Advanced Search with Auto Complete and Weighted Attributes

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Improve default Magento search with weighted attributes, autocomplete, autosuggest and search similarity.
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Advanced Search with Auto Complete and Weighted Attributes

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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 Elasticsearch).


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.
New Dashboard Graph — see total searches and unique searches from your site in real time right within your dashboard.
Increase sales with more relevant search results.
No need to install additional 3rd party systems like Solr or ElasticSearch.
No monthly subscription fees - buy a license, install and you're all set!
✓ 100% Money Back Guarantee!

Weighted Attributes

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.

Search Words Similarity

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.

Auto Complete

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.

Auto Suggest

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.

Improved Indexing

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.

Stop Words

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.

Search Refinement

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.

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M1 Extension Versions


2016-12-21 23:06:07
  • Version number: 3.4.3
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2
This version adds two options regarding the search graph on the dashboard. Enable/Disable and whether you want the search graph to show as the default graph on the Store Dashboard.

Compatibility fix

2016-10-28 01:45:22
  • Version number: 3.4.2
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2
Compatibility fix: Extension now works well with the latest Magento ver 1.9.3 with security patches.


2016-07-11 05:38:57
  • Version number: 3.4.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2
Bugfix: in certain cases simple searches will omit products in the search results even if they include the keyword searched. Resolved.

Performance improvements and fixes

2016-07-02 05:44:24
  • Version number: 3.4.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2
Admins who wish to only use our robust weighted attributes and looking to disable the indexing of auto suggest and/or disable auto correct functionality are now able to do so safely. Fixed errors and unnecessary reindexing.

Dashboard search graph

2016-06-17 23:32:13
  • Version number: 3.3.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2
New feature: added search graph to Magento dashboard to show historic graph for the number of total and unique searches.
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How does the suggested words dictionary function?

From what i've read, the plugin analyses the titles of the existing products and suggests corrected spellings if the user mis-types a word, based on what it read fro the titles. Is that right? I'm trying to work out if I need to do anything to get this to work properly (like add keywords to a dictionary)
Asked by: jay148369
The extension analyses any attribute you choose for Auto Complete and Auto Suggest. You may choose only the title if you would like or any other attribute, even dropdown type attributes like manufacturer or a custom attribute that you added to your own catalog. Based on that data set the extension will offer users corrections to misspellings or close matchings so that they get better search results.
Answered by: Activo
Date published: 2013-10-22

Does your extension search for Product Catalog, CMS and Static Blocks also?

Asked by: digicloud
Our extension only searches the product catalog at this time.
Answered by: Activo
Date published: 2014-08-29

Does the extension offer weightings to attributes?

Can this extension give priority to certain attributes - for example giving the 'name' and higher value than the 'colour'? Also, we have multiple stores under the same setup - does it work for all of them or just one store? Thanks
Asked by: TomMercer1984
Yes it does. We just released ver 3.0.0 which includes weighted attributes as an option to adjust the search results. With this new revision you can now choose any attribute and assign any weight between 1 and 1000. The index will calculate the results based on the ratio of the attribute weights.
Answered by: Activo
Date published: 2014-03-22

Is your module implementation all-PHP code?

You advertise that no Solr or Sphinx is used by your extension. Should I understand that all the logic behind search suggestions and weighted searching is completely implemented in PHP (with MySQL as persistence)?
Asked by: dan_homorodean
Yes, this is an all-PHP implementation that does not require any 3rd party components, like Solr or Sphinx. All logic behind suggestions and weighted search is implemented in PHP.
Answered by: Activo
Date published: 2015-06-20

Is Advanced Search Mobile theme friendly?

Will it work with Argento Mobile responsive themes? Bob Sorenson
Asked by: bobsorenson
  • y_2017, m_2, d_22, h_22CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_0.0
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_5
  • loc_en_US, sid_15224, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LOCALE, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=NUM_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_magento
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Advanced Search with Auto Complete and Weighted Attributes is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING EXTENSION & SUPPORT! This extension solved all of our search problems that came with the default magento install. We had some issues with the install which Ron was incredibly helpful with, solving all the problems within minutes of me sending communications. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXTENSION AND DEVELOPER.
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Search no further - hugely improves site search I love this extension! It was simple to install and configure, set up weighted attributes, and instantly have far more relevant results. After comparing several options for improving site search, this extension was the best option and return on investment. The built-in default search for community edition doesn't return the most relevant results. Other options include solr search (but you'd need to set up or rent a solr server plus configure a less functional/far pricier extension for solr to work with CE). Or you could pay a third party, but the monthly fees can be exorbitant. Other extensions didn't offer weighted attributes, charged far more or ongoing fees, etc. This is by far the best option. The only needs-improvement suggestion I have to fix is handling plurals, like cat vs cats, but you can get the desired results manually by adding synonyms or keywords.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vital Extension. Awesome Support!!! This extension is an absolute must have. Have you tried searching for products using your website's default Magento search bar? It's not easy and you likely won't find what you're looking for. This extension solves that. Now my site has much better search results plus the auto suggestion is a nice feature as well. Support was quick to help me with a minor issue. I highly recommend this extension.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Search with Weighted Attributes The weighted attributes search feature was a real find for us allowing to fine tune our search and show most relevant products first. Really happy with this extension. Installed without any issues and works like charm.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Activio Advanced Search Extension I purchased this Activio Advanced Search Extension over other extentions or plug-ins. I found this Advanced Search is functioning excellently for our e-cmmerce store selling printer cartridges. I had a little problem in installing it initially due to a previous free extension blocking the way, which I didn't know. However I got excellent support in resolving this problem. In addition, I had prompt and helpful replies in explaining how the attribute indexing should work. I would highly recommend this extension to any e-commerce business. After all, helping customers to get what they are searching for easily and quickly is the name of the game, isn't it?
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Extension This extension is really great. This works as it described. The developer support is also awesome. They respond very quickly and short out the problems i facing.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Extension It has worked great for all the different types of products that we have. Check it out at Thanks for your hard work!
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crashed my system After installing the plugin, my whole admin system crashed and I can't get in to fix it.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Extension and great Customer Support Easy and quick install, everything works fine under Magento Version
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated out of 5 by from I've purchased this extension and experienced perfect support to questions I had. Simple and reliable installation with CE 1.7.2 Prima Support auf Fragen, die ich hatte sowie fehlerfreie Installation für CE 1.7.2 Kiteman
Date published: 2013-01-23
  • y_2017, m_2, d_22, h_19
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_0.0
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_10
  • loc_en_US, sid_15224, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_magento

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