We’re building a new Shopify app that dramatically improves your collection filters and search.
Shopify’s native filtering options are very limited: your customers are restricted to filtering products within a collection by the tags applied to those products.
Moreoever, Shopify doesn’t allow your developers to create a filter which shows one tag OR another. In other words, I cannot browse brown sneakers and black sneakers at the same time. I can look for sneakers that are Nike brand AND black, but not Nike brand and black OR white.
Plus, Shopify’s native filtering system involves going through the effort of tagging all your products with their brand and color – even though this information is already included in your product’s Vendor field and variant options.
Transforming your collection pages
Using our new app, your customers can use advanced filtering functionality to find exactly what they need. Users can check both Nike and Adidas from the brands filters, and Grey and Black from color filter (which can be shown as a user-friendly swatch picker) – making for a highly intuitive and speedy purchase journey.
And you don’t need to repeat yourself in your product’s tags in order to setup efficient filtering. Creating a brand filter is as simple as setting up a new filter based on your products’ Vendor field using our easy-to-use filter manager.
You can create filters that are completely impossible in Shopify’s native system – such as a price range filter, or a size filter that only shows in-stock sizes.
Every site can have an unlimited number of filters that you can configure to perfectly match your customer’s browsing habits. Don’t have the time to mess around getting it setup? The app includes some smart defaults so even if you don’t touch the filter manager, your customers will have a better experience.
The app provides your customers with a lightning-fast AJAX interface, which allows them to browse and filter without page reloads. Its smart URL system ensures your site always works in the way your customers expect with regards to browser history and sharing URLs with friends.
Our system currently returns results significantly faster than Shopify’s native collections, and this is only going to improve by the time it is ready to launch.
Create as many filters as your site needs. Create multiple filters for different variant options types – sizes, colors, styles… whatever your customers need to filter by. Filter by tags, vendor, variant options, price, stock, or product type.
Not only that, but the app allows your collections to exceed Shopify’s 40-products-per-page limit with no negative impact on load speed. Your collection pages can show the perfect number of products to fit your design – 40, 15, 120, 17, anything you specify.
Automatically hide out-of-stock products
The app automatically hides out-of-stock products across your site, freeing up space on your collection pages for the products you actually want your customers looking at.
Want to show out-of-stock products? No worries, just click a checkbox to turn them back on.
Want to hide products by some other criteria? Simple – you can specify a list of tags to hide across your entire store. It’s never been easier to create one-off sale items and ‘unlisted products’.
Smarter, more effective search
Our app also augments your search pages with all the advanced filtering and browsing features above. Not only that, but searching is faster, smarter, and more accurate.
Put simply, it provides an all-in-one search solution out-of-the-box that makes dedicated search apps obsolete.
How does it work?
The app keeps an up-to-date copy (called the index) of the products and collections in your store. By leveraging some database, search, and caching technology, along with algorithms and some Eastside Co magic, it can make searching the index incredibly efficient.
Using the index, as well as a powerful infrastructure backed by Amazon, allows the app to do more, faster, than other filtering/search apps, or even Shopify itself.
When will it be available?
For the time being, the app is still in development. We’ve had a prototype running in real-world production for months, powering a well-known Shopify site with over 40,000 products – but we want to improve on this in order to make an app that’s really customizable, while providing incredible value out-of-the-box.
If you’re a Shopify store owner and you’re interested in beta testing the app, or simply want to be notified when it’s launched, you can click here to leave us your email address and a couple of details about your business.
We hope to get the app into the hands of Shopify store owners late-2016.
Who are you?
Eastside Co (previously Shopify Builder) works with Shopify brands across the globe, creating stunning Shopify stores and brilliant custom applications. We just launched a free app on the Shopify App Store, check it out!