One of Empire's distinguishing features is its robust enterprise-level site search. It features a live search (meaning it will suggest popular searches as users type), with options to include products, articles, and pages in the results. It also includes an optional "quick links" menu, which can immediately direct customers to select products and content.
Under the Search heading in the Header settings, you'll find a few checkboxes. These allow you to:
- Enable live search. When enabled, this allows users to see suggested products based on what they have already typed in the search box. For example, if your store sells pottery and a user enters "ceramic," they might be presented with options like "ceramic mug," and "ceramic vase" and "ceramic cream and sugar set." This is a great way of guiding a visitor to results, rather than having them type searches that are slightly off and don't return the results they're looking for.
- Show product images in live search results. When enabled, this will display icon-sized versions of images for products that come up in live search results.
- Show blog posts and pages in live search results. When enabled, this will include results from blog posts and pages in live search results. These results will display in a separate "Pages & Posts" column on the right side of your live search results.
You can also opt to display Quick links below the search box the first time it is opened (i.e. before a user starts typing). Simply select the menu whose links you want to display from the Quick links dropdown, and you'll see them displayed like so: