Custom Search Center

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconWhen 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 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:
  1. Open the Site settings and click on 'Site collection features' in the Site Collection Administration group.
  2. Scroll down to the SharePoint Server Infrastructure Publishing feature and activate it.
Now you can create the new Search Center:
  1. Open the Site Contents.
  2. Click on 'new subsite'.
  3. Under the Enterprise tab, select the template Enterprise Search Center.
  4. 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:
  1. Click on the Navigation link under the Look and Feel group in the site settings.
  2. 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.
  1. Right click on the link to the new Search Center and Copy the shortcut.
  2. Go into Site settings and click on the Search Settings link in the Search group.
  3. Paste the URL you copied in the field 'Search Center URL' and remove the part after the last /.
  4. Uncheck the box for 'Use the same results page settings as my parent'. Click OK.

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