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Search Centers

Posted by Paul on April 10, 2014


In this article we can explore the basics of Search Centers.

What are Search Centers?

SharePoint Out-of-the-Box comes with 2 site definitions:

1. Basic Search Center

2. Enterprise Search Center

These site definitions create pages with pre-configured web parts. Please note that there will be multiple pages included in the site definition:

1. Search page

2. Result page

3. Refiner pages

We can use the Edit Page option to customize these pages using web parts.

Basic Search Center

For creating a Basic Search Center site, perform the following steps.

From your home page > Choose site Contents > Scroll down > New sub site option.

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In the appearing page enter the following details:

1. Site Title

2. Site URL

3. Site Template as Enterprise > Basic Search Center

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Click the Create button to create the site. You will get the following site created at http://hpvm/bsearch/default.aspx

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You can enter some text to search for and you will see the results page at http://hpvm/bsearch/results.aspx

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Enterprise Search Center

For creating an Enterprise Search Center site, perform the following steps.

From your home page > Choose site Contents > Scroll down > New sub site option.

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In the appearing page enter the following details:

1. Site Title

2. Site URL

3. Site Template as Enterprise > Enterprise Search Center

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Click the Create button to create the site. You will get the following site created at http://hpvm/esearch

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You can enter some text to search for and you will see the results page at http://hpvm/esearch/results.aspx

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Difference between Basic & Enterprise Search Centers

Enterprise Search Centers provide following advantages over Basic:

1. It allows searching over external contents & web applications.

2. Video search is supported

3. Enterprise Search Center provides Navigation Verticals.

4. Recommendations feature

5. Query Rules – Advanced Actions

Following is the Navigation Vertical. Each link will take to another result page.

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Enterprise Search Center is available only in SharePoint Enterprise edition.

Result Pages

One may get confused with the result pages. I would like to give an overview of the same.

By default you can search in the home page search box & you will get the following result page:

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http://server/_layouts/15/osssearchresults.aspx

In the case of Basic Search Center > the result page was:

http://server/bsearch/results.aspx

In the case of Basic Search Center > the result page was:

http://server/esearch/results.aspx

Please note the difference in the result page name for first URL.

References

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/jj898538.aspx

Summary

In this article we have explored about Search Centers in SharePoint 2013.

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