Integrations / Platforms / Shopify / Configuration

Configuration

With the Algolia for Shopify plugin installed, you can now configure your store.

Shopify Admin

The Algolia app consists of seven tabs.

The seven configuration tabs

  1. Dashboard: News and Analytics panel
  2. Indexing: Configuration of the indexing
  3. Search options: Theme installation and search page configuration
  4. Collection pages: Search on Collection pages
  5. Relevance: Configuration of search relevance
  6. Merchandising tool: Visual merchandising tool for your products and collections
  7. Settings: Credentials and Analytics

Indexing

As soon as you update your credentials, we start indexing your content.

Algolia stores your data in indices. You can see and edit your indices in the Indices tab of your Algolia dashboard.

An Algolia index is composed of objects: in Shopify-speak, an object could be one of your products, like a red T-shirt or a Blog post. These products have attributes, which are stored as key-value pairs. To stay with the product example, an attribute could be the description of a shirt, a link to a picture of it, or its price. Default attributes for different Shopify objects are described in the schemas section of the documentation.

We currently support the indexing of four types of Shopify data:

  1. Products (and their variants)
  2. Collections
  3. Blog posts and articles
  4. Pages

In the Indexing tab of the Shopify admin, you can select the attributes you want to make searchable. To do so, toggle the relevant Enable buttons and save your changes.

To get more information on indexing, go to the indexing section.

Store Configuration

After your data is indexed and you have installed the Algolia plugin in your theme, you can easily integrate the following two Algolia features:

  1. An Autocomplete menu implementing the Autocomplete widget.
  2. An InstantSearch page that bundles together a number of instantsearch.

From the Search options tab in the Shopify app, you can choose whether you want to use the Autocomplete menu and the InstantSearch page, which replaces Shopify’s default results page.

If these configuration options do not fit your needs, you can customize our front-end code; this process is described in the front-end customization section

Search Options

Sort Orders

This option is only useful if you plan to use the Algolia InstantSearch page.

In the Search options tab of the Shopify app, you can chose which sort orders to activate, how to name them, and which ones to display first.

The sort order configuration screen

Our ranking is done at indexing time; this means that for each sort order, we create a new index, which contains the same amount of records as the main one. Make sure that an increased record count won’t exceed your plan’s quota.

You can read our full guide on sorting if you want more details.

Faceting

This option is only useful if you plan to use the Algolia InstantSearch page.

Faceting is the technical word to describe navigation using filters. Facets are primarily used to refine searches.

We have a full guide on faceting if you want more information.

You can configure facets in the Search options tab of the Shopify app.

Configuration facets

You can drag potential facets to choose their order and mark them as active or inactive.

Hover over a facet and click the edit button to set its name, type, and to indicate whether it is searchable. Marking a facet as searchable allows a user to search through its subcategories; you should mark a facet as searchable when it has too many subcategories to display cleanly.

Facet types

There are currently 5 available facet types:

  • slider: A simple slider for numeric values.
  • conjunctive: Filters using AND between refinements.
  • disjunctive: Filters using OR between refinements.
  • menu: A list of possible values from which one can be selected.
  • hidden: A hidden facet in the active list is added to the attributesForFaceting setting, but not displayed on the search page.
Facet sources

Facets can come from four different sources:

  1. Default attributes: Theses are detailed in the schemas section
  2. Variant options: If you’re using, for instance, “Color” to distinguish your variants, this will show up here
  3. Named tags: See named tags
  4. Metafields: See metafields
Faceting Collections of Products

To facet on collections of products, go to the Collection pages tab of the Shopify app and enable it. You can find more information on the Collection search page documentation.

Please note the difference between collections indexing and Collection pages indexing:

  • Collections indexing: enables autocomplete to search in collections.
  • Collection pages indexing: enables collection faceting for the InstantSearch page.

Synonyms

Synonym configuration can only be done through your Algolia dashboard.

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