by anthony on 09/20/10 at 4:03 pm
Many websites offer users a search bar to make it easy for to find content without browsing. This saves users time and effort. But it doesn’t do that when the search bar uses the ‘Go’ button for search. This creates a noisy, unnecessary mess that does more harm than good. There is a simple and clean way to do search that’ll make searching for content faster and easier.
By using a ‘Search’ instead of a ‘Go’ button, you remove the need for other labels. The ‘Go’ button doesn’t describe the user’s action clear enough, so it needs an extra ‘Search’ label. This clutters the search bar and makes it harder for users to process.
Also, the word “search” has more characters in it than the word “go”, which makes the button bigger and easier for users to click. Another advantage to using a ‘Search’ button is that it makes the search bar narrower. This allows you to place it in the top right corner without interfering with site content or logins.
When you include unnecessary elements in your search bar, it makes doing a search that much slower. Not only that, but having more elements decreases aesthetic appeal. It’s best to seek the simple approach that not only looks appealing, but enables users to find what they’re looking for fast.