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FooGallery just got better! Our latest update has something special for PRO experts and PRO commerce users. , , A new gallery search function.
The new search feature is a great addition to the larger gallery, as it allows users to easily find the images they are looking for. Instead of scrolling through hundreds (or thousands) of images, visitors can simply enter their search terms, and all relevant images are shown to them. Which means it is a great way to improve the user experience.
But do you need to add this function to every gallery, and what are the benefits of doing so? We’re going to take a closer look at when and why you should be using Gallery Search, and how it actually works. Read on to learn more about this cool new feature.
There are lots of benefits to adding a search function to your gallery. As we’ve already mentioned, user experience is a very good reason to add search, especially if you have a large gallery with lots of images. Think stock photography sites like Shutterstock or Pixabay. Without search, no one would be using these sites – it would be impossible to find the images you want to see. Using search helps users narrow down images, to find items related to what they’re looking for.
Another benefit is that it can save time for visitors. Time is of paramount importance in today’s world, and many users simply go elsewhere if they can’t find what they need quickly. A search function is a good way for users to quickly locate relevant images.
This brings us to another important point – adding search terms to your images. Gallery Search in FooGallery can look through media tags and captions for search terms, giving you plenty of opportunities to add these words. This makes it even easier for users to view your gallery. (We’ll see how it really works in just a minute.)
Another great benefit of the search function comes when you are using FooGallery PRO Commerce to sell products through your gallery. While the product gallery comes with filtering by default, adding a search bar is an easy way to help customers find more specific items. Search results will return relevant products, making it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for. And that means it’s easier for you to sell your products!
But while Search is a useful addition to a larger gallery, you probably won’t need to include it for a smaller, more compact gallery. Since FooGallery PRO Expert also includes filtering, it may be more useful for you to just include gallery filters. Of course, the search function can work with filters, so if your gallery gets too large, adding it is always an option.
Search also requires you to add search terms to your images. Although it works with media tags and captions (learn more about this below) it can take time to add all the relevant words to your images. However, it’s good practice to include descriptions, captions, and alternative text with all your images, and the search function can use just these.
The Gallery Search feature adds a small search bar to your gallery. You can see how it looks in the screenshot below.
Users can simply type their search terms into the bar, and any image with that word in a caption or tag will be returned in search results.
As you might have noticed in the above screenshot, the picture gallery also has filters. The search function in FooGallery PRO Expert can be used with or without filters. For example, you might want to create a product gallery with different product categories, and then add a search to help customers narrow down the results.
If you’re using filters as well as the search bar, the search will return results from media tags as well as captions. This is because tags are enabled through filtering, and so the gallery will search through these looking for results.
However, you might not want to include filters in your gallery, preferring instead to just use the search bar. You can do this by enabling search, and not enabling filters. In this case, however, your gallery will not have tags enabled, so only image captions will be seen when the search results are returned.
In other words, you can use gallery search with or without filters. But you have to make sure that any possible search terms are included in the right place. These words can be placed in title, description, or alternative text fields, and if you are enabling filtering, they can also be placed in a tag or category field.
It cannot be denied that using gallery search can be very useful for large galleries. This is a great way to improve the user experience and it goes a long way in making your gallery more user-friendly. While you may not need this in all of your galleries, it is worth adding a search function to larger, more comprehensive galleries.
The search function is available in FooGallery PRO Expert and Pro Commerce plans, and it’s easy to add to any gallery. You can find out more about setting up search in this article, or check out how it works here.
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