Search is a method of finding the required information from large content. Basic search is based on a single parameter (usually name) that is used to find an item. Advanced search UI provides a way to find something from a large list of items by specifying criteria including multiple parameters.
How Does Advanced Search Work?
An advanced search option is usually placed somewhere closer to the basic search box on UI so that the user can easily find and go towards it.
The user defines a search filter and applies it to large data to narrows down its scope. A filter is created by adding different parameters. For example, to search a list of contents, parameters can be Name, ID, Type, Status, Creation Date, Author, etc. The user selects a parameter and defines its value. A parameter can have a set of values for selection, like Type can be Image, Docx, PDF, etc.
Multiple parameters defined for specific criteria make a filter. Users can define and save a filter for later use. When the search is executed, results display and users can see and further narrow down these results.
Having an advanced search UI is one way to do the same. Another way is for the search bar to support advanced search operators like Google does.
How to Add an Advanced Search to your Website
Here we will visit the steps required to add the ExpertRec Custom search engine to your website. This is one of the easiest setup processes of all the available options out there and is highly recommended.
- Navigate to https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=cse and signup with your Google ID.
- Enter your website’s URL when prompted. You can select a server location near you and add the URL of your sitemap if you wish to. These will be auto-detected otherwise.
- You can play around with the settings and customize the UI as the crawl runs. Once it is complete, you can check out a fully functional demo before taking the search to your website.
- You can take the search to your website with little to no effort. All you need to do is to paste the code snippet available on the dashboard on your website.
ExpertRec comes with more customization options that you can explore. You can read this article to find a more detailed guide on the installation and configuration.