Here's how you set up an image & video search on your website:
Create the search button:
In the Media Library create a new menu item and call it what you like (e.g. Search Images), then double click the menu item and under SETTINGS scroll to the bottom to toggle the SEARCH GALLERY button to ON.
IMPORTANT: A menu item that you turn into a search button should have nothing in it.
The Search bar has some basic controls for styling (NOTE: This is for the password box as well). Under DESIGNS launch the Desktop LAYOUT panel and open the OVERLAY tab to see the Search Overlay Options where you can change the Input Font Color, Input Background Color, Overlay Background Color, and Overlay Background Transparency.
Finally, a really exciting part of this new feature. You can override all your image display and thumbnail options (double click the menu item) to adjust how the results are displayed. Large thumbs, large images that scroll... it's up to you. Awesome!
There are 3 ways to make images SEARCHABLE so you can control what images show up when visitors search:
1. Make all images searchable at once. In your, Admin launch the ACCOUNT panel and go to the SITE DISPLAY tab where you will find a switch to turn ON "Make All Images And Videos Searchable." IMPORTANT NOTE: Images and videos in password-protected or hidden galleries on your site will be ignored (unless the images are also in visible galleries). NOTE: Images in the Media library that aren't in a gallery will show up in searches if they have keywords and are made "searchable"
2. Make a group of images searchable at once. To select a specific group of images to make SEARCHABLE go in the Media Libary and select the images (hold shift to select a group and hold command to add to that group) click the TAGS button then turn Searchable: ON in the dialog box that comes up and Update or hit OK.
3. Make individual images searchable. In the Media Library, you can double click each image you want to show up in search results and turn SEARCHABLE to ON>
There are 5 ways to enter keywords on your images so you can control what images show up for specific search terms:
1. Add keywords to each image individually. In the Media Library, you can double click each image where you will find a box to input keywords. Use a comma to separate words unless you want the image to show up for a two-word search only (e.g. use Durango Colorado and not Durango, Colorado if you want the image to only show up when those two words are used together).
2. Add keywords to a group of images at once. In the Media Library, you can select a group of images then hit the TAGS button to edit metadata for all the images at once.
Pro Tip: You can click on any "KEYWORDS In Some Items" to add to ALL items and you can click on any "KEYWORDS In All Items" to remove them from All Items.
3. Add keywords to image metadata in lightroom and upload. If you have keywords entered in your metadata field already they will appear with the image upon upload. NOTE: If you are replacing images already on your site you need to use a NEW filename.
4. Reveal keyword metadata for images already uploaded. If you have keywords entered in your metadata field already for images on your website you can double click each image where you will be prompted to save the keywords.
5. Make image titles and/or captions searchable. You have the option to make your image titles and captions searchable in addition to keywords (default). In your Admin launch the ACCOUNT panel and go to the SITE DISPLAY tab where you will find a switch to turn ON "Include Titles In Searches" and "Include Captions In Searches".
Control the image order of search results. In the Media Library double click the menu item you are using for your search bar and under SETTINGS scroll to the bottom to see settings for search results image order "SORT BY". Use this to set what order the search results are displayed in.
Create a gallery from an image search. Each search creates a unique URL that you can grab and paste as a CUSTOM LINK in any Menu Item so it redirects to the search results.
Email the results of an image search. Each search creates a unique URL that can be emailed to someone.