The first version of Persistent Filtered Search, released early last year, proved immensely popular with customers and we received a huge number of requests for new features. In December, we released an updated version that addressed your concerns and made it much more flexible and powerful.
Support for Multiple Departments and Categories
In the first version, filters would only show up for an item’s primary department and category. Now, where an item has been assigned to additional departments/categories, filters for it will also appear there.
Sorting in the Administration Interface
To make assigning attributes easier to manage, we have added the ability for you to sort the item listing by up to three different fields. To change the sort order, click the Options link at the top of the item listing. As seen below, the sorting options have been added to the end of the interface.
Item Counts and Progressive Disabling of Filters
Previously, when using the filters on the webstore, options would never be disabled based on availability. With this update, as you select filters in one group, filters in other groups will be automatically disabled based on your existing selection.
For instance, if you selected a Black t-shirt and that color was only available in Small, the size filters for Medium and Large would automatically be disabled.
In addition, we’ve added item counts, so you can easily see how many items will be displayed in the search results before you click on additional filters.
This enables the shopper to ‘progress’ down through the filters until they have found the exact product they want, making the search experience much more friendly and efficient.
Auto-Populated Filter Groups
With the initial release of PFS, many of you asked why you couldn’t make use of your existing attribute data in your POS, such as brands and themes, to drive the filter groups, instead of having to enter and assign new attributes on the WSM. Now you can!
As well as still supporting the standard, text-based filter groups, the WSM allows you to add filter groups driven by any one of 14 different fields. For instance, if you add an auto-populated brand filter, when you view it on your webstore it will automatically display only the available brands (along with item counts!) under each department.
Here’s an example of an auto-populated brand filter group from one of our customers’ stores:
The price-based filter is a special case: for these, you create price ranges on the WSM and webstore will take care of the rest based on the pricing data that’s already been synchronized from your point-of-sale system:
With auto-populated filter groups, setting up Persistent Filtered Search could not be easier. It can literally be done in minutes instead of hours — simply create your groups, select the data you want to display in each one, and assign which groups to display in each department.
We hope you find these improvements helpful. Should you have questions, please open a ticket on the Partner Portal and the services team will be happy be assist.
Please note: as with all newly released features, this is currently only available on the beta version of the webstore.