Good site search – quick tipsPosted December 9th, 2008 by David Hamill
There’s a few quick tips here but they’re all on site search so I’ve kept them together.
Provide a box not a link
If you want people to see your site search then don’t provide a ‘search’ link on every page. Instead provide the search box itself. Your users are more likely to notice it, so it will be used more.
No search is better than a bad search
If your search sucks, then lose it. Take it off the page. Some people will spend ages struggling with a bad search engine. If they can’t find it with search then they often think it doesn’t exist.
Take the Google logo off
If you have some sort of Google powered search then don’t put a Google logo on it. Some people will mistake it for a web search.
What are quick tips?
My quick tips are bits of advice I’ve given lots of times, but they’re not really worth writing a big article about.