There are eCommerce stores which sell a wide variety of products like food, personal care, electronics, and so on. On those stores, visitors want to be able to search by a specific category. This can be achieved by adding a new feature: search by department or category. In this quick tutorial I will explain the base concept of how to do it using Solr search engine as an example. Read more
One of most important parts of every store is its Search functionality. Implementing a more advanced search solution can have positive and big impact on search function, which leads to significant increase in conversion rate. After all, visitors trust in search results. If your store’s search experience is good, users will use it more than browsing by clicking through categories.
With artificial intelligence and self learning processes, search engines became even more powerful and provide us with features that were not possible before.
Klevu is one of those search engines – it is fast (really fast), it provides high level of customisation and most important – it learns from your customers and self-improves which results in more accurate search results and increase in revenue. Read more
Magento’s default catalog search can be a powerful tool. It’s versatility is something every customer can appreciate.
One of the coolest features of the built-in advanced search is the ability to search by attributes assigned to a product. But what if your client’s plans for search are a bit different, and advanced search is too cluttered for his or her needs?
Let’s say your client wants his customers to be able to search by brand or SKU, with all other fields removed from the search, and wishes for custom URL for each one of those search types. Read more
Did you ever need to create grid in Magento administration that is filterable by more column’s values, i.e. something from multiselect drop-down. Or perhaps more specific, you want to export all pending orders (order status: pending, pending_payment, pending_paypal) but you aren’t satisfied with Magento implementation of selecting, searching and exporting one by one pending order status. If you’re interested how I implemented similar behavior with input text field, simulating MySQL “IN” and “NOT IN” statement, keep reading! Read more
Why Magento can’t use indexes on columns in admin grid when you are searching for some value e.g. order#?
This article will be really short but extremely useful in case if you have a Magento website that have “several” administrators. I’ve worked on project that have more than 2.000 administrators with different roles (that number constantly grows). You probably can imagine how slow things can be when lots of administrators use administration, specially when they are searching or sorting some data (order# or first_name, etc.). Read more
As most of you know that “When dealing with online stores with a lot of products, pagination on category pages can get really problematic for search engines” like Toni Anicic wrote in his article. I don’t want to repeat his words, but to show you how you can add rel=”prev” and rel=”next” link tag attributes in the head tag for pages, which will boost your SEO. This peace of code is already provided by Magento community, but this is improved version. Read more
For those of you who love Google Custom Search and would like to use it with the Magento, here is a little how to. Entire embed process is really easy. It all comes down to copy paste-ing few lines of code from Google to Magento. My idea is to create the static block in Magento CMS section and then use the custom CMS page from which I will call this statick block among other HTML content I might wish to throw into the CMS page. Read more
Google Analytics has always shown you how people search to find your site. With Site Search, you can now see how people search your site once they are already on it. This is a goldmine of information because every time visitors search, they literally tell you in their own words what they are looking for. Read more
I was playing a bit with that advanced search form in Magento, so i thought it would be nice touch to add it to left or right column of the store. Read more