Product Finders are not a standard SearchSpring Product offering. Talk to your Sales Representative to discuss adding this feature to your Service Plan.
Product Finders are a tool to help your shoppers quickly find the products they are looking for - think of it as a way to easily navigate into a more narrow, filtered Product Results set. Commonly implemented as a set of Attribute drop-down selectors, these Finders can exist on your Home Page, globally across the Header of your website, or even on a single Category Page or Landing Page.
Basic Product Finder
The most basic version of a Product Finder allows the shopper to choose their options in any order. The options of each drop-down selector would be populated by any individual Facet Attribute Field found in your core Product Feed.
Hierarchy Product Finder
A more advanced version to a Product Finder would force the shopper to select their options in sequential order. The most common example of this would be for Vehicle Finders, forcing shoppers to select a Year > Make > Model in that order before hitting a Results page. The options for a Hierarchy Finder would be sourced from a single Attribute Field, though following a specific data pattern.
To achieve a Hierarchy Finder, your Attribute Data must exist in as a single field, following a hierarchical format. Consider the Year>Make>Model Vehicle Fitment examples list below:
1967>Ford>Mustang 2006>Chevy>Malibu 2013>Chrysler>300
The paths within this attribute field will determine the path selections of our Hierarchy Finder. If you want your shoppers to instead select in a Make>Model>Year order, then that's the order in which to provide your data:
If a product has multiple applicable Hierarchy Paths, you must include all of those assignments within one field, separated by some delimiter such as a Pipe "|" - consider a Product that has multiple applicable Vehicle Fitments:
With Vehicle Fitment data, rather than listing each Year individually, you can use a Year Range on each applicable Make>Model combination - we would then expand this out into individual Year Options within the Finder selections for you:
You are not required to use ">" to split the Path Levels, nor required to use "|" as the Path Separator. However, the delimiters you choose must be consistent and must not be found within the Path assignment itself. For example, with a Vehicle Fitment of
GMC C/K Pickup 1500, you would not be able to use "/" to separate the Year/Make/Model since the Model value itself contains a slash character already.