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Catalog Search Refinement FREE

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Overview

Catalog Search Refinement FREE

The Catalog Search Refinement FREE 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.

The Catalog Search Refinement FREE Magento 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 and/or description.

Advanced Search Magento Extension

NOTE: our new Advanced Search Magento Extension provides some more sophisticated algorithms to fine-tune the search results, including a sensible autocomplete and suggestions engine. It also packs a number of advanced features based on the extensive feedback we got from our users so far.

Installation

You can install this extension directly from Magento Connect by pressing "Install Now" button above. You can also download Catalog Search Refinement Magento Extension from our web site here: http://extensions.activo.com/catalog-search-refinement.html

See detailed installation instructions and a screencast at our installation instructions page here.

Once installed, the extension does not require any additional setup. Actually it does not have any configuration screen at all. It just quietly changes the search behavior behind the scenes.

To verify that extension is properly installed please go to System / Config / Advanced / Advanced menu and see if the extension shows up under "Disable Modules Output" section.

ATTENTION! Make sure that after installing this extension you flash your Block HTML cache and reindex the Catalog Search index. You also need to clear the saved search terms table by going to Catalog / Search terms and deleting all the saved terms there before you would be able to see the new search results...

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.

Please not that this is very simple extension. It refines your search results, and hopefully makes them more relevant, but is not a silver bullet.

We are also working on the improved and extended version of it that would address some of the issues (like properly recognizing plurals) and add some additional options to it. We recommend you subscribe to our mailing list ah http://extensions.activo.com/ to get notified when the new version comes out (we do not spam!!!).

Magento Editions Compatibility

  • Community Edition: 1.5.0.2 and above
  • Enterprise Edition: 1.8.0.0 and above
  • License

    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.

    More by Activo

    Check out more Magento Extensions by Activo on Magento Connect here: http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/developer/activo

    Also check out our main page: Magento Extensions for Advanced eCommerce by Activo to see our latest news and upcoming releases that didn't make it to Magento Connect yet!

    Release Notes

    Minor update

    2013-06-26 22:59:57
    • Version number: 1.0.7
    • Stability: Stable
    • Compatibility: 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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    Magento Connect 2.0

    Magento Connect 2.0

    Minor updates and bugfix release...

    Compatibility fix for Magento 1.7.0.2 CE

    2012-12-14 19:32:22
    • Version number: 1.0.5
    • Stability: Stable
    • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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    Magento Connect 2.0

    Magento Connect 2.0

    This release fixes the compatibility issues with Magento version 1.7.0.2 CE and newer. Use this version of Catalog Search Refinement if you have Magento 1.7+ branch.

    This release is also backwards compatible with the earlier versions of Magento starting from 1.5.0.2.

    Fixed: package was reported to be broken

    2012-10-16 23:10:17
    • Version number: 1.0.3
    • Stability: Stable
    • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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    Magento Connect 2.0

    Magento Connect 2.0

    This FREE Catalog Search Refinement 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 description.

    Allow your users to refine their search when they add a search term for FREE!

    2012-02-06 05:05:30
    • Version number: 1.0.0
    • Stability: Stable
    • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6
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    Magento Connect 2.0

    Magento Connect 2.0

    Allow your users to refine their search when they add a search term for FREE! This is a free and open source magento extension that modifies the Magento default search functionality to allow search refinement.
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    This extension was developed by and is supported by activo

    Catalog Search Refinement FREE 4 5 67 67
    Installation through Magento Connect 2.0 onto my Magento 1.6 was flawless. I cleared the cache, reindexed and I got better results immediately! This is a MUST for anyone! Thanks Activo, you guys rock! October 17, 2012
    Installed this extension on to two quite large 1.7.0.2 CE sites. Reindexed and refreshed the cache and the search results are significantly better. Very happy and thanks for releasing this to the community. I want to look into using product tags to enrich the search results so not sure if that is possible. September 29, 2012
    Thanks, works very well. Magento 1.6.2 September 11, 2012
    Didn't have install issues and its showing as enabled but still search results dont change even after clearing cache and reindexing. If there is a space in the search terms it brings back a ton of products still August 20, 2012
    Search refinement is a very simple extension and is not a silver bullet, so you would still see some of the irrelevant results. Please note that we are working on the new version of it, which will address some of the issues mentioned here (such as properly addressing plurals for instance or allowing search only in title or only in description), so stay tuned. If you sign up for our mailing list at http://extensions.activo.com/ we will inform you via email when the new version is available. July 30, 2012
    Installed fine but still getting results which are not relevant. For example a search for Dan Brown will return results for Dangerous Animals by John Browning because "Dan" exists in "Dangerous" and Brown" exists in "Browning". It is fine for these results to be returned but not with more relevancy than the specific match "Dan Brown". Does anyone have ideas on this. I tried using this plugin with Full Text search but the results are less relevant June 20, 2012
    Need to enable the module though. Create an XML file /etc/modules/Activo_CatalogSearch.xml and enable the module in the same way as other add-on module. June 19, 2012
    Wow.. no the magento connect failed here to.. but went to there site.. and hell yes.. this works.. I was getting 6000 results from a term of "Spider gag" .. after the install.. 62 results and best yet, the top 15 where exactly what should have been brought up. What is this not in the core. Great work!!!!!!!! May 26, 2012
    Worked fine on 1.7.0 when downloaded from activio.com - doesn't work downloaded from Magento Connect May 20, 2012
    Works Great, really easy to install. Downloaded from Activo site. Test on my site www.doorandfloorstore.co.uk May 17, 2012
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    After install the module in Magento Connect i've:

    [X] Clear Cache and Session Folder
    [X] Reindex Catalog
    [X] Refresh Cache Storage Management
    [X] Logout and login admin

    but i can't see the module under System-> Configuration
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    log out from admin panel and then log in. do it always after installing of any new extension.
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    This module does not have any configurable options, it just alters the search behavior quietly behind the scene.

    Therefore it does not show in you System -> Configuration menu. You can see if module installed correctly by going to System -> Configuration -> Advanced -> Advanced and see if it appears in the Disable Module Output menu there as "Enable".
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    Any news on if this is possible?
    I upgraded and lost search functionality.
    Had to disable and re--index to get the old search back.

    Would upgrade to the paid version if this is compatible.

    Thanks!
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    I just installed it on 1.8.1 it works perfectly. didn't had any problems.
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    I Have a catalog where people will search for abc-123 I want to replace the dash in the search with a space. Can this be done?
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    In installed the extension according to your instructions.
    Cleared all Cache.
    Re-indexed.
    Deleted all saved search terms.
    Logged out and logged back into Admin.

    But I do not see the "Advanced Search" in the System > Configuration menu like you show on the screencast. Also there is no affect on the front end of my website.
    I do see the extension as enabled in the System > Configuration > Advanced > Advanced section.

    Please advise.
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    Does this extension only improve searches when search type (System > Configuration > Catalog > Catalog Search > Search Type) is "Like"? Or does it also work when search type is "Fulltext" or "Combine"?
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    congratulating is not work
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