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The Layered Navigation extension provides merchants with the following key features:
The Layered Navigation extension offers two levels of filter management. The 'Configuration' parameter set sets up filters on the extension level, while the 'Manage Filter' options configure each filter individually.
On the filter level, you can configure navigation filters based on the existing product attributes. For each filter, you can set the title, format (filterable or not filterable), availability in search results, position within the navigation panel, default state, attribute sorting logic, and applicable categories. For the category filter, you can additionally set its list style: multi-select or single-select. Once enabled, each filter is added to the navigation panel on catalog pages.
On the extension level, you can configure the navigation panel parameters as a whole, including the default state of all filters, the maximum number of attribute values to display within each filter, price filter look, etc.
Enabled / Disabled Popover Modes
The provided navigation functionality can be implemented in two ways: with or without the navigation popover. In the latter case, the module updates the product results page upon each filter selection. With the popover enabled, on the other hand, customers can choose all the necessary attribute values and then refresh the resulting page at once.
Each of the above page refresh methods changes the appearance of the layered navigation bar. For example, the bar without the popover features the count of products available upon a particular attribute value selection in brackets.
If enabled, the popover shows up displaying the number of items matching the current selection. Once a user has clicked in the popover, the catalog reloads via AJAX showing the appropriate results.
In contrast with the native Magento layered navigation, our module offers you the attribute value multi-select feature. With it, customers can select several attribute values within one product attribute and, this way, considerably broaden and improve the final product selection.
In addition to the multi-select mode, we added the traditional, single-select one to the category filter. It helps customers easily navigate among sub-categories.
New Filter Options
Along with the enhanced navigation functionality, the Layered Navigation extension offers three new filters:
Note that all the newly added filter options act in a similar way directly exploiting the native Magento 2 attributes.
The Layered Navigation extension is compatible with the Magento Solr search out of the box with no manipulations required.
'Show X More' Active Link
In order to truncate extra long lists of multiple attribute values, the extension uses the 'Show X more' active link. The link shows the number of hidden filter values. With it, customers can unfold long attribute value lists with one click.
Since customers can simultaneously multiple attribute values within the same filter, disabling them one by one might become quite time-consuming. With Layered Navigation, they can cancel all the selected filter values with just one click on next to the filter name.
Price Filter Types
The extension also offers the new types of the 'Price' filter, including the price slider and from-to price input. The first one is especially useful for quick selections. With the from-to input, customers can manually specify the required price range.
Horizontal Filter Bar
If some of your catalog pages have a one-column design, opt for the horizontal navigation panel.
Start with configuring the global extension settings.
The extension configuration parameters can be found under Stores > Settings > Configuration > AHEADWORKS EXTENSIONS > Layered Navigation.
The provided settings define the extension's behavior and the additional filters:
The 'SEO' optimization settings are aimed at improving store presence in search engines and to avoid destructive SEO issues.
The available parameters are:
Now let's explore how filters can be configured separately. For this purpose, open the 'Manage Filters' grid.
The grid can be found in Catalog > Layered Navigation by Aheadworks > Manage Filters.
The 'Manage Filters' grid contains six columns, including filter names, codes, types, their general status, status in search, and position. In the grid, you can sort filters by the above attribute and perform mass actions with the selected filters. This way, you can change the filter status and status in search or synchronize the selected filters.
The 'Edit Filter' page contains the two sections: 'General Settings' and 'Categories'.
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