UI & UX Patterns
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A common pattern in search is to implement a search box with an autocomplete as a first step of the search experience.
Multi indices search
It might happen that you want to search across multiple indices at the same time to create federated searches experiences.
In order to help users with their search, Algolia provides a feature called query suggestions. This feature creates an index with the best queries done by the users. You can then use this index to propose suggestions to your users as they are typing into the searchBox. The great thing with this feature is that once you’ve configured the generation of the index, it’s just about querying another index and you can easily use multi-index search to for that.
The infinite list is a very common pattern to display a list of results. Most of the times this pattern comes with two variants:
with a button to click on at the end of the list of results with a listener on the scroll event that is called when the list of results reaches the end
We will see how we can leverage the geo search capabilities of Algolia with the geoSearch widget.
When browsing through items, it’s always good to give the user the option to sort his results by a certain attribute such as price.
Filtering on Mobile
Providing filtering options is omnipresent in advanced search experiences. The issue at hand is mobile screen real estate since it is hard to include both filters and search results in the same view without the screen getting cluttered. Good filtering UX always show some sort of feedback when the user applies a filter.