Enhancements of Search Navigation between Site Collections
A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström
previous article Peter Kalmstrom, CEO and Systems Designer
of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, showed how to let users
navigate between site collections with a SharePoint Search
vertical, instead of linking. This navigation method is
easy to scale, and users know how to search.
In the demos below Peter expands the earlier tutorial by
suggesting a few enhancements to the Search Center.
Refinement web part
Search Center has no Quick Launch to the left. Instead there
is a Refinement web part that allows users to filter search
results by certain criteria. Among the most commonly used
refiners are Author, Modified and Object Type.
The image to the left shows the default refiners, but if
you want to search for site collections neither SharePoint
Site nor Web page is interesting to filter by. The search
results will always show SharePoint sites and never web
In the first demo below Peter shows how to change the refiners.
Click on the Settings gear and select Edit page.
Edit the Refinement web part.
Click on the 'Choose Refiner' button.
Add and/or Remove refiners in the dialog.
You can also change their order. Click OK
Click Apply and then Publish the page.
Peter has already given direct links to the most important
site collections in the Search Results web part, but if
you want them to look more appealing you can use promoted
link tiles or a hotspot image. In the first demo below Peter
shows quickly how to create promoted links, but two earlier
demos show the process in more detail:
When the Sites vertical is selected the most important site
collections are shown in the Search Results web part. In
the first demo below Peter shows how to sort them, which
he chooses to do by created date. He also explains why some
site collections might not show up and shows what to do
to display them.
Click on the settings gear on top right and select
Edit the Search Results web part and click on the
Change query button.
Under the Sorting tab, select the managed property
you want to sort by. Peter selects 'Created'.
Test the query under the Basics tab.
Under the Settings tab Peter selects the radio button
'Don't remove duplicates' as it also removes similar
site collections. Click OK
Apply the changes and Publish the page.
In the last demo about enhancement of a Search navigation
Peter shows how to create a hotspot image that links to
For more information about hotspot images, refer to these