Search Defaults - Sort by, View, Stickies?

I use the Search functions extensively (for our items, works better than categories...). I have not found a way to change the Search defaults (maybe there is or a workaround...?).

The Sort by: default is set to "Top Selling" and the "View" (results per page) is assigned dynamically for every new search. The user can change these but they get reset each time.

I would like to set the default search sitewide to something else (i.e. Newest Releases) and have the "View" set to the same number for all results.

Also, it would be nice if the user selections would 'stick' (i.e. stickies) for future/next search results. I.e. If the user changes the 'Sort by:" to Newest Releases (or whatever), that result/sort-by field should stay the same for the next user search...

Would this be possible?

For the utmost flexibility (some probably like it the way it is...), these could/should be enabled as 'options'. Or perhaps user-settable - i.e. a "Set Sitewide Search-by" dropdown or "Stickies ON" button/icon...

Also, can I change (or can you add the option to change) the text of the Sort-by? I.e. change "Newest Releases" to "Latest Arrivals"?
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  • Greetings Carradine,

    While we do not provide the functionality you have requested by default, these are some great suggestions, and I will be passing them along to our developers for consideration.

    I am sorry, I don't know if/when something like this would be implemented in the Search Results Widget we provide by default, but rest assured I will be making that suggestion.

    With that said, we do offer you the ability to run custom Search APIs, Java Script and HTML on your site. You could leverage those tools to build this functionality yourself if you have the skills. Otherwise, you could also hire one of our 3rd party solution providers to have this built for you if you don't have the skills. Feel free to contact our normal support teams if you have any questions about using those tools. While we won't be able to help you build this custom search, we can point you in the direction of a 3rd party company, or suggest reviewing help pages if needed.

    Feel free to review our help pages on the custom Search APIs, Java Script and HTML tools, and if you have any additional question please open up a case with our support team so we can discuss specifics as needed.

    Regards,
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  • Ok, Thanks.

    I'm mostly an 'integrator' (and 'idea person') with some programming experience (a 'necessary evil' for me, lol), so I'll just have to wait for you (to implement this).

    Glad you liked the ideas - there'll probably be more...
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  • Hi Carradine,

    You can change the 'Sort by' text to say whatever you like by using the replacement text widget in merchandizing and layout. It will ask for the class that the text resides within, the string to replace, and the replacement text.

    Hope this helps!
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  • I’m frustrated
    Could Amazon just please allow us to modify the search settings? I have tried doing replacement text, Javascript, HTML widgets. I cannot get my pages to sort on the product name. This is crucial to our business.
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  • TWO GUYS COMICS- I think sorting by name should be an option in the drop-down as well.

    Carradine- One thing I've done is use "manage url redirects" so when a user lands on a category page I can show all the items in the product list as opposed to the first 12. You can also redirect it to automatically start the page on newest releases rather than top selling. I know this isn't a complete solution and only works in applicable situations but wasn't sure if you could use the suggestion or not.
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  • RJL (Official Employee) May 25, 2013 04:19
    Hello to all,

    We have recently launched new advanced sorting options that allows you to change the default sort rules and customize the sorting options on your site.

    This new feature can be found on the Store Design tab in Seller Central. From here go to the Search and Browse settings to configure your sort options.

    Best,
    Rebecca
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  • I'm still at a lost...
    I too am trying to change the number of items in the page view. As my search is set to 5 items across, a search query of 12 ends up with 2 rows of 5 and one row of 2 --- appearing as if there are no other items in the search results.

    Search Text: This is not working. I assume it is because code needs to be changed not a text display.

    Manage URL: I am getting an error that the URL is too long when trying to replace with the send option (36 results). Perhaps a tiny url??

    CSS Code: I found the code for changeSearchSizeForm and it seems quite straightforward to change the values. I cannot, however seem to figure out which of the many CSS documents houses this information.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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