Filter trees

📖 Boost AI Search & Discovery provides tools to set up custom filter trees with all available product attributes based on your business products.

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What is a filter tree?

A filter tree lets your customers narrow down their product searches using specific criteria such as price, color, reviews, and size. We refer to each of these specific criteria as a “filter option” and it is determined by the types of products being shown on any collection or result page that the filter tree is applied. Our app offers these filter options depending on your Shopify product attributes and Metafields. Each filter option can have a maximum of 1500 values. A "color" filter option, for example, may present values such as red, green, and blue.

In the following example, the filter tree contains two filter options which are Style and Brand. The Style filter option has various filter values such as Classic, Goth, Exotic, and Punk.

filter trees

Our app lets you set up an unlimited number of filter trees so you can customize your collection and search result pages and offer your clients an optimized product filtering solution and a better shopping experience.


Types of filter trees

Our app offers 2 kinds of filter trees of different scopes.

Standard filter trees

Consists of a Default filter tree and a Search filter tree.

  • A Default filter tree is a filter tree that applies to all collections' pages by default. It ensures that your online store always offers a filtering solution on any collection page.
  • A Search filter tree is a filter tree that is displayed on search result pages by default. The filter tree allows your customers to narrow down the right products among the search result displays.

When you disable the Search filter tree, the Default filter tree will apply to search result pages.


Custom filter tree

Note: When you create a Custom filter tree and apply it to a specific collection’s page, this Custom filter tree will replace the Default filter tree.

Custom filter trees come with a multitude of different filter options just like a Default filter tree and they can be customized and applied to different collection pages to ensure the best filtering experience for each category.

When you delete or disable a Custom filter tree on a specific collection page, the Default filter tree will automatically replace it.


How to configure your filter trees

The following picture lets you know which filter trees can be added, enabled, disabled, customized, and deleted.

filter trees

Note: only one filter tree can be applied to one collection at a time. However, one filter tree can be applied to many collections at once.

To enable/disable a filter tree

  1. From the app’s dashboard, go to FilterManage filter trees.
  2. Toggle the Status button of the filter tree that you want to enable to disable.

To create a custom filter tree

  1. From the app’s dashboard, go to FilterManage filter trees.
  2. In the Custom filter trees section, click Add new filter tree.
  3. Fill in the name of this filter tree and select one or multiple collections that you want this filter tree to apply to.
  4. Click the Add filter option to fully set up this filter tree with the necessary product attributes.
  5. Click Save on the Edit filter option page after you complete setting up a filter option.
  6. Click Save on the Filter options page.

To clone a filter tree

  1. From the app’s dashboard, go to FilterManage filter trees.
  2. Click the duplicate icon of the filter tree that you want to clone and select the number of clones you want to create.

Note: Duplicates of the Default filter tree and Search filter tree will be assigned in the Custom filter tree section.


To delete a filter tree

  1. From the app’s dashboard, go to Filter  > Manage filter trees.
  2. Click the trash icon of the filter tree that you want to remove. Keep in mind that deleted filter trees cannot be recovered.
  3. Click Delete.

To temporarily remove a filter tree from a specific collection:

Our app allows you to remove any filter tree from a specific collection in your Shopify store:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Products > Collections.
  2. Click on the collection that you want to remove the filter tree created by our app temporarily.
  3. In the Online Store section, choose boost-pfs-original (V2)/boost-sd-original theme (V3) in the drop-down of the Theme template.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Check if the collection does not have a filter tree created by our app on your storefront.

Note: This customization will change the theme template of your collection page from your Boost-integrated theme to your original theme.

To reapply our filter tree to your collection, you can follow the same steps but select Default collection this time.


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If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated support team at support@boostcommerce.net.