Try our new website search – Livewire

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We are thrilled to announce that a brand new website search experience is now available on Ultiworld. If you were paying close attention, you might have noticed that we quietly launched it a few days ago to make sure everything was working.

As we added more and more types of content to Ultiworld, it became more difficult to navigate the site. We had been told by many readers and staff that the previous site’s search platform was becoming increasingly inadequate.

Research is a hard thing to do right, and as we’ve learned, one-size-fits-all solutions won’t get you that far. Ultimately, a good search experience should be tailored to the specific content it surfaces and the use cases it relies on.

Our new search platform introduces some long-requested enhancements reflecting our new breadth of coverage:

  • Search across all major content types (articles, livewires, features, events, and teams)
  • Filtering with several refinements (by type, category, tag and/or division)
  • Two different views of results
  • Search from a pop-up window instead of a separate page
  • Much faster and more relevant results

The new platform also enables a number of other great search features, but we want to get a feel for how people are using it before we add even more.

You may also have noticed other quality of life improvements while browsing our website over the past few months:

  • Hierarchical links in the sidebar of our division pages
  • Archived links to each week of our Power Rankings
  • Automatic linking of many team names in articles
  • Links to related events and teams near a post’s tag list

All of these search and navigation improvements lay the groundwork for some significant website changes we have planned for this summer. Stay tuned!

If you notice any bugs with the new site search or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]

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