I am creating a business directory website when everyone comme and add his business to the website to allow people to find him later. A business has many fields (categories, products, services, name, adresse, pictures, comments...) I am wondering which field i must use for the search ? I tried to understund how yelp has deal with this problem but i couldn't understund which field is used in Yelp website !

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    Search in sites such as Yelp are far more advanced than just searching against one individual field. They'll use meta data, descriptions, fields, weightings... If you're looking to build a search for such a big site then you'll need to do a lot of research into searching and filtering, more so than just one question in one Q&A site. – JonW Nov 17 '13 at 11:53
  • @JonW: maybe you should make that an answer – oefe Nov 17 '13 at 12:37

I am assuming you are talking about the main "headline" search rather than a detailed or advanced search and, if so, I would not restrict myself to one field - look at the type of thing done by sites like Yell.com for example

They allow you to enter a business type or company name in one field and then a location in the second field - so for example, show me a carpenter in London or a company called ABC Construction in Manchester

Both scenarios are dealt with by the same form meaning the customer does not need to decide or click any additional buttons - they just enter what they want and the logic looks after it in the background.

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