Boost AI Search & Discovery App Versions

πŸ“– The latest version of Boost AI Search & Discovery, called App Lib V3, comes with a variety of new features and upgrades. These changes will help your customers find what they want faster and improve their shopping experience in your Shopify store.

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We understand that some Shopify store owners may be hesitant to upgrade to App Lib V2 or V3. Therefore, we will explain the differences between the two versions of Boost AI Search & Discovery.

V1 vs. V2

More product filtering and site search features

Many new product filters and site search features will be available, including:

  • Filter options for multi-level collections and tags: You can organize filter options values in parent-subcategory structures as you like with more collections and tags options.
  • No search result in suggestions & search page: You can enable "Search Term Suggestions" and "Product Suggestions" features to allow your store to automatically suggest popular searches and trending products to customers. It helps customers find more items to purchase and increases their satisfaction.
  • Search results in Collections & Pages: In addition to product search results, your store can also display collections and pages as part of the search results. This gives customers more options to explore and find what they're looking for.
  • Shopify multiple-language & multiple-currency: Shopify now supports multiple languages and currencies, which means that your customers can shop in your store in their preferred language and currency.
  • In-collection search: Your customers can now search for products within a specific collection in your Shopify store.
  • Variants Display: You can separate variants of a product and display them as individual products on collection pages, search results pages, and instant search results.
  • Canonical URLs for product pages: This not only enhances the user experience but also helps your online store avoid duplicate content issues and improve overall website rankings.
  • Shorten URLs: Finally, you can shorten URLs so that your customers can easily share your content. This feature can significantly enhance your online store's user experience.
  • Instant search layout settings: You can personalize the layout of your instant search using this feature.
  • Search box on-click: With this feature, you can determine which part of the instant search widget will appear when a customer clicks on the search box.

We also have some new tool options for you

  • Swatch settings: With this feature, you can now add images or custom colors to your filter option displays, instead of using the basic ones that come by default.
  • Sort by criteria: You can now change the sorting order label in the Search results and Collection pages. You can also add new options based on product attributes such as tags, reviews, ratings, metafields, and more.
  • App integration: We have a new automatic integration process that makes it easy for you to integrate most other Shopify apps quickly and seamlessly.

App upgrades

  • Better Search analytics algorithm: In addition to counting total searches, we've updated our algorithm to take into account more valuable search terms and high-quality suggestions made by your customers, providing you with a more complete picture of what your customers may be looking for in your stores.
  • App performance: To provide a better user experience for our customers, we have optimized our code for faster execution speed and more efficient memory utilization. As a result, we were able to reduce the time it takes for a Shopify page to load.

V3: Boost AI Search & Discovery

On 19 April 2023, Boost released one of our biggest upgrades: Boost AI Search & Discovery (V3). In this new release, we are upgrading all of the app's fundamental features and adding AI facets in product discovery features such as search and recommendation.

More product discovery features

  • Recommendation: Recommendation widgets boost the conversion efficiency of your cross-sell and upsell efforts by presenting different sorts of suggestions at key places on your site.

App features upgrades

  • Better AI-powered search algorithm: With advanced tools such as AI synonyms, Numeric, and Partial search, our AI-powered new search algorithm has demonstrated its flexibility and accuracy in keyword analysis and customer navigation.
  • Visual Merchandising: Besides prioritizing search results of particular queries, you can now manipulate the results of all keywords and the product order on a particular collection page.
  • Advanced Analytics feature: With a more sophisticated developed analytics toolkit, our new Analytics feature will bring about more relevant insights to support your business decisions.

App upgrades

  • New app dashboard: You will experience a personalized app install interface tailored to the specifics of the business industry. After a short survey to get to know your business, we'll show you personalized app set-up guidances that work best for you.
  • Theme: You might encounter some technical challenges while designing our app on your theme. With an intuitive, code-free theme management and setup process, our latest theme set-up process lets you customize settings to match your brand without having to adjust your theme code.

TURBO version

⚠ We are currently rolling out the SSR version for new users only.

The main purpose of server-side rendering (SSR) is to enhance our app's performance and to save time by providing a robust tool for effective storefront management. Alongside better performances, we have a new onboarding process for our merchant clients that is simpler and more customizable.

  • High-performance storefront: The app utilizes server-side rendering to ensure storefronts load quickly, enhancing the user experience.
  • Simple Onboarding flow: The initial setup has been simplified by postponing the theme configuration step, allowing it to be completed as needed.
  • Simple Shopify integration flow: Integrating with Shopify has been refined by eliminating one prerequisite (Boost Core enabled), resulting in a straightforward and user-friendly process.
  • Theme Customization preservation: When switching themes, templates can be reused, significantly reducing the time spent on customizations.
  • Built-in templates: Two pre-designed templates, "Default" and "Basic," are offered to get storefronts up and running effortlessly.
  • Easy-to-Use Visual Editor: The platform offers a visual editor that simplifies customization, enabling effortless design tweaks.
  • Detailed User guides and Technical documents.

Check the version of App Lib your store is using

Checking your theme code can let you know the version of Boost AI Search & Discovery that your store is using. 

To find out which version you are using, please follow these steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Find the theme you want to check its theme code, and then click Actions (β‹―) > Edit code.
  3. In the Layout folder, click theme.liquid file. Please search for the following to find out which App Lib Version you are using with your store's theme:
  • V1
{% include 'bc-sf-filter' %}
  • V2
{% render 'boost-pfs' %}

or

{% include 'boost-pfs' %}

or

To detect the version, go to the page collections/all β†’ Inspect page elements β†’ Check the classes of some elements inside the <body> tag.

If any of the classes have the prefix boost-pfs β†’ Front End lib V2.


  • V3

Because of the latest changes in terms of privacy from Shopify, we no longer implement our code directly into Shopify's theme files for our latest version.

Instead, we add it to your theme via App Blocks feature. To learn if your app is installed with our latest version V3. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. From Shopify Admin, go to Online Store > Themes > Go to Theme editor for the one you'd like to check.
  2. In the editor left sidebar, select App embeds.
  3. Find our app (with Boost logo) in the list of App embeds.

If the app blocks and app embed blocks are on, it means the theme you are checking is running Boost's latest version (V3).

or

To detect the version, go to the page collections/all β†’ Inspect page elements β†’ Check the classes of some elements inside the <body> tag.

If any of the classes have the prefix boost-sd β†’ Front End lib V3.

For example:


If you need any further assistance, you can contact us at support@boostcommerce.net and we will let you know which version you are using in your Shopify store.