortcode for displaying search box
add_shortcode('my_search', 'display_search');
function display_search($atts) {
echo '<div class="my-search">';
echo '</div>';
return ob_get_clean();
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Now wherever you wish to display search form, place this shortcode: [my_search]

(Optional) Depending on your current active theme you may want to add CSS.

For example, in Genesis Sample:

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.my-search {
margin-bottom: 28px;
.my-search input[type="search"] {
max-width: 300px;
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  1. says

    This solves my firt question:

    You can customize the search form input box text by adding this below part of the code to your functions.php

    /** Customize search form input box text */
    add_filter( ‘genesis_search_text’, ‘custom_search_text’ );
    function custom_search_text($text) {
    return esc_attr( ‘Your new search text here’ );

    Still hoping to find a way to change color of search results box color from black to another color

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