UPDATED: This extension is now compatible with Magento Community Edition versions 1.5.x.x, 1.6.x.x and 1.7.x.x
The FREE Catalog Search Refinement Magento Extension by Activo is a very simple extension that makes default Magento search results more meaningful and relevant. It allows your users to refine their search when they use multiple search terms.
By default, when user enters multiple keywords in the search box, Magento will search for the items containing ANY of the search keywords. This does not make much sense in real life. Say, user tries to find some red shoes and enters "red shoes" as their search term. Default Magento search will find everything that contains word "red" and everything that contains word "shoes" -- i.e. all red clothes and all shoes in the store.
This extension modifies your default search behavior to show only pages that contain ALL search keywords. So in the example above users will see only pages that have both "red" and "shoes" in the product title or description, which is much more meaningful.
Advanced Search Magento Extension
Our Advanced Search Magento Extension now offers a lot of advanced features, with improved autocomplete, better search suggest, smart search results with word similarity based on phonetic distance as well as the automatic search results refinement.
Catalog Search Refinement (FREE) extension uses Magento Connect Manager interface. ATTENTION! If you had previous versions of this extensions installed, you need to uninstall them manually before installing via Magento Connect Manager.
Installation process is very simple. Just follow these steps:
- Once you purchased the extension, download the installation package by logging into your account and going to My Downloadable Products section.
- After you downloaded the installation package, log in to your store admin interface and go to System / Magento Connect / Magento Connect Manager.
- At the "Direct package file upload" section click on "Choose file" button, select the package file you just downloaded and click "upload".
- After upload is done, go back to the admin panel by clicking "Return to Admin" link at the top right.
- Go to System / Cache Management and refresh the Configuration cache.
Please read this first if you are using Apple Safari to download the installation package. By default Safari tries to open the "safe" file extensions, this includes the .tgz packages. Therefore it will uncompress the package upon download and will make it unfit for Magento Connect. To prevent this behavior in the menu bar, go Safari -> Preferences. In the "General" tab, uncheck "Open 'safe' files after downloading". This will stop Safari from automatically unzipping the files. Read more on Stack Exchange here.
Please see more detailed installation instructions and a screencast here:
Installing Magento Extensions Using Connect Manager
Please note that there is no configuration options for this extension. Once installed, it just changes the Magento search behavior behind the scenes. For multiple keywords it will show only products that match ALL of the keywords, instead of matching ANY of the keywords, which is Magento's default behavior.
Magento Editions Compatibility
Community Edition: 1.5 and above (now includes Magento 1.7+ CE branch compatibility as well)
Enterprise Edition: 1.8 and above
This extension is released under the Open Software License v. 3.0 (OSL-3.0). Please read the full license agreement here: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/OSL-3.0.
Community Support Forum
Have any questions about this extension? Need help with installation and/or configuration? Have some good tips and tricks about using it? Please visit the support forum for the Catalog Search Refinement extension here.
Also check our page at Magento Connect. You can install the FREE Catalog Search Refinement Magento extension directly from there. There are also more comments and reviews available. See http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/catalog-search-refinement.html.