Changes are afoot at Etsy. As we widen the site, refresh the look and feel and roll out new features, you’ll often notice things looking a little different. We wanted to give you a heads-up ahead of time before our next series of updates.
We are going to simplify Search on Etsy.
Many people find the search bar on Etsy confusing, and don’t realize that the search bar changes as you navigate to different areas of the site. A search from a category page will search items within that category, for example, but many buyers expect to search all of Etsy’s items there. Likewise, many members don’t realize that the main search bar can be used to search their Etsy Conversations from the Conversations page. And visitors commonly search for shop names without realizing that they should first change the dropdown menu to “Sellers.”
This week we’re beginning a series of updates to Etsy’s search bar designed to eliminate this kind of confusion. The end result will be a simple, powerful search field with a clearly labeled “Search” button.
Here are the steps we’re taking to get there.
First, we’re going to make the search dropdown menu impossible to miss. We want to make sure visitors understand the current setup.
To do this effectively at Etsy’s current width, we are going to temporarily remove the link for Alchemy (“Request”) from the header. Alchemy will return to the header as we widen the site. Alchemy will be added to the homepage under “Explore” in the lower left. This change is scheduled to take place today.
Next, we are going to streamline that search dropdown menu. Options to search the Etsy Blog and Forums will be removed from the dropdown menu and replaced with a secondary search bar on applicable pages. Members will be able to search the Etsy Forums from Forum pages, for example. The main search bar in the header will be reserved for searching items primarily, and it will serve the same purpose on every page of Etsy.
We will then remove the search dropdown menu entirely, and allow buyers to filter their results on the search results page. And rather than a separate area for searching for sellers, shops will be incorporated into item search results.
The long-term goal is to make search on Etsy simple, powerful and easy to use.
Etsy is a living, breathing entity and a vibrant community. We want to make these improvements with you and keep you informed as Etsy continues to grow and evolve. Feel free to get in touch with any of us with any questions or concerns, and join the discussion underway in this Forum thread.
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