Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You've Got The Power

What's the next best thing since sliced bread? Airplanes you say, Velcro, Lipstick…..Nope. The "Power Search" feature on The Hardware Hut . This is one of my favorite tools on our site, and I think it's under utilized.

I'm going to give you a brief tutorial on how it works, because it really is pretty cool. We have the Power Search on most of our categories, especially the ones that have a lot of options but for the sake of example I'm going to focus on the search for cabinet knobs and pulls.

In the knobs and pulls category your search options are: Color/Finish, Manufacturer, Material, Hole Spacing, Diameter, Overall Length, Style, Type, and Collection. You don't typically want to use every search field because you could eliminate too much and get zero results. I tend to use the Color, Hole Spacing, and Type the most.

Basically, the power search is what I like to call a "process of elimination" search. If you're looking for a Satin Nickel Pull on you'd have to sort through 636 pulls. But, (here's the cool part) if you know that you have an odd size like 2 1/2in. hole spacing, you can use the Power Search and eliminate everything but those. You would choose Color/Finish, Hole Spacing, and Type in the search criteria. Ta Dah! You now have 12 options to choose from.

If you aren't sure what size you want to go with but know that you are only interested in oil rubbed bronze items you can use the Power Search to eliminate everything but oil rubbed bronze. You just have to choose the Color/Finish and leave everything else blank. Now you have 903 knobs and pulls to look through instead of all 14,000.

Here's a screen shot of the power search page for cabinet knobs and pulls on our site, so you get an idea of what you're looking at.
Power Search Screen

So now that you've got the power….go ahead and use it! Search away, have fun…there's a lot of stuff you could be missing out on.

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