This post shows you how easy it is to use the default Umbraco search functionality in your site. It uses a basic form and then uses razor to display your search results.

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Create a simple form in a view like this:

    <form action="/search/" method="GET">
        <input type="text" placeholder="Search..." name="query">

The above form can be used on the search page or even in a search bar on a separate page.

In your search results page, add the following:

        var searchQuery = Request.QueryString["query"];
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(searchQuery))    
            <div class="searchresults">
                <p>Your search results for <strong>@searchQuery</strong></p>
                    @foreach (var result in Umbraco.Search(searchQuery))
                            <a href="@result.Url">@result.Name</a>

It is very simple and basic, but it works. It gets you off the ground with searching on your site.
My search page uses it, so go ahead and take a look.

In the future I will do a post about using the Examine Lucene search, which is more involved.

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About the author

Paul Seal

Umbraco MVP and .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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