you subscribe to an Office 365 package where SharePoint is included, some
SharePoint sites are already created. One of them is the Search Center site
collection, and when you create new site collections these are automatically
connected to the same Search Center. When you search by the search vertical
Everything, you will be directed to the Search Center.
You can also create new Search Centers, either directly in the SharePoint
admin center or from a site collection.
In the demos below Peter Kalmstrom, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com
Business Solutions, explains how to create a new Search Center for a site
collection and how to make it replace the default Search Center in searches
within that site collection.
Create a Seach Center subsite in a SharePoint site collection
Before you can create a new Search Center you have to enable Publishing for
the site collection:
Open the Site settings and click on 'Site collection features' in the
Site Collection Administration group.
Scroll down to the SharePoint Server Infrastructure Publishing feature
and activate it.
Now you can create the new Search Center:
Open the Site Contents.
Click on 'new subsite'.
Under the Enterprise tab, select the template Enterprise Search Center.
Define the other settings for the new site and click OK.
To see the new Seach Center in the top navigation/global navigation, you have
to show subsites in the navigation:
Click on the Navigation link under the Look and Feel group in the site
Check the box for 'Show subsites'. Click OK.
Replace the default Seach Center with your own
Peter replaces the default Search Center with a subsite in a site collection,
but the principle is the same if you have created a new Search Center site
collection in the SharePoint admin center and want to use it for a site collection.
Right click on the link to the new Search Center and Copy the shortcut.
Go into Site settings and click on the Search Settings link in the Search
Paste the URL you copied in the field 'Search Center URL' and remove
the part after the last /.
Uncheck the box for 'Use the same results page settings as my parent'.