Products finders make your store more user-friendly
Let customers find the right products easily
Most products have just a few key characteristics, to which customers pay most attention. So it is very important in Magento to make advanced search by the key parameters as easy as possible. If you are the owner of a Magento auto parts store, you need car parts filters, so it whould be easy to choose year of production, car make and model. If you sell phone batteries, it should be easy to search them by phone manufacturer, model or capacity. This is a standard feature for stores, which sell parts and customers are used to it, so without such search filters your site will be a lot less user friendly. In addition the product finders work well both with standard Magento layered navigation and with our Improved Navigation, only the product finders work a lot faster.
Ability to apply finders only on the pages of the categories where they are displayed
Let’s say you have absolutely different types of products in different categories like tires and motor oil. It makes no sense to apply tire make and radius filter to motor oil, so when you activate this option, tire product finder will be applied only in ‘Tires’ Magento search category and motor oil finder will be applied only in ‘Motor Oil’ category.
Magento advanced search dropdown option significantly enhances the search process. Now customers don’t need to choose all product finder values from the scratch each time they want to select an additional parameter. It means that at first they can choose only one value and start looking for certain products. In case customers want to select different values in the dropdowns they can choose them right from their search results page without interrupting the whole process.
Display search results in one relevant category
In case you’ve got more than one line of products in your online store, our Magento advanced search category tool is just what you are looking for. With this tool it’s much more convenient to display search results in one particular category with the relevant products, thus helping your customers not only find what they need but to look through the list of similar or related items and purchase even more.
Selected options are saved
All options chosen by customers are saved. This way they can freely browse other pages of your store and find all their selections remaining when they get back to the page where they used product finders.
Creation and display of product findersRead full description
Add unlimited number of product finders
You can create a separate product finder for each category. This way you can appropriately setup a Magento product filter for each type of products. Let's say you have two categories - cell phone accessories and camera accessories. You can create a separate filter with cell phone makes and models and camera makes and models, so customers have appropriate selection options in each category. You can display several product finder blocks on one page.
Display product finders on the home page
The module allows to add product finder blocks to the store home page. So now you will give your customers a better shopping experience right from the start. Let’s say you sell parts for cars and parts for motorcycles. Place 2 search filters for both categories on home page. The customers will be happy to find what they need without deep examination of the whole range of products.
Apply only current finder on pages with two or more finders
In case you have more than one finder on a page, now you can easily clear all already specified conditions for other (previous) finders on this page in order not to narrow down search parameters. It means that only one finder will be applied at a time.
Create product finder filters with unlimited number of selection options
The extension enables you to create filters of year-make-model kind and this is just the start. You can create product finder filters from one to unlimited number of selection options. For example you can have simple filters which will allow to find cartridges by printer manufacturer and model or more complex ones with year, make, model and equipment level options.
Show universal products regardless of what options are chosen in a finder
For each finder you can import universal products. These products will be displayed in search results for every Magento search query. This can be very convenient when certain products, e.g. some oils or lubricants, match every selection in a product finder.
Manage universal products display in search results
Due to this option you can display more relevant search results first and and then place universal products. Therefore you'll increase customers' satisfaction by providing them with the items they really need.
Multiple options for data import and display
Advanced cache option for Enterprise edition
With this cache feature all finder search results pages will be automatically excluded from from cache.
Import values for product finder options
You can import values for selection options of product finders and link them to appropriate products, so no 'fun' of manual entry. The import works fast and is optimized for large volumes of information. Of course, you can view the imported data to check if it is accurate and up to date.
Possibility to import large size files partialy
Since now you can import large size files piece by piece, and see the import process progress. It is up to you whether to import files manually via drag and drop option or upload it via FTP. After downloading, you can check all the imported files on the Import History tab in admin panel.
Ranges for numeric values
To simplify the import of data you can specify ranges for numeric options. E.g. if you specify years 1990-2012, the extension will add the product to all years starting from 1990 till 2012. This way you will have just one line in csv file instead of 23.
Ascending and descending sorting options for dropdown values
With the advanced search dropdown for Magento you can select ascending or descending sorting for each product finder option. Text values will be sorted by alphabet, numeric values by numeric order.
Multiple associations are possible
Any number of products can be assigned to each option. For example you can have multiple products assigned to each year, make and model.
It is possible to delete and create individual records for finders
You won't have to export a new .csv file just to remove or add a few products to the finder. You can delete and add individual products with their options right on the finder page in admin panel.
Visualization and performance
Flexible finder design
You can either use templates provided with the extension or create your own templates to make the product finders look exactly as you like. Also you can display the same finder block as both vertical and horizontal in different places. For example, as vertical in one location and as horizontal in the other location.
- Automatically load drop-down menu values;
- Bookmark pages with search results;
- Redirect to the product page when there is only one position in the search results;
- Compatibility with the RWD theme;
- Optimized for large data volumes;
- Specify custom URLs to which customers are redirected after doing a search.
Try out several more extensions which help customers find the right products faster
- With Search Pro extension you will significantly increase relevance of search results. Module allows to specify search priority for attributes, to choose the search type (‘like’, ‘fulltext’ or ‘combined’) and provides you with highly-configurable autocomplete feature.
- Improved Navigation extension - a very feature-rich solution to significantly improve your site navigation and SEO.
- Product Categories module - allows to show related categories right at the product page - great for cross-promotion.
Is compatible with layered navigation
Magento search results produced by the extension can be further filtered with the help of layered navigation.
Yes, you can place the product search on the category page and it will find items by the given category only.
Yes, sure. After a search from the homepage, you can refine search filters by category, price, etc. See the complete answer to learn all the pitfalls.Read the FULL answer
Yes, with the filters of the year-make-model kind you can have more than 3 options, e.g. year/make/model/engine. As a matter of fact, the number of options is not limited.
Our Parts Finder filters products in categories by SKUs. If some product is not visible in the category used by the Finder, it won’t be shown in the results.
Yes, you can upload the same SKU for different sets of brands / model numbers. It's often used for car part finder when a detail suits different models.
Yes, a single SKU can have multiple options combinations when one SKU fits for several vehicles.
Yes, it's possible to skip steps. For example, one can choose only model and skip other options. Mind that the first option is required and cannot be skipped.
Yes, you can translate all labels in the CSV file (including car names if needed).
No, it’s not possible since the number of options is set at the beginning of finder creation, it cannot be changed after that.
When running a Magento car store you can bulk import year/make/model data. The extension is optimized for transferring larger volumes of information in a faster way. Read on to see the instructions.Read the FULL answer
This data can’t be used directly as the Parts Finder needs only products SKUs. However, the attributes may be useful if you decide to create a file to import it into the Finder.
Yes, you can add a product filter widget to any page via the amfinder.xml file. Read on to see the screenshot with the step-by-step instruction.Read the FULL answer
To let your customer use Magento product filter on the home page, you need to create a new product finder, which is to be used for the need. Go on reading to see a bit-by-bit guide.Read the FULL answer
Is it possible to search products within a particular category?
Can I filter results by category once the search is complete?
Can I have more than 3 drop-down portions?
Can this Product Parts Finder show Disabled or Not Visible Individually products?
Can I assign multiple models to a single SKU?
Can a single SKU have multiple options combinations?
Is there any possibility to skip a step while filtering products?
Can this Product Parts Finder be used with multiple languages?
Can I change the number of available options once a Finder is created?
Is there a way to bulk import year/make/model data?
My products already have years and models assigned. Can the module use this data?
Can I add a Finder to a page layout instead of a CMS block?
How to add finder to the home page?
- 100% Open Source — Easy To Customize
- Follows Magento Code Architecture
- Separated HTML/CSS/JS
- Simple installation via Composer
I had some conflicts on installation but they were rapidly removed by Ryslan.
The installation was quite fast but then I learned that I needed to change many attributes in order to have relevant filters results. I clenched my teeth and did that. And you know what? Now everything works just perfect and I don't regret for the time spent on all the configurations.
When used with Amasty Improved Navigation the filtering and category configurations are practically
Excellent product support.
Unlike other similar tools this one can search items in a particular category if you place the finder on a category page – this was exactly what we needed. With the help of support guys we quickly made all necessary changes and now customers find the parts they need much faster.
Hope to see analytics/reports option in your future updates in order to track which products are being searched more often. Thank you guys!
Although I have over 10 years e-commerce experience, I am a novice when it comes to Magento. With that said, installation was easy enough for me by just following the installation guide.
After searching far and wide for the best solution I think I have found it and for less than $100.00!
Suggestions for the next version. Check box type selector in products list for search and mass delete. Ability to import through "add a record" using range (2001-2004). Include option on finder block, that will allow customer to filter and display results from all finders. Add ability to output finder DB information to item text area attribute, or other method to allow display on items detail page, and be included within search.
1)If you have 3 dropdowns, all 3 must be filled by the customer before they can search. It would be nice to have the option to select 1 or 2 of the dropdowns to offer a broader search.
2)The price advertised is not including VAT in the UK. The price including VAT is $96. Still worth the money though, good product.
IT development manager, bendart.co.uk
Also, I am very impressed with Amasty's support. Quick, friendly and always helpful. A++