Improve site wide search SD360
Always show text box with search button in the header of the website, the magnify glass doesn't look like a search button the way other websites do. - suggestion from Focus Groups
In site search show summary view of course, activity and events. Bring search filters over to the left hand side which would allow you to search for activities, events and courses all in the same place. It is important that start date of the activity range is part of this site wide search. Make it so that leaders and admins can search for things like activity templates or course templates or contacts.
Idea accidentally merged with Steve Fox's "Generic Branch search" idea which was focused on making sure there is a place for static content like overviews that is easy to find from the branch pages.
We added a box next to the magnify glass to make it more evident that you can search mountaineers.org
The search now allows you to easily filter by content type more easily like file or course or activity or member (Contact).
The search is by relevance but there are now search features that allow you to additionally filter by created date or start date or A-Z etc.
We encourage you to go ahead and try it out and let us know if it appears there is a filter missing or another way you’d like search results displayed.
The default sort is "relevance" so a first name and last name will most likely give the best results. It's one click to choose date or apha sort too.
Would also be good to be able to have a filter for upcoming instructor opportunities/field trips or have this be a filter in the regular activities area (Rena Chinn) .
Are you familiar with using the "Filter the Results" dropdown that appears after you have searched for something via the magnify glass. Getting the search fields more nuanced would be great but this is a helpful workaround for finding what you need more quickly.
Tony Tsuboi commented
Feedback on Search and Usability
I'm looking for one of our students, If I type in his last name, Fisher, I get 165 results over 17 pages. Sort defaults to Date. Suggest this default to sort alphabetically to improve usability. Also suggest you allow for in page scrolling and bump up results per page to 30 per page (vs 10 per page) so the user doesn't have to hunt for which page the result will be in.
Dennis Miller commented
It's a great idea to drill down to the info from Course Overviews. The content we want to see already exists; it can be pulled from the course templates