This week, internal searches on HubPages got much better.
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.
3 replies on “Better Search on HubPages”
I have to disagree. IMO, search just turned into a huge mess. More does not automatically equate with better.
It used to be that I could search just in Hubs, or just in the forums, or in any number of specific areas. Now it’s just a mess, with the returned results including all sorts of info that I don’t want. I can’t narrow down my search until a whole range of unnecessary material has been delivered to me, and I find that to be a huge disservice.
It used to be that you could specify a tiny area from a pull-down right when the first search was initiated and I think it’s a grievous error to have eliminated that option.
I’m not a huge fan. I liked the old thing where you could select what part of the site you’re searching.
Also, in the results the hubs are way down at the bottom. I personally search for hubs when I use the search form and it’s sad to see they are all the way at the bottom.
Yahoo! I actually like the new changes to search, and I’m glad they’ve finally arrived. Whether I’m searching for a particular Hubber or a Hub, I can easily filter my results by clicking on the right. I know some will disagree, but to me it seems more intuitive than the previous system.