The basics of filter options

Filter options determine category-specific filters in a filter tree. The app allows you to not only arrange how they will be displayed on your storefront but also configure advanced settings when setting them up. 

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What is a filter option?

In your filter trees, our app offers category-specific filters for all product attributes to help online shoppers navigate the right products more effectively. Each of these filters is called a filter option. Our app allows you to create up to 30 filter options in each filter tree based on product attributes and Metafields from your Shopify store. Each filter option can have an unlimited number of filter values (such as red, green, and blue for a " color" filter option).

Types of filter options

In total, the app allows you to set up unlimited filter options based on the following criteria: collection, vendor, color, size, product type, price, variant’s price, percent sale, inventory location, review rating, stock status, weight, tag, and multi-level tag.

Moreover, our app enables you to set up advanced filter options from your Metafields. Also, you can set up filter options on your storefront in the form of range sliders based on specific product attributes, tags, and Metafields.

Settings of filter options

Each filter option will contain a combination of the following general and advanced settings.

Note: When setting up a new filter option, you can know how it will be presented on your storefront by experimenting with our interactive preview. This tool is incredibly useful as it shows an instant visual demonstration of every setting you select to set up your desired filter options.

Based on the filter option that you want to set up, the following general settings will show up:

  • Option label: the label for the filter option as it appears on your storefront.
  • Option display: you decide how the values of that filter option will be displayed. They can be displayed in same-level collections, multi-level collections, lists, boxes, swatches, or ranges.
  • Option select: you can make it possible for your customers to select single or multiple values at once in a certain filter option.
  • Option values: you might want to either present all values of a filter option or manually pick particular values to present on your storefront.

To rearrange those option values:

  1. In the drop-down of Option values, select Manual.
  2. In the drop-down of Manual values, tick/untick the option values or drag and drop them to create your desired order.
  3. Uncheck the Sort manual value box in Advanced Settings > Save.
  4. Click Save on the Filter options page.
  • Keep the filter option unchanged: this option is available only when setting up a Collection filter option. When disabled, with each chosen Collection filter value, the product list will instantly display products from the corresponding collection while hiding other Collection filter values in the filter option. When selected, the product list will be instantly updated with products from the chosen Collection filter value as the Collection filter option remains unchanged. 
  • Display “All” collection: when this feature is enabled, your customer will have the option to display products from all collections when filtering products by collection.  
  • Swatch: when setting up “title”, “color”, “height”, “size”, “tag”, and Metafield filter options, you can decide their swatch style as grid view or list view. 
  • Excluded values: when setting up “collection”, “product type”, “location”, “vendor”, “tag” and Metafield filter options, you might want to hide some certain values to help customers narrow down their product search more effectively.
  • Using prefix: this setting will show up whenever you set up a “Tag” filter option.

Note: When setting up a "Stock Status" filter option, it is worth noting that a product, which:

- has a specific variant, which matches all filter values selected by customers, but is out of stock;

- has other variants that are in stock

will still be displayed in the product list when your customers check the "In Stock" box in the provided filter tree.

With each filter option that you want to offer on your storefront, the following advanced settings will be provided:

  • Display tooltip: this feature allows you to provide descriptions or explanations for filter options that you worry your customers might misunderstand. 
  • Display all values in uppercase form: you might want to display filter values in uppercase.
  • Sort manual value: you can determine whether the filter values are displayed alphabetically or by item count.
  • Sort Type (Alphabetical/Product Number): the feature can help you automatically display filter values alphabetically or by item count.
  • Show more type (Scrollbar/ Display all values/View more/ View more with Scrollbar): you might want to use an inline scrollable filter menu, a long list of all available values, or a truncated filter with the “View more” option.
  • Use AND condition: this setting will be provided when setting up “tag” and “multi-level tags” filter options. By enabling this setting, only the products that have all selected tags matched are displayed in filtered results.
  • Collapse on PC/Mobile: you can determine whether the filter option is closed by default or requires users to click it to see its values.
  • Show search box on PC/Mobile: when setting up a Vertical filter option, enabling this feature means that your customer will be provided a search box in the corresponding filter on your storefront to search for a specific filter value of the filter option. 

Filter Options

Note: This feature is not available when:

  • Setting up a "multi-level tag" filter option.
  • Setting up a "collection" filter option and selecting "Multi-level collections" in the drop-down of Option display.

Enable, disable, and arrange filter options

To enable and disable a filter option in a filter tree:

  1. From the app’s admin, go to Filter  > Manage filter trees.
  2. Click the filter tree that you want to customize its filter options.
  3. Toggle the Status button of the filter option that you want to enable to disable to either on or off.
  4. Click Save on the Filter options page.

Your filter options show on the storefront in the same order they appear in the control panel. 

To rearrange those filter options:

  1. From the app’s admin, go to Filter  > Manage filter trees.
  2. Click the filter tree that you want to rearrange its filter options.
  3. Drag and drop those filter options to arrange them in your desired order.
  4. Click Save on the Filter options page.

To delete a filter option:

  1. From the app’s admin, go to Filter  > Manage filter trees.
  2. Click the filter tree that you want to delete one of its filter options.
  3. Click the trash icon of the filter option that you want to remove. Keep in mind that deleted filter options cannot be recovered.
  4. Click Save on the Filter options page.