Natural Language Search [Classic]

This article will explain how Placester's Natural Language Search (NLS) feature works. 

Activating Natural Language Search

If you would like to use NLS instead of the drop-down search options, you'll need to take a few steps to activate Natural Language Search on your site.

IDX Integration

First, log into your website's backend then click the edit IDX button.

This will bring you to the page where you can see your IDX integrations and it is where you can choose MLS(s) you would like to use for your website.

Search Form

After you do this, you need to click on Search Form in the Site Design section of your Site Settings menu.


Choose "Omnibox with Autosuggest" for both the home page and listings page search fields.




How it works on your site

Natural Language Search is the newest search feature available on Placester sites. This provides much more flexibility to the end-user when searching for listings. This feature allows you to freely type what you are looking for into the search boxes on the home page and featured listings page, which in turn populates a search listings page with listings that fall within the criteria you searched by.

The search box also autosuggest search criteria based on what are you typing. In the example below, we're looking for a two-bedroom home in Cambridge, MA. You'll see that a price range is suggested in the drop-down box; users can click this or continue entering their own criteria to search by. You can also switch between For Sale and For Rent at the end of the white text entry bar.


Search Results Page

Clicking Search takes the site user to the listings search page. Here, you'll see all the homes that match the search criteria used. At the right of the search box on the listings search page, you can select more filters and add/remove any filters you would like.

You can also change the sort criteria and direction. These settings appear below the filters and above the listings. You can sort by Price, Total Images, Beds, Baths, and Year Built, and by ascending or descending order.


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