Rock your SharePoint Search
With 13 Easy Tune-Ups
Mikael Svenson
Principal Consultant
MVP, MCT, P-TSP
13
Unclutter the UI
Turn off advanced settings link – it’s for librarians and
archivers
Unclutter the UI
Turn off preferences link – people just want search to
work
Unclutter the UI
Do users care or know what language they are
searching in?
Unclutter the UI
Turn off refiners which doesn’t make sense to you
Unclutter the UI
More pagers, yet another visual clue
vs.
12
Display Templates and Preview
Visualize your content
PDF – not in SPO 
11
Last saved by refiner
Author is based on document metadata
10
Refine by items closer to you
“People like me” have my best interest in mind
9
Refiner and Vertical Counts
Counter cues can highlight navigation paths
8
Search as you type
With real hits, not search query suggestions, or both
7
Authoritative Web Pages
Content closer to the
most authoritative page
gets more points!
6
Duplicate trimming is evil
By default, trims too much
5
File format refiner
Fact: People don’t refine
Make it visual to increase usage
4
Optimize people search
Query language matters
3
Make your own real title
Extracted one might not be the preferred title
2
Best bets
Use them!
Style them!
1
Fresh content does matter
Summary
1. Clean up the UI
2. Custom views for custom types
3. Who is the author?
4. People like me
5. Counts
6. Search as...
Q&A
Contact Information
E-mail: mikael.svenson@puzzlepart.com
Twitter: @mikaelsvenson
Linked-in: no.linkedin.com/in/mikaels
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Rock your SharePoint Search With 13 Easy Tune-Ups

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Search is a key component in SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint 2013, and the new search page is a vast improvement over search in SharePoint 2010.

By using all the new tools available to tune search in a configuration only manner you can easily improve and customize the search experience to suit your company's needs. This session will cover 13 easy tune-ups based on the experience with SharePoint 2013 so far, which will improve on the end-user search experience.

Everyone setting up search should consider these tune-ups as standard setup for new SharePoint installations. This session will among other things cover:

* how to improve findability by ranking content
* how to improve findability by smart refiners
* improve the visual previews of your results
* search as you type functionality to quicker find relevant content.

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Rock your SharePoint Search With 13 Easy Tune-Ups

  1. 1. Rock your SharePoint Search With 13 Easy Tune-Ups Mikael Svenson Principal Consultant MVP, MCT, P-TSP
  2. 2. 13
  3. 3. Unclutter the UI Turn off advanced settings link – it’s for librarians and archivers
  4. 4. Unclutter the UI Turn off preferences link – people just want search to work
  5. 5. Unclutter the UI Do users care or know what language they are searching in?
  6. 6. Unclutter the UI Turn off refiners which doesn’t make sense to you
  7. 7. Unclutter the UI More pagers, yet another visual clue vs.
  8. 8. 12
  9. 9. Display Templates and Preview Visualize your content PDF – not in SPO 
  10. 10. 11
  11. 11. Last saved by refiner Author is based on document metadata
  12. 12. 10
  13. 13. Refine by items closer to you “People like me” have my best interest in mind
  14. 14. 9
  15. 15. Refiner and Vertical Counts Counter cues can highlight navigation paths
  16. 16. 8
  17. 17. Search as you type With real hits, not search query suggestions, or both
  18. 18. 7
  19. 19. Authoritative Web Pages Content closer to the most authoritative page gets more points!
  20. 20. 6
  21. 21. Duplicate trimming is evil By default, trims too much
  22. 22. 5
  23. 23. File format refiner Fact: People don’t refine Make it visual to increase usage
  24. 24. 4
  25. 25. Optimize people search Query language matters
  26. 26. 3
  27. 27. Make your own real title Extracted one might not be the preferred title
  28. 28. 2
  29. 29. Best bets Use them! Style them!
  30. 30. 1
  31. 31. Fresh content does matter
  32. 32. Summary 1. Clean up the UI 2. Custom views for custom types 3. Who is the author? 4. People like me 5. Counts 6. Search as you type 7. Authorative sites 8. Duplicate trimming 9. File types 10. Query language matters 11. What is the title? 12. Best bets 13. Freshness
  33. 33. Q&A
  34. 34. Contact Information E-mail: mikael.svenson@puzzlepart.com Twitter: @mikaelsvenson Linked-in: no.linkedin.com/in/mikaels Blog: techmikael.blogspot.com Code: spsearchparts.codeplex.com

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