If you need a connector and you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, where on the Internet do you go first? You go to some sort of search engine, whether it be Google, Octopart, Digikey, or an on-site search like the one on Samtec.com. We’ve been working on several upgrades to our search experience in the last year.
The first was to create an on-site part number search by partnering with Octopart. After that, we released a few incremental updates to improve its performance and mobile compatibility.
With this update, we’re bringing you a few more nice user experience (UX) upgrades.
A Much Wider Layout
First, you’ll notice a much wider layout. The previous layout only used about 60% of the available screen space on most widescreen monitors. The new layout takes advantage of modern display resolutions and uses about 90% of the available horizontal space. This makes room for the part information such as the part number, description, pricing, and a few more upgrades as well.
Easier Distributor Stock Feature
We also simplified the “Distributor Stock” piece of the user experience. We aggregate Distributor Stock of available parts into a link that users can click on to see more details. Previous to this update, this link took users to a new page, loaded that entire page, then showed the information. Now, this information pops up instantly in a modal window on top of the search screen, allowing much faster access to the desired information, and not distracting from the search.
From there, users can choose to explore those part numbers further at those distributors.
Larger Call-to-Action Buttons
Lastly, we nearly doubled the size of the call-to-action buttons on the right side of the search screen. These buttons will help users find CAD models, order Free Samples, Add to Cart, and move items to their Saved Project Lists directly from the search.
All of these updates make the search much more user-friendly. Look for more updates to the search coming later this year and into next year as we continue to improve this important area of our website.
Coming Soon to Samtec.com
That does it for the major web updates this month.
Here is what we’re currently working on, and a few other updates that are coming soon!
- Continued upgrades to our e-commerce experience throughout the website
- Updated capabilities to manage profiles online
- Upgraded checkout features
- An updated way to find Optical products
- An updated way to manage orders online
- A design upgrade to our Mated Set view
- A new experience with our online compliance tools
- And more!
Keep an eye out for these updates and more coming soon.
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