On 08/19/2012 10:18 AM, Mike Kolesnik wrote:
I think putting the "search box" in the bottom of the page
makes it harder to find & notice.
Usually search is amongst the topmost and/or central elements in the site, as it makes it
much easier for people to navigate across the site & locate the information they want.
I made a deliberate decision to downplay the importance of search on the
mockup for the front page for these reasons:
• Someone should be able to easily find the correct content without
having to resort to search.
• Right now, the form only searches WordPress, which is not very useful.
Searching the contents of the is a great thing, however.
Solutions for improving search:
1) Combined WordPress + MediaWiki search results. (If it's not easily
possible , we could consider _only_ searching MediaWiki, perhaps.)
2) Highlight search in the documentation area. Basically, when someone
clicks on documentation, it has the most common and useful documentation
grouped on the page, and above that, a big search entry (which is
prefocused, so one could simply type and hit enter, when visiting
 There are several plugins for integrating the two, but they all seem
to focus on embedding, adding comments, or using a single sign-in (which
could still be useful for us).
I'm currently working on a designs for the sections, and will be
including a large search at the top of the documentation page to make
sure searching is more prominent. Hopefully this will address your concern.
Thanks for your feedback!