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Make sure your customers see only the most relevant results when they search your Magento site with the Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes Magento Extension by Activo Extensions. This powerful Magento search extension is a must have improvement over the default Magento search. Out-of-the-box Magento search provides limited configurations and often returns inaccurate results.
Fix that problem once and for all by adding Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes to your store. It is simple to setup and provides advanced search functionality for your entire product catalog without the necessity to install additional 3rd party systems outside Magento (like Solr or Sphinx).
Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes also includes the following useful features:
✓ Weighted attributes - the king of search features, this allows you to assign weighted values to searchable attributes to order their importance.
✓ Sophisticated autocomplete and autosuggest features.
✓ Search similarity — takes into consideration plurals and variants of the search terms, misspellings or similarly sounding words.
✓ Increase sales with more revelant search results.
✓ No need to install additional 3rd party systems like Solr or Sphinx.
✓ No monthly subscription fees - buy a license, install and you're all set!
✓ 100% Money Back Guarantee!
Weighted attributes are the key to dialing in your search results just how you want them. Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes Magento extension puts the power in your hands and allows you to decide which attributes are more important. For example, if product name and brand are more important than text found in the description, simply assign those attributes a higher weight.
Advanced Search extension has a unique feature to include similar words in the search results. It will look for the words with the same "soundex" index (i.e. similar sounding words) and than will filter these to the words with character distance not exceeding specified level (also know as "Levenshtein distance").
This allows to account for word misspellings as well as many plurals, which drastically improves the quality of the search. For instance if user searches for the word "extension", it will also add the results for "extensions". Please note however, that this is not perfect match for plurals, some words (especially short ones) change their soundex index for plurals, so the word similarity matching will not work. We are working on the improved matching for plurals in different languages and will have it as an additional feature in the future versions.
Our totally revamped auto complete feature now includes frequently used words and phrases and is a complete overhaul of the default Magento functionality. The Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes Magento extension will build the search index (dictionary) with words and phrases from your product catalog. It uses a smart algorithm to build phrases consisting of up to 3 words by default (this is a configurable option). It then provides automatic suggestions to the user from this dictionary as the user types (starting with second character). This overrides Magento's default functionality completely as the default functionality is prone to errors and security issues.
Similar to "Did you mean... ?", our auto suggest feature automatically offers the best suggested phrase in case of a typo or a bad search term. This increases the likelihood that user will find what they are looking for and provides great product discovery opportunities.
Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes uses Magento's internal indexing mechanism to build the words dictionary (index). It maintains a separate index for each feature (autocomplete and autosuggest). You can specify which particular product attributes should be included in the index separately per feature. The index is invalidated every time you edit product attributes in the catalog. You can either reindex data manually by going to System > Index Management or configure it to automatically reindex on the daily basis via cron job.
A list of "stop words", which will NOT be included in the index, can be included and used with Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes. Most English language adjectives and articles are automatically included as stop words, so they do not skew your search results.
The Advanced Search with Weighted Attributes Magento extension also has built-in search refinement similar to the functionality provided by our FREE Catalog Search Refinement extension. This additional functionality makes search results more relevant by including only the results that contain ALL search terms. By default Magento includes items that include ANY search term, which usually produces loose search results. For example, when users search for "green shoes" with default Magento search, results would show all products that are green and all products that are shoes. This feature can be enabled/disabled within the configuration settings.
This extension was developed by and is supported by Activo
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