Your website search feature might be the best on the planet. But most users only use search as a last resort on most websites. Instead, they scan and click on the navigational link that’s closest to whatever task they are trying to perform. This is why it is important to have a well-designed site architecture and to use menu text that is familiar and obvious. Building a solid page hierarchy should come before the layout phase.
Navigation is more important than search by Giraffe Forum