Multiple Search Boxes

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Recently a client asked us to research whether or not putting multiple search boxes on a page (one to search the entire site and one to search just a specific section) was advisable.  Here’s what we came up with…

Site examples

The following sites use two search boxes on the page to search different areas of the site:

Alternative Search Options

These sites offer the ability to search multiple areas of the site without using more than one search box.

3rd Party Recommendations

Summary

Though there does not appear to be an established “standard”, the use of more than one search box is considered confusing to the visitor and dated design by much of the web development community.  In summary, though it is technically possible, in most cases is not Beacon’s recommendation that a secondary “site specific” search box be implemented, based upon the above research and the limited number of “modern” sites that are using this practice.