The differences between Google Site Search and Free Custom Search

Here's an overview of the differences you can expect between Google Site Search and the free Custom Search:

  Google Site Search Free CSE
Search options
Search the entire web
Image-only search
Look and feel
Option to remove ads
Access to XML API for results
JSON API Unlimited Daily limit
Make money with AdSense
Option to remove Google branding
Transfer ownership
Share query quotas with a business group
Technical Support
Access to the support forum
Email support


On April 1, 2017, Google will discontinue sales of the Google Site Search. All new purchases and renewals must take place before this date. Google Site Search will be completely shut down by April 1, 2018.