Do you have a consistent search results screen? (aka the Google Grid)
23/12/2014 1:51 PM by
Every website out there has a page which displays the results of a search. I am
amazed that no standard has been adopted throughout the Web as nearly every site
seems to have a different way of displaying data.
However, Google is a very good example for displaying search results. Their result
pages are clear and efficient, especially for a large result set.
Figure: Good example – adopt Google's search result layout
So adopt Google's search result layout and it will give new and regular users a better navigation experience.
Here's our standard layout for our search function.
Want the 'Google grid'? Then follow these rules to help users to navigate:
- Filters at the top (if more than one search parameter,then add a "search" button)
- The number of results found + how many seconds the search took to execute
- A statement that explains the criteria that you used for searching (or keep the criteria in the text box like google does)
- The number of pages found (hyperlinks centered in the middle), and these hyperlinks
should be shown on the footer of the page only.
Figure: The header of SSW results screen
- filter, number of results found, search criteria and time taken
Figure: Good example - The footer of SSW product order listing page
has the hyperlinks for pages 1 to 10 centered
Figure: Google's classic search results
Do you feel this rule needs an update?