We’ve made quite a few improvements and fixes to the GOV.UK search engine this year, even though our main focus has been on improving navigation and how content is organised.
We’ve set up a trending searches dashboard to show search terms that people are looking for more than usual in GOV.UK site search. This can help you to spot emerging or rising user needs and react quickly to make sure …
As we transition more organisations and their related content onto GOV.UK we increase the likelihood of returning lower quality results to our users. This blog post outlines one approach we are looking at called scoped search, or automatic filtering, to …
The information in this blogpost may now be out of date. See the current GOV.UK content and publishing guidance. We’re often asked, ‘how does search work?’ Site search is quite a big topic, but what people usually want to know …
We’re hearing some concerns about how moving to GOV.UK will affect your visibility in search engines. In fact, we think many organisations are likely to benefit from the strength of the single government domain. GOV.UK’s status as a large, authoritative …
A few weeks ago, GOV.UK had more than 2 million visits in one day for the first time, on Monday 30 September. It wasn’t long before we reached another milestone, with more than 10 million visits in one week from …
GOV.UK celebrates its first birthday on Thursday. We'll be writing about some of the most interesting data we've seen this year in the run-up. 1 in 5 visits to GOV.UK are made on a mobile phone - that’s a third …
Like a lot of teams working in government departments, we send round regular update emails to a large group. Often, we don't hear anything back. Is this because people aren't interested, or because we're giving them all the information they …
Last week, Peter Jordan looked at how the warm weather and other external events affected traffic to GOV.UK. With temperatures getting hotter and hotter, what was the effect on our heat-related content?
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Standards and guidelines
- Five lessons from how we approached scoping a whole user journey 4 May 2021
- Scoping the “starting and sustaining a business” whole user journey 28 April 2021
- We’re hiring more technologists for GOV.UK 9 April 2021
- 4 tips when applying for a job at GOV.UK 31 March 2021
- Reflections on the GOV.UK accounts trial so far 16 March 2021