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Advanced Product Filters (37 posts)

  1. Tyguy7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've developed a plugin for my current employer that allows us to add advanced filtering of product categories in the sidebar area. It is similar to the google shopping sidebar, or any advanced filter that you'd see on an e-commerce site. ex: Ebay, HomeDepot.com, Amazon... This plugin will allow you to build your own advanced product filters.

    http://www.imageshack.us/photo/my-images/708/filtert.png/

    For each category, we can ping the products for attributes and custom fields, and then generate an appropriate sidebar based upon the product set. We currently have code for dual sliders(min/max range), checkboxes, and nested menus that activate on a mouse click. This allows customers to filter the product set by price, dimensions, brands, colors, sizes, special features, and other properties. The filter loads results via ajax.

    On the admin side, the filters are fully customizable with a drag and drop interface. It also provides statistics for each category, helping to complete product attributes and custom fields that might be missing.

    I was wondering if anyone else would be interested in these kind of features. Should I develop this into a distributable plugin? How many other people could benefit from this? How much would you be willing to pay for this plugin?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

  2. remy.raizen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    tyguy,

    The plugin would be tremendously useful for a number of possible e-commerce clients, and is currently missing from WooCommerce's functionality. This would be very helpful in sorting products with a variation of brands, sizes, colors, etc. One possible niggle that could affect the flow of the user's shopping experience is how the shop page refresh is handled, as ideally the filters should apply only to the products currently being viewed and not reload the entire page.

    It's something that I would definitely use as well, so let me know when you follow through with it. I'm very excited to see what comes of this.

  3. remy.raizen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    As for price I believe WooCommerce has a somewhat standard pricing -- most I've seen are $25/1 license, $50/5 licenses, $99/unlimited. I would likely purchase either the $50 if it was worth trying out (which it sounds like it is), and $99 if it looked awesome (which it very well could be).

  4. bheadrick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This isn't a whole lot different from the layered nav widgets that come built-in to woocommerce. Granted, this does look a lot sleeker, and with the extensions that are on there already - I'd say you could probably charge $100 for this.

  5. johanlm
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Just did a quick check/read, so I am not totaly sure about one thing;
    IF I could add X amount of sliders with different min-max values I would pay easy 100$ for 1 site.
    But thats me and might be a tad steep for many others.

    Personally this is a "must" for all that sell electronic items (computers, phones, TV's, etc.).

    This is actually a function/extension that I were to contact a developer to do for my company, so I am very interested. Do you have a site I can sign up at so I get a headsup when you are done?

  6. johanlm
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There is a Swedish pricechecking site that has an amazing searchsystem;
    http://www.prisjakt.nu/kategori.php?k=352

    It is in Swedish, but you get the idea.
    Right above were the products are start to show, there is a button named;
    [Fler sökkreterier] (<more searchcriteria)

    click that.

    Their system also has different searchpages depending on productgroup.
    The link above is for computers, this bellow is for DSLR cameras;
    http://www.prisjakt.nu/kategori.php?k=101

    And this is for bicycles;
    http://www.prisjakt.nu/kategori.php?k=889

  7. Tyguy7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you everyone for your responses! I'll keep this thread going if I start to develop a public version. It looks like it might be worth the extra effort if enough people are interested

  8. sanshr
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes indeed..and i would also need that kinda plugin as phone model search filter for my site cellularism.com. I guess there is lot of other blogger also who is waiting for that kinda tool... look for this comprehensive set of filters here for instance. cool stuff!

  9. subrisi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi

    Your mock up looks better, but apart from the sliders on other items apart from price, it does not do that much more than the current layered nav system. You can spend $29 now on pimping up the current layered nav with ajax, so your price should be about this, maybe up to $50.

    I use this http://codecanyon.net/item/widget-ninja/253159?WT.ac=search_thumb&WT.seg_1=search_thumb&WT.z_author=WebFactory i create one layered nav for my whole site and then switch on off lyered nav as needed

    Mark

  10. tamarazuk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Tyguy7,

    Have you made any progress?

    I have been searching for something like this for weeks. I'd definitely be interested in purchasing it if it has been released. I'd probably pay around $100 for a developer license for this type of plugin.

    I would like to add that I have found numerous postings on job boards such as Elance from people looking for this type of functionality. This means there is a big market out there.

    Good luck!

    Thank you,

    Tamara

  11. jochemdu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am also interested, this looks very nice!
    I think a lot of plugins which extend the core functionality of Woocommerce are a bit overpriced. I hate to pay 50 for each plugin extention and i need a lot since the default woocommerce does not support a lot of great widgets..
    If it was 25 i would buy it immediatly.

  12. HogDAT
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The last few hours i've been looking for something like this. Found a LOT of WordPress plugins that compared prices or just items.

    Sell this for a fair price and i'm a buyer!

  13. Anton M
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Until this plugin is ready you can use the atributes and "woocommerce layered nav" widget to achieve this kind of filters.

    http://wcdocs.woothemes.com/user-guide/setting-up-product-attributes/
    http://wcdocs.woothemes.com/user-guide/layered-navigation-widget/

    You can chain multiple filters and even combine them with the price slider filter.

  14. SiteSubscribe
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    How do you chain multiple filters with "woocommerce layered nav"? I can't find anything on the web on this. And since the widget only allows selecting 1 attribute for filtering I don't see how to allow someone to do a faceted search.

    +1 for a good faceted search plugin for WooCommerce attributes.

  15. msdadajr
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm looking for a product filter for my jewellery websites.I'm willing to pay $25.Contact me if you want to sell.

  16. amychin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've been trying to make the Woocommerce layered nav widget work with product attributes without success. I'd be interested in a product filter, too. I can't pay a lot since my business is not even yet off the ground but I'd be willing to pay something...

    Is it ready for prime time? With Woocommerce? Do tell!!!

  17. Tyguy7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey everyone!

    Thank you so much for your interest. I really do want to complete this project. I've been slammed the past month, and I don't see any breaks coming in the near future. I can't see this happening soon unless I get some collaborators. Consider this a call to any developers out there. I would love to push this all to github and start an open project. Please respond if you would like to be a part of it.

    Here's a list of working features so far.

    Create custom product filters via drag and drop interface.
    -Create single sliders for zero to x ranges in values
    -Create dual sliders for x to y ranges in values
    -Create checkboxes for lists of values (strings)
    -Create collapsable sub menus for filters( I call them togglenodes )
    -Store multiple versions of filters while setting a single filter as active (allows you to easily revert to old filters or test user response to different versions)

    View attribute and custom field stats per category. (Helps you to see percentages of custom fields and attributes assigned per category, so you can determine what you should and shouldn't filter by)

    Return results via AJAX

    Works in tandem with search results pages to narrow search by things such as price, color, weight, custom field, etc.

    Caching system that stores numeric ranges for each category to speed up queries. Admins can cron the cache process or run it manually in wp-admin

    Copy and paste entire filters (as serialized arrays) between various categories or wordpress installations.

    There are a few more notable features that I'm forgetting, but this is the majority of the important ones. Please respond to this thread if you are an interested developer.

    Thanks!

  18. jochemdu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Tyguy7,

    That is a nice list of features you have made already, good job.

    I am a fanatic plugin lover and i have made some plugins by my self for WordPress and Woocommerce (price comparison plugin, auto Youtube video for products, review aggregator) and i am interested looking into your project.
    I just made a Github account with the same username as this website, if you want you can send me an invite.

  19. wpjohnny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Tyguy7,
    Could you share your contact info in you are available for development? I may need a similar product.

  20. johanlm
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Tyguy7,
    Just so you know. I am still tagging this one, so as soon as you are done you will have a custommer. ;)

  21. tamarazuk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I would like to chime in and say that I would still be interested in this and would easily pay more than $100 if it is not tied to WooCommerce only. Faceted search with custom post types would be pretty amazing. Maybe a tie in with Advanced Custom Fields?
    Just throwing stuff out there ;)

  22. SeriousSam
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Tyguy7,
    Add one more interested customer, this tool would suit our needs perfectly, and if it was listed at $49 I'd be sure to buy it.
    Sam

  23. forgetfuljames
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Tyguy: I'd be interested in helping — I'm just starting out but I'm a workhorse.

    forgetfuljames [at] mac [dot] com

  24. Gayatriom
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I would this in a heartbeat!

  25. straw94
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm also very interested as a customer for $25 the sigle license.

  26. YvLav
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Tyguy7 and Jochemdu,

    Do you go forward with this development ?
    Are you ready to deliver your project as a extension widget to woocommerce ?

    If it can boot you, you can find here an additinnal customer ... :-)

    up to you !

  27. Dalton
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I could absolutely make use of this and could probably contribute to development in a small way. Please let us know if you put it on GitHub.

  28. vloo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm also interested in this plugin too (subscribe!)

  29. Marco Panichi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I think the Product finder module could be the solution.

  30. SiteSubscribe
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I agree Product Finder seems to fit the need.

    Details here:
    http://sitesubscribe.com/blog/commercial-plugins/woocommerce-product-finder-faceted-search/

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