Search boxes and bars are critical elements on every website. Depending on any project the users are involved, this can be one of the most essential components. This simple addition to any website can improve the UI of any website improving user experience as a whole. Not, only this, but this also serves the navigational purpose of helping users find exactly what they are looking for with ease. You can usually find these on the navigation bars or header menus visible and in some cases hidden. Not only does this make things more user-friendly and approachable but allows site-wide navigation with a simple click. Saving both time and effort on both ends, if you still haven’t added this simple yet effective element then what are you waiting for?
And if you are in search of the perfect way to implement creative HTML search boxes onto your site, then you are at the right place. While you are at it, why not add that flair of appeal with interesting designs? Today we have tried to create a list of the best possible HTML search boxes including options for animated, simple, stylish, and more. Each of these we have mentioned below includes demo images and also a link to their code snippets. Whether you want to get a head start to your own custom design or simply looking for a fully created bars and boxes, you will get it all. So without further ado, let’s get onto the listing.
Search Form with animated search button
An animated example that is perfect to be used as a search box, this is a stylish and formidable option to start out our list with. The creator using just simple CSS and HTML has managed to add in all the appealing animations, effects and elements effectively. Starting out with a simple HTML search box with placement for texts to be searched and the find icon on the side, the box is further stylized with simple transitions. The peach and pink color scheme with the gradient white adds that clean and eye-catching factor. Icon on the right changes to an arrow while the text Search designated to showcase the text area is also replaced when the users type in their query. While the remaining can be customized as per the requirements, the overall design structure and style is pretty much a great start. Another little detail that most of the others miss out on is the notification that appears when the users click on search without typing in any query.
EXPANDABLE SEARCH BAR ANIMATION
Another great example of HTML search boxes is this clean and retro expandable animated bar. Subtle yet so much effective, this creative design makes it easier to place search boxes onto text heavy or content heavy sites. The detail achieved with simple elements and transitions the creator has kept it minimal. When clicked on the icon, it expands to a full view to reveal the text area where the users can type in their queries. Because of the dark background and the white text area, even the icon first displayed changes their color schemes to match the design. The whole structure is based on HTML and CSS which means that this HTML search box is easy to implement on your site as well.
Animated Search Bar
Now, this design is similar to the one we have just listed above, however, it leans towards a more advanced and complex style. While the icon is similar and it does expand to reveal the text area, it is completely different from the animation and effects. Albert Feynman, the creator of this HTML search boxes has elevated the simple design with great attention to details. The icon when clicked on reveals a bar for the users to place their searches on. And while the icon starts out as a typical search icon, it changes to a cross when transitioning. Even the neon pink on a plain gray background makes it more popping and eye-catching for the users to enjoy. Get a full look into the coding structure following the link down below.
Simple Search Bar
Just as the name would suggest, this is a simpler and clean design for HTML search box intended for more professional look and appeal. This is a standard search bar with a text area and a search button. The fonts are clean and even the blue and white color schemes are pretty much pleasing to the eyes. Emily Huang, the creator has aimed at simplicity and kept the whole ordeal more purpose oriented. While all of the little details including the size, fonts, and the texts are pre-defined, a simple tweaks here and there can give it a more custom feel.
Search Button Animation
Another one of the creative and innovative designs, this animated HTML search box is a stunning addition on our list today. A design by Kristy Yeaton, this is an expanding button animated in quite a stunning way. Combining HTML, CSS and a slight JS animation, the creator has managed to elevate the whole design. It starts out with a simple bordered box with the search icon. And when clicked on, the search icon changes to a search button and expands to display the text area. Using a simple black background with neon blue as the highlight of each element, it pops up more in the eyes of the users.
Pure CSS Expanding Search
Smooth, clean and well coded, this pure CSS and HTML search box example is yet another stunner on our list today. So smooth, so stunning, it is hard to believe that the creator has managed to get this result without any complex JS coding. The simple navigating icon that expands and reveals the search bar transitions is an almost mesmerizing movement. Another detail added is the change of color scheme from lime green to pink and purple. Even the icons change itself from a search to a cross. Brilliantly designed, get a head start on your next project with the full code snippet following the link down below.
Fancy Search Box
Now just as the name says, this is a truly fancy, stylish and edgy design of search box that will surely leave anyone impressed. Backed up with a purple gradient background, the box is animated in an interesting and engaging manner. It starts out as a simple rounded edged box with the text and icon to designate the search area. However, when clicked on, the box reduces itself to form a single line under the text. The icon on the box is also animated to switch placements from left to right. Creator of this example has used both CSS, HTML and even a bit of JS to add that animating factor. When a specific query is typed in, the search button in form of a simple arrow appears on the right-hand side. While it may sound complex, you can get a full look into the coding structure and get a better understanding through the link below.
If you are looking for something unique and creative to implement HTML search boxes/bars onto your site, then this is a great option! Clean, simple and yet effective to engage your users, it uses the classic expand and reveal to showcase the search box. However, instead of an entirely different box appearing on the side, this makes use of the search icon itself. The top part expands but in a way to form a box where the users can add in their searches or queries. Even the color scheme with white and blue paints a pleasing appearance.
Animated Search Input
Talking about creative and innovative design, this animated search input is an excellent option. The blue and green gradient background pops out in the eyes of the viewers. And using only CSS and HTML search box design, the creator has managed to get this stunning end result. Starting out with what seems like a simple white search icon, it changes it’s positioning as well as expands to reveal the search area where the users can enter their searches. While everything including the sizing, colors, and even the fonts used are pre-defined. However, you can change and customize it to your preference if needs be.
Steve Gardner, the creator of this amazing HTML search box design has implemented HTML, CSS as well as combined JS codes to get this amazing result. The blue and white color alongside the professional looking bars and icons are the focal point. And of course, the smooth animation and effects make it more engaging for the users. Even the color transition from light blue to a shade darker is clean as can be. The text area is identified with a simple round-edged box with a search button on the side. Everything about this is minimal and clean which makes it the perfect choice no matter what design your site follows.
Search Input With Morphing Effect
A design by Milan Milosev, this is another stunning example to get things appealing and mesmerizing for the users. The simple icon animated with CSS and JS, and designed with HTML, the overall structure is quite nifty. Orange and white as the color palette also pop out more to the viewer’s eyes. Even the animation is quite unique per se. The search icon or the magnifying glass divides itself forming an entirely new element. The handle transforms into a cross while the circle then changes itself to a round-edged box where the users can type in their searches. When clicked on again, both these components return to their original state
CSS Search Field Animation
Another one created using CSS, HTML as well as a bit of JS to add in that extra detailing with animation, this CSS search field animation is also a stunner. The stunning purple background used makes the whole design extra appealing. Starting out with a simple icon, when hovered over, it turns into a search box in a mesmerizing transition. Sebastian Popp has elevated a simple design using JS animations and stylizing the searh bar to be so versatile and professional. Use the link below to view the whole structure they have used.
We just can’t seem to get enough of the blue and white combination as here is yet another fabulous example. A variation by Shaw, this too is animated to transition from a simple icon to a search box using JS and CSS. Another detail that adds to the appeal is the subtle color change from a darker to the lighter shade along with the transition. The search bar also includes a search button on the right-hand side which appears and dissolves with the expansion of the bar. Pretty simple yet effective in its own way, this is a perfect way to implement search boxes or bars on your site.
Simple On-Click Search Field Interaction
Simple On-click Search bar is quite the opposite of what the name says! Yup, you heard that right, although using minimal codes limiting to just HTML and CSS, the idea and the design is anything else than simple. The bold color schemes with blue, white and gray are pretty pleasing. However, the focal point here is the buttons that appear when the users click on the search box. These buttons are animated to display a palpating effect and users can add in various functions on each one. Another detail the creator has implemented is the hover effect which lightens whichever icon the cursor is upon. Unlike the classic search box, this design instead of using a search button on the side has turned it into a voice input icon.
If you are looking for something more simpler and professional rather than too much of distracting elements, then these examples are just the right thing for you. And the great thing here is that the creators has created multiple options to choose from as well. Combining CSS, HTML and also JS for smooth performing transition, all of these examples execute a different movement and animation. From slide down effect to replacing the whole menu to display the HTML search box, you can opt for anyone from the listing here. Just make sure that the codes you replicate are placed properly so that you get the exact effect without all of the effort.
CSS Effect for Search Input
Making use of the stunning Rose Quartz color for the background, this example of HTML search box by Mihael Tomic is another great addition to our list today. Since the background and the texts use the eye-catching color schemes, the rest of the design is pretty neat and plain. Now talking about the animation, the search bar is designed to transition to a single line where the users can type in their questions. The search button and the texts to designate the search area remains constant.
Animating Search Box
Going for something easier to replicate and implement on your site, this rose red design is a pretty great option. The creator has kept things simple and clean as it uses the design and style element from HTML and simple CSS. Once again, the icon for search or find is used as the expanding element which displays the search bar. However, this time there are no search buttons and a simple entry on the keyboard does the trick.
Search Box by Ricardo
Now for a more complex design which is much more easier to achieve, this example of HTML search box is by Ricardo Ortega. The circle with the icon is the base of the animated search bar. And the expanding animation created with CSS is the major component here. When hovered over the icon, it slides right to make a place for the bar to appear. The blue background with the contrasting pink icon in between makes it for a more creative approach. The text area designated also changes to showcase a darker shade of blue where the users can type in.
Minimal Search Bar
Talking about more simpler options and minimal design to implement an HTML search box, this is another great use of animation and transition. But, although the end result is quite simple to see, the overall use of codes to get it is a bit on the advanced side. It starts out again as a simple icon which changes into a fully functional search bar. And the simple detailing with the pop-in and pop-out to the shape transition is quite impressive. The unique thing here is also the cross or the exit button that displaces the shapes back to the original position. Playing around with the simplest of transition, the creator has surely managed to make the simplicity pop-out with this design.
Searchbox PureCSS Hover Transition
Utilizing the classic expand on hover effect, the creator of this HTML search box has used simple CSS to get this unique style. The icon to showcase the search bar or icon is also quite unique and different from the usual ones. Purple background with the simple animated button also adds to the eye-catching factor. The search box contrasting with the purple displays a transluscent gray text area. When the cursor changes the position, the bar comes back to it’s original position. And the best thing is that the creator has used only CSS and HTML codes. Thus, it is easy to replicate and even implement it on any site with minimal effort. Just follow the link down below to view the full coding structure.
Animated Search Box
Last but not least, this neon gradient design is certainly one to appeal to the users. With the interesting color palette, the creator has implemented unique concepts to get this fabulous result. And the color is not the only appealing factor here. Using JS, the search boox executes animations in an interesting and creative manner. The rounded square to designate the search bar expands on click to reveal the whole structure. It also changes from a square to a circle in a smooth transition. Exit or cross icon which appears alongside the expansion also rolls in and out of the display. Certainly one of a kind, this is sure to engage your users in all the right ways. So view the whole structure to implement it on your site following the link below.