For one thing, the process of typing in a search is different. The initial filtering dropdown menu by the search bar is gone. In its place, you will see helpful autocomplete search suggestions as you type in your query.
You will also find that search results are displayed differently – when your search results contain a Hubber, an Answer, or another non-Hub item in the response, the type of the item will be clearly indicated and a small group of that item type will be displayed together.
This gives you a much better sense of the kind of information Hubpages has about what you are searching for. If you search for “Pablo Picaso” you will likely find some pictures. If you search for “a stitch in time saves nine”, you are more likely to find discussions, for example.
Of course, you can still filter your results as you please, and two very cool new things you can filter for include things form the Help section on HubPages, as well as Hubs that specifically have comments, polls, images, and even videos!
You will also see an advanced search option, which allows you to include multiple terms, search for exact phrases, and even exclude unwanted terms.
These are some nice changes, no? It should be noted that these great developments are courtesy of Mark Painter, one of our newer engineers. If you would like to learn more about Mark, check out his interview for the HubPages Newsletter, and don’t forget to stop by his profile!
These awesome updates to search are only part of a work in progress, so keep an eye out for new improvements down the line. We hope you enjoy this improved feature.