9 Mar

New search experience improvements

We made a few subtle changes to the SERP today and wanted to take the time to point them out.

Screenshot of the latest DuckDuckGo search page

First, we moved the region toggle up next to the search box to make it more visible and faster to get to when you're performing a search. It also gives us flexibility to add more filter options near the region toggle in the future.

Second, we moved the "Send Feedback" button higher on the right side of the page. We're always considering ways to improve the search engine, and your feedback is an important part of that. When you find really good or really bad search results, click the button and let us know!

Finally, we updated the design of our non-JS site at duckduckgo.com/html to bring it closer into line with the look and feel of the main site.

We also released quite a few behind-the-scenes changes that we hope will lead to an improved search experience over time. If you notice any odd behavior, or have any feedback on any of the changes, please let us know in the comments.


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I've used the non-JS search page since the big redesign two years ago because I found the contrast on the redesigned site to be awful. I understand that the redesigned site allows for the contrast to be restored to sane levels through the settings page. However, I preferred to use the non-JS page because it was simpler to use a vanilla page that didn't require customization any time I used a different computer or phone.

The problem with making the non-JS page "closer to the look and feel" of the JS-enabled page is that there is now no way for the user to customize the contrast on the non-JS page. I think that the accessibility of the page is much more important than the satisfaction of your design team's whim for interface monoculture.
I would very much like it if the old interface were restored in some form. Perhaps it could be moved to duckduckgo.com/contrast ?

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Although I had no issue with the old controls, I don't mind the new position for the choose region button next to the search box.

But why, oh why, hide the toggle in the pop-up?

As a severe RSI sufferer I don't like that you have doubled the number of clicks to swap between global and my prefered region.

Please, please, please bring back the toggle on the main page. Maybe you could place it next to the choose region button.

Thank you.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Thank you for the comment. We just released a change that shows the modal and toggle on hover to help avoid the extra click. We're going to continue to explore other ways of improving the UX if you have any other suggestions or feedback please let us know!

posted by brians Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Thanks for the change, very pleased with the nice quick turn around :-). This is better, though I would still prefer to have the toggle in plain sight.

I will certainly provide feedback, as an ex-interface designer these things tend to jump out at me.

As a general rule I'm not in favour of hiding things things away where the user can't see them. It increases the cognitive load and makes the app harder to use. I have noticed an increasing trend for this, especially web apps. Aesthetically putting everything in hovers and pop-ups makes the main page page look nice and clean, but the user has to work harder to find stuff. Also they tend to only work with a mouse, not keyboard input. a nightmare for anyone with disabilities

Wherever possible give the user the choice. Everybody uses computers differently and for different things so one size doesn't fit all :-)

Anyway, thanks again for implementing this change so quickly.


posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

PS: any chance of getting keyboard shortcut for the toggle? Thx.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Changing region on results page does not work: I'm on UK, click on the flag, type "fr", click on France.

It automatically switch back to UK.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

It works after deleting cookies

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Strange. We didn't make any changes to the way the settings work, only the UI. There may be another issue there. Are you using CloudSave?

posted by brians Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Yes, I am.

If I can help in any other ways, let me know :)

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

The changes are good, but I still want the shorthand r:cc to work again. It's easier to me to just add r:cc in the search query, so bad it has been broken.

posted by An_dz • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

We just released a fix for this and the region query syntax should eb working again. I don't see "cc" as a region code we support though. Which region were you trying to search with?

posted by brians Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Thanks a lot.

cc is just an acronym I used for Country Code. I use different regions like de, it and br. All are working.

Maybe for a future update the Instant Answers can also follow the region instead of the interface language.

posted by An_dz • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Thanks for finding this regression! We have a PR out to fix this ASAP. It will go out today, and we'll report back when it's in production.

posted by caine Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Thanks for that. I've reported it to the developers.

posted by tagawa Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

What I really wanted was a link somewhere in the images tab to see all/more images… Same for videos. I always end up going to Google Images instead.

posted by Wonderwarthog • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

On the top\right of the images, if you see this: [https://i.snag.gy/qGU4G.jpg] you just need to clip on the right-most icon (the squares) and - if you have Auto-Load enabled in settings (default), you will have all images displayed.

posted by x.15a2 community_leader • 2 years and 10 months ago Link

Oh yes indeed it is a pity . A link to see more would be welcome

posted by Prezmaker • 2 years and 10 months ago Link