When working with Search, I often get the question how to set up the Search Center, and how to configure and customize its Search Pages. In this blog post, I am summarizing the basic configuration steps to follow.
Please note, these steps can be applied in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 on-premises as well as in Office 365 / SharePoint Online.
Setting up the Search Center
A Search Center is a site or a site collection in SharePoint, created from the Standard or Enterprise Search Center site template. Usually, I recommend to create a separate site collection, unless the explicit requirement is a sub-site somewhere in the existing site structure.
The steps are as easy as setting up any other site collections:
- In SharePoint 2013/2016, go to Central Administration / Application Management.
- In Office 365, go to Admin / SharePoint Admin Center / Site Collections.
- Then choose “Create Site Collection”
- Specify the Title and URL.
- Select the language.
- Select the template: Enterprise / Enterprise Search Center.
- Specify the site collection administrator(s) and the quota settings.
- Click OK.
Now, your new Search Center is set up and ready to be used.
Create Search Pages
By default, the Search Center contains four TABs (verticals): Everything, People, Conversations, Videos.
Each of these TABs represents a Page created in the Search Center site:
- Everything – results.aspx
- People – peopleresults.aspx
- Conversations – conversationresults.aspx
- Videos – videoresult.aspx
To edit these TABs or add new ones from existing pages, you have to edit the site’s Search Settings:
- Go to Site Settings.
- Under Search, open Search Settings.
- Scroll down to Configure Search Navigation.
Here you can add new TABs, remove them, or re-order.
If you want to add a new TAB, you have to make sure the following conditions are all true:
- The proper page does exist.
- The page is checked in.
- The page is published.
Once you create a search page, there are several things you can configure and customize there:
- Define what results are to be displayed (by Result Sources);
- Configure the Search Refiners;
- Customize the user experience by Display Templates;
- Set up Search Query Rules.
Please stay tuned, I’m going to discuss these topics in the upcoming parts of this series.