How To Customize Your Shopify Search Bar

By  //  June 10, 2022

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There are multiple ways to change up your Shopify search bar, and your Shopify store will likely get some pretty positive results of this customization. However, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, it can be very difficult to customize your Shopify search bar in a way that is as clean and effective and functional as you aim to have it.

Regardless of the confidence level that you have in your ability to change your Shopify search bar settings, you should know that it’s quite a strong idea for you to work on changing how the search bar functions. 

The biggest positive effect in changing up your Shopify search tool’s settings and coding is that potential customers are going to be far more likely to have a good experience while they’re visiting your Shopify store. Additionally, a positive experience for your customers likely means that your Shopify search bar also has the ability to bring in more purchases.

If you don’t know how to code, customizing the Shopify search tool can be difficult. But there are ways to change the way the search bar functions that don’t require much knowledge of coding at all.

Route #1: Coding the Changes Yourself

While you’re within the Shopify website, you can do the coding to change up the Shopify search tool yourself. However, if you don’t have much knowledge of the coding languages that Shopify search, or Shopify in general, uses to run its site, this likely isn’t going to be very simple.

One potential options available to first time coders is to look up different coding tutorials that will give you access to the particular settings that you want. The most commonly used code changes on the Shopify search bar, according to Expertrec, are sorting by type, sorting by product availability, and enabling partial word matches.

While these coding changes are possible to accomplish on your own, even if you don’t have much coding experience, this is not necessarily advisable. Yes, even if you’re looking to save a little bit of money on this particular optimization venture for your Shopify search bar, this is not something that would generally come highly suggested for coding newcomers.

That’s mainly because there’s a lot of potential to make mistakes you won’t know how to reverse, this process can be time consuming, it likely won’t be very sustainable in the long-term, and there are easier ways to get this done. Naturally, you can hire outside of yourself to get an expert to handle the customizations you want, whether through a freelancer or a third party.

However, if you’re comfortable editing the search.liquid, this is a relatively viable option for you if you’re looking to customize and optimize your Shopify search bar to your needs. While this can also be a bit time consuming, especially if you don’t necessarily know what all of the code necessarily translates into in the results off the top of your head, it’s much more manageable.

Route #2: Hiring Out

As mentioned in the previous section, it’s possible to hire out the coding help that you need in order to help you make the necessary changes to your Shopify search tool. This is especially advisable if you know that coding is not your strongest suit, as it gives you the ability to focus on the parts of running the store that you can do best.

Hiring out gives you a lot of flexibility, but it’s also a good idea to be careful with who you hire. If they don’t necessarily know what they’re doing either, the changes could take about as long to come through on your Shopify search bar as it would for you to complete the customization.

However, there are particular apps and third party companies that allow you to make the changes that you want on your own time. How is this possible?

This is mainly possible because these apps and third party companies are thoroughly familiar with the coding systems that are generally present in search bars and tools, and they take a lot of the guesswork out of the coding process for you. But, because you’re able to customize on your own time for the most part, it’s as if you’re doing it on your own.

Using one of these kinds of softwares or applications is pretty highly advisable, especially because of how much easier of a process this is for those who want to deal with the customization changes as minimally as possible.

In addition to the coding customizations that were mentioned previously, some of these applications offer you the ability to completely change the User Interface through customization. 

For example, you can completely customize the layout, use a CSS editor for your page, decrease overwhelm for your customers with pagination on your site, and add a variety of filters based on your shop’s particular needs.