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New Search Engine?

 2:54 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

What do you think of the new site search engine?



 3:00 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Sorry didn't see this post before I posted.


 3:10 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I like the new search, though I think it needs more work. I don't always find the results that I expect to find. I like the ability to search for a particular user or forum.


 2:53 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

System: The following 3 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/feedback/4138437.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 4:12 pm on May 25, 2010 (utc +1)

The new search is IMO is broke. I really don't like it and find myself using the SE's to find what I am searching for on the site.


 3:07 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Same here.


 3:10 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

3rd that opinion. I liked the old Google search much better. I find the results are often crowded with posts all from the same thread.


 3:17 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I use Google and site:webmasterworld.com "query" and go from there. Haven't used the new search yet. :(


 3:19 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

afraid I use the google search as well , did not get on with new search


 3:32 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I Prefer the old Google search much better

Robert Charlton

 5:17 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

New search is clearly a work in progress... and it allows some functionality not possible using Google (eg, searching a post by author, and going to a specific post in a long thread).

The tradeoff is that URL format returned, though, is post specific, not thread specific. It's also not always compatible with urls suitable for posting, as WebmasterWorld has no single post-specific url system, independent of user-preferences, for reaching a post or a thread (that's a topic for another discussion).

Result display is also graphically clumsy. Thread titles and snippets are not well grouped, and indentation of snippets is a design mistake. Left alignment would make results much easier to read.

I find myself needing to use both the new Advanced Search and Google to find what I want.


 5:19 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've gone back to using Google to search the forums. The G results are much better, more manageable, much easier to read, and not cluttered up with the "member match (or whatever it's called)" stuff.


 5:31 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I prefer to use Google search to find stuff here. It has a more user-friendly and familiar feel to it.

I'm usually just interested in typing in a few keywords and that's it. No advanced search needed for me ;-)


 6:19 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Don't give me a link to your search engine. Give me a search box.

The site has a wealth of info and I find it a pain to find the right threads.

(If some prefer Google search, then give them that option while searching.)



 11:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I also use Google with site:webmasterworld.com "query" for all of my WW searching...


 4:43 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I also Prefer the old Google Search Engine was much better than the current one.


 4:53 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Good on ya mate @rebelde
Don't give me a link to your search engine. Give me a search box.

A search box at the top-o-the-page would do the trick.

Not even a little bit interested in the author (like I really know who all of the authors are anyway) .. just a simple keyword search that pulls up the threads having to do with "that keyword" .. Type in HTML5, for instance, and Bamm .. all one could ever read about the subject, right at ones fingertips :)


 6:26 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Haven't tried the new search, but clearly confirm that a site-wide search -independent from 3rd parties- is much needed, and every inch towards this is highly appreciated. After all, especially with Google, we do not know how they use the information they get from searches containing the "site:webmasterworld.com" operator.


 9:10 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

While I like the new search facility I think that a few simple amends could make it more user-friendly

Larger link to advanced search option

Keyword Search box at top of the page would be great with options to search all forums/particular forum/library

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