2013 July

Search Query Widgets

The Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) that handles on-site search results for wfu.edu also provides analytics on search queries.

We’ve created GCSE-powered widgets that display the top search queries for the day, week, month and year. You can see the widgets on web.wfu.edu.

The results are very consistent over time, but there can be surprises, especially on the daily and weekly widgets. We’ve begun monitoring these terms as way to gauge the pulse of users and to help inform development of preferred search results, navigation design and the overall information architecture of wfu.edu.