Combine the Advanced Filter Bar with Standard Filter Bar
It would be great if the advanced filter bar completely replaced the standard bar once installed. This was we can maintain the functionality of both, but only have a single filter/search bar on the screen. Right now it is a bit confusing to have two separate filters. I have noticed several complains on the forums and on the feature request page stating that viewers are becoming confused by the filter options and unable to find their desired events. Although many solutions have been proposed, I think merging the two bars would mitigate a majority of the concerns and reduce space consumption.
Alternatively, it may be ideal to move all standard filter option except Search to the advanced filter bar and leave the search bar separate. That was themers and developers can integrate it into their design a bit more.
I would recommend looking at TicketMaster as an example. You will see their advanced filter on the left with all possible filter options and their search box at the very top right. See below:
I think this is your best option if you want to be a best-in-class solution.
Thank you Thomas for making this a separate feature recommendation and sharing your awesome insights.
I have forwarded these. We would love to see votes on this :-)
Thomas Davis commented
Thanks for the feedback Hans.
Keep the votes coming!
I couldn't agree more. I know it will be an issue on my website events page.
For now, until a permanent fix is found, I going to have to try (if it's possible) to put a warning note on the page so that people don't get confused.
Yes, I see this happening with our users as well. Would love to see both bars combined.
Some other features would help enhance the Filter Bar as well:
- Highlighting the search term in the results, if a search term is entered in the standard search bar
- A warning message that, when not ALL results are showing, states that X out of X events are showing. Maybe the standard Search Bar could be given a different color, or something, to point out that something has been searched and therefore the results below are filtered already, before even using the Filter Bar itself
See https://theeventscalendar.com/support/forums/topic/reset-filters-feature-somewhat-counterintuitive-when-using-search-field/#post-1187607 as well for some more insights on how the Filter Bar could be improved in relation to how userfriendly its perceived