View Full Version : Mini Mods - Navbar Search Form/Input Box

30 Apr 2008, 19:04
Updated version of my older mod here (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=147076), fixed for the new security token feature.

This is a quick template mod that roughly emulates the search box here at vB.org, without the forum select dropdown. I saw a few mods somewhat like it but none with the input box, and like many people here once vB.org released the new skin, I had to have the search box. So after a bit of coding and hacking around, here's the way I did it.

Note that simply clicking the search button with no query will bring you to the default search page.

Time to Install: 2 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Template Mods: 1
Demo: http://www.sevenstring.org
Login: guest/guest (unregistered search is disabled)

AdminCP -> Style Manager -> Edit Templates -> navbar


<div class="navbar" style="font-size:10pt"><a href="$vboptions[forumhome].php$session[sessionurl_q]" accesskey="1"><img class="inlineimg" src="$stylevar[imgdir_misc]/navbits_start.gif" alt="" border="0" /></a> <strong>$vboptions</strong></div>

Add directly after, replacing the colored text with your domain/forum path to search.php

<!-- Search Box -->
<td valign="middle" class="alt1"> <div style="white-space:nowrap">
<form action="[B]http://www.yourdomain.com/forum/search.php" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="s" value="" />
<input type="hidden" name="do" value="process" />
<input type="hidden" name="securitytoken" value="$bbuserinfo[securitytoken]" />
<input type="hidden" name="showposts" value="0" />
<input type="hidden" name="quicksearch" value="1" />
<input type="text" style="width:100px;" class="bginput" name="query"/>
<input style="font: bold 10px Arial" type="submit" class="button" value="Search" /></form>
<a style="text-decoration:none" href="search.php" accesskey="4" rel="nofollow" id="navbar_search" class=""></a>&nbsp;
<!-- /Search Box -->

Note that the bold text is what's new for 3.7.

Optional: Remove the old search link from your navbar.

Simply comment out the search text, like so. I'm sure there's a better way to accomplish this, but that's how I pull it off on my site. Any input appreciated.

<!-- $vbphrase[search] -->


This will be considered beta until I have it running with 3.7 for awhile to ensure there are no other hidden issues.

30 Apr 2008, 20:06
Just installed, and I wanted to note that the link for 'form action' has to be updated to reflect your own forums URL. Other than that, great job!

30 Apr 2008, 21:26

01 May 2008, 10:57
installed Thanks:up:

01 May 2008, 12:16
nice mod. Is it possible to put also a second box that does the tag search?

01 May 2008, 12:20
Thank you very much :)

01 May 2008, 15:42
thanks so much :D

05 May 2008, 16:13
Thanks, addded this to my sidebar :)

05 May 2008, 21:03
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What's wrong with this?

10 May 2008, 22:39
Having this problem, How do i get rid of that arrow

No problem, fxied it

15 May 2008, 15:06
How come I didnt get a little arrow to do the advance search?:p

22 May 2008, 18:10
How come I didnt get a little arrow to do the advance search?:p


02 Jul 2008, 16:14
Nice mod, Install!

but how change method="post" to "only titles"?

19 Nov 2008, 12:32
:)Installed thank you very good

23 Nov 2008, 03:04
very nice, worked on 3.7.4 with no problem, if there is a way a text saying search in side and as soon your mouse hit the box make it clear ? that type the search ?

20 May 2010, 19:35
Having this problem, How do i get rid of that arrow

No problem, fxied it


I just did some navbar editing and ran into this problem. I was able to fix it by changing the 'id=' parameter slightly. Hope this helps someone!

<a style="text-decoration:none" href="search.php" accesskey="4" rel="nofollow" id="navbar_search" class=""></a>

<a style="text-decoration:none" href="search.php" accesskey="4" rel="nofollow" id="navbar_search2" class=""></a>