As you begin to start dedicating a lot of your time to PoE, you begin to learn the importance of trading. PoE.xyz.is is an incredibly important resource for this as you can organise quick and simple purchases or sales in a matter of seconds and don’t need to dedicate time to advertising your items constantly, and can avoid in-game public trade chats altogether. But there’s always things that can be done to make it faster.
As some of you may know, you can customise the Chrome Omnibox to personalise keywords for searching websites without actually having to visit it first. For example, you could search the PoE subreddit for a post about currency by simply typing “rpoe currency” in to the Omnibox, or whatever acronym you wanted. This becomes slightly less simple with PoE.xyz because their search forms are unusual. When you typically search a website, you’ll see your keywords in the URL. We need the location of that keyword to properly use the search engine shortcut, else it has no way of knowing what you’re searching for. xyz’s search forms seem to have absolutely no relevance to your query.
I’m not sure why it redirects to this, but it confuses the Omnibox and gives it the incorrect default search form, causing the shortcut method to work incorrectly.
So, lets fix it. First of all, right click your Omnibox and select “Edit search engines…”
There’ll be two sections, one listed “Default search settings” and the second “Other search engines”. Scroll down through the second section until you reach PoE.xyz. It’s listed alphabetically by the left-most column. Alternatively, hold Control and press F to bring up the page search and simply type “poe” without quotations, and you’ll be brought straight to it.
The left column is the name of the search engine, the centre column is your desired shortcut for using in the Omnibox, so in this case, you could use something like poe or xyz. Completely your choice. The right column is the search form you’ll be submitting your request to. By default, it’s listed as “http://poe.xyz.is/search?league=Domination&time=%s”, which is incorrect. %s is where your keyword will be entered after submitting a query, so in this case, if you were to search for the item “The Searing Touch”, it would tell PoE.xyz to search for items listed in Domination after the dates of The Searing Touch, because it says &time= instead of &name=.
So by now, you’ve realised how to fix it, but there’s still more we can do. For example, when I use PoE.xyz, I usually just want a trade as quickly as possible, so I usually search for buyout only trades listed by online members only. Instead of having to check those boxes every time we visit the website, we can include them in to our search engine. To find buyout only users, simply add &buyout=on, and for online, &online=on.
You’ll also want to change the default league based on what league you play on, so simply change the league=Domination accordingly.
So, because I play on Nemesis, I want users who are online and listed buyouts, my full search url is going to be http://poe.xyz.is/search?league=Nemesis&buyout=on&online=on&name=%s. Simply replace the URL that was already listed before with this one, make sure you added your desired shortcut, and click done. Now you’re ready to go. I use the shortcut xyz, so I type “xyz the searing touch” in to my Omnibox, and this is the result.
Simply hit enter and it’ll redirect you to its seemingly randomly generated URL for your desired query.