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The Re-launch of Calvin.Edu

Improving our findability

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In Calvin’s recent audience research study with Dotmarketing, we learned the most important factor for all visitors is that information be easy to find:

Slide 13: Which of the following factors is most important on the Calvin College Web site?

With this in mind, we’re updating Calvin’s search box located in the upper right-hand corner of our Web site. The visual change is minor, yet four Calvin search tools will be within easy reach across our Web site:

A small, triangular icon toggles a list of helpful tools

A live demonstration of this change is available at (a small, triangular icon toggles a list of helpful tools).

Stay tuned as more improvements are on their way as we strive to better serve our visitor’s goals and tasks.

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4 comments on "Improving our findability"
  • I don’t think the magnifying glass button adds much.  Most people I know type their search-phrase and then press enter, rather than waste the time returning to the mouse to click a button.  The magnifying glass was the first thing I clicked on, scanning left-to-right, so all it did was take me to the search page.  I would replace it with the triangle-button that triggers the drop-down menu.

    Posted by Joel Adams on 03/11 at 10:01 AM
  • Should you add the arrow and search options to the Search Results page to make it easier to do a new search from there? It would seem to be more consistent design.

    Posted by Randy Nieuwsma on 03/11 at 09:10 AM
  • I think I have seen search boxes with a pull-down menu box immediately below it set with “all” as a default, and other selectable options, like “A-Z Index”, “maps”, etc.
    Would that be a better option here than just an arrow?

    Posted by Rich Huisman on 03/11 at 08:24 AM
  • I don’t think the little arrow in the upper left is obvious enough for people to find and then to know to use it for the search purpose.

    Maybe the arrow could be next to the word ‘Search’

    Posted by Dave Brummel on 03/11 at 08:05 AM