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The Core Fields page allows you to ensure that SearchSpring is using all the right information to power full and reliable functionality on your site.
SearchSpring has many helpful features for your e-commerce sites, but in order for these features to utilize your data and show your products, Core Fields must be set. Think of Core Fields as "default fields" for SearchSpring, it's our way of standardizing what your data is, what it means, and how to use it.
The field labels are the display names for your fields. For fields that you are going to use in faceting or comparison it is important to use good field labels, these will be the field names that display to your customers. Required Fields are marked with red asterisks.
To change which of your product feed's fields are assigned as SearchSpring core fields, click the dropdown of that field and select which one you'd like to change the assignment to. You can easily filter through the list of options by typing in the search box that appears.
- Unique ID - Required Field.
The product's ID. Depending on your platform or custom feed, the ID may also be the SKU.
A string of characters that identifies your product. The SKU field should unique per product and must be set for SearchSpring's IntelliSuggest tracking to work.
Please note: SKU is not marked as a required field, but it should always be set. If you do not have SKUs for your products, this could be set to the product's ID which is typically unique.
- Product Name - Required Field.
The name of your product. This field is used in features such as AutoComplete, Product Recommendations and Comparison.
- Product URL - Required Field.
The URL of your product. This field is used in features such as AutoComplete, Product Recommendations and Comparison.
- Add to Cart URL
The URL for adding a product to the cart, if your feed has that available.
- Price - Required Field.
The cost of your product. This field should be set to the final price that customers will see when purchasing your products. This field is used in features such as AutoComplete, Product Recommendations and Comparison.
- Suggest Retail Value
The retail or MSRP price of the product.
- Image URL - Required Field.
The image associated with the product. Set this to a thumbnail image field if possible to reduce loading times.
- Product Thumbnail Image URL
The image you want to display in search results. This field is used in features such as AutoComplete, Product Recommendations and Comparison.
- Customer Rating
The overall customer review score of a product. This is usually a numeric value.
- Number of Reviews
The total amount of times a product has been reviewed by customers.
- Product Description
The description of your product. This can be a long or short description.
- Stock Message
If your site uses special messages when a product is out of stock or low in stock, you can set the message that appears here.
The brand or a manufacturer associated with a product.
A ranking of how popular a product is, commonly based on how many times that item has been sold. In the AutoComplete feature, it will work as a boost when a shopper searches. Products with more popularity (most to least popular) are shown first and then relevant products. If "Popularity" is not set, the fallback for AutoComplete product ordering is relevancy.
- Custom Fields
At the bottom of every selection drop down, there is a field called custom. This can be used to map multiple fields, other text, or different URL structures. Any data fields you want to use with the "custom" option should be surrounded by a percent sign (%).
Check for New Fields
The "Check for New Fields" button will re-validate your data feed and build new fields that are found in your data feed that did not exist previously.
Review Feed Sample
The "Review Feed Sample" button shows the first75 records found in your data feed and the fields that relate to those 75 records. If there is a field that only exists in records beyond the first75 they will not be included in this preview. This preview is useful to check your data when setting up fields.
Once you've completed all of your changes, click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page to save you changes. You will need to re-index your site for changes to take affect.