What is it?
A User Search allows for a front-end search through the directory by using a set of attributes defined by an Administrator. Note: If you set the User Search as a default, it will replace your simple, narrow, and advanced searches on the front end only (not on the back-end/admin side). User Search pages can also be added as a menu item or within article content, fully integrating the feature within your front-end website.
By allowing administrators to define which attributes are included in the search criteria, the User Search provides a simple, but customizable, experience for your users.
How to Access
Navigate to Database > User Search Pages Note: The User Search setup is currently available to ASAs only.
Configuring the User Search
Click on the "Create New Search Page" button
Set your Search Page Name.
To insert a Zip Code Search, choose the zip code attribute you would like to include from the dropdown, then click Enable. The zip code search can be used as a business directory - it will allow users to search within a certain radius of their current zip code. The proximity searches are based from the center of each zipcode. At this time, the radius search includes preset values of 10, 25, 50, and 100 miles. Note: Only one zip code can be searchable at a time. The zip code search only works with US zip codes.
Next, select an attribute you would like to include in the search from the dropdown - doing so will automatically add the attribute to the Page Layout box on the right.
- Add a Separator: Choosing this option will add a separator, or blank line, between fields on the search.
- Add a Section Title: Choosing this option will create a new section on the search page that you can name. Sections can be used to break up the search page and make it more user friendly.
Next, click on “Enable Advanced Filters”.
To filter search results by Group, click on "Enable Group Filter."
This modal window will allow you to select which groups will actually be included in the search.
For example, if you want all members to be returned as results, click “Select All”. If you only wanted results to be returned from your “Professional Member” group, select only that group. Note: This does not apply to permissions for using the search - it only controls which groups are included in the search results.
Lastly, choose your Filters by clicking "Enable Attribute Filter. "
Filters are set so that you can limit the search results to selections within one attribute. Select the attribute you want to filter by from the drop down, then check the selections you want to filter by from the list.
For example, if you only wanted members who opted in to the Member Directory to be included in the results, you would select Directory Opt-In as your filter, then check Yes.
Once you have your search configured, ensure that you have ordered your attributes correctly, clicking and dragging each attribute, separator, section, or zip code. To move an item, click and hold, wait for the yellow dashed line to appear, and drop the item to its new place in the list.
You can also use the Edit and Delete icons next to each item included in the search to rename or remove them from the Page Layout area.
Using the User Search
To set the User Search to default, navigate to Database > User Search Pages. Click on Set As Default. Note: If you set the User Search as a default, it will replace your simple, narrow, and advanced searches on the front end only (not on the back-end/admin side).
To make the search available to users, either:
1) Create a new menu item, and select the new User Search Page. Here is an article on creating a new menu item.
2) Drop the new User Search into an article. Here is an article on creating a new article.
Click on the User Search Page icon from the bottom row of editor icons.
Then select the User Search you want to insert from the dropdown and click "Insert Search."
User Search Page - Member View
Here is a look at the User Search from the front-end, or member side.
Click on the blue question marks throughout the User Search area to learn more about creating a new User Search Page.