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Universal vs. Vertical Search

Before diving into building an experience, it’s important to understand the difference between Vertical and Universal Search.

Universal Search is a search page that combines results from multiple different backends (vertical) together. For example, a Universal Search page might combine locations, events, people and FAQ into one search experince.

A Universal Search page should use the UniversalResults components for displaying results. Generally, universal search is labeled with the All tab in the navigation.

Vertical Search is a search page that only shows results from a single backend (vertical). For example, a Vertical Search page might show a list of locations, or a list of events.

A Vertical Search page should use the VerticalResults components for displaying results. Additionally, the SearchBar component must have the verticalKey property set.