CMS Fridays: The Dangers Of Faceted Search

We’ve been playing with faceted search for use with a few of our clients. It’s a great tool, and I believe it’s a replacement for the overrated and underused Advanced Search (i.e. if there are 200 users using it a month, is it really worth the return on investment?).

However, faceted search requires extra information architecture and meta data planning that most SharePoint Administrators don’t want to do, or don’t know how to do. Again, extra power, but requires extra work and planning; you also have to remember that you really need enough pages (over 5,000) to make it effective for end users.

Local SEO Guide has an awesome post on straight forward strategies about faceted search. And a question, what do you think of replacing faceted search with advanced search?

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