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4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates

Allowing your customers to find exactly what they need as fast as possible will no doubt increase sales.

A good number of our customers use Commerce to sell physical items. Until now, it's always been a little tricky to set up the store to allow customers to drill down into specific items within the store.

In Invision Community 4.4, the sidebar in the store now includes filter options to help customers find the product they're looking for.

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Using the filter sidebar

Administrators can set up whatever filters they like for each product. In this video above, you can see we have set up filters for color and price.

You can set these filters up in the AdminCP by simply specifying each possible option:

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Creating a custom filter

Once the filters have been set up, you can then add each filter to the categories it applies to (so you can have different filters for different categories) and when editing any product you can specify as many values for each filter as is appropriate (for example, if you have a color filter, you can choose multiple colors if the product allows the customer to choose a color, or if the product has multiple colors).

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Choosing the filter values when creating/editing a product

In addition to these custom filters, you will also see filters for price (you can set appropriate bands for each category), rating, and stock level.

Other Commerce Improvements

In addition, we also have a few more features new to Commerce in 4.4:

  • There are new sidebar blocks for best selling products, latest products, product reviews and a featured product.
  • When sending a bulk mail, you can target recipients by the total amount they have spent.
  • Categories with no products in them are hidden automatically in the store.
  • Notification emails sent to customers to let them know their purchase will expire soon (including if they will be automatically charged) have been improved to show more clearly what will happen.
  • When viewing a customer page in the AdminCP, active purchases are separated from expired and cancelled purchases to make it easier to discern which are active.
  • Custom field values are now included on printed invoices.
  • When filtering support requests in the AdminCP, you can now choose "more than" or "less than" for all time-based filter options.
  • When using stock actions to reply to support requests, the stock reply can be incorporated into the staff member's default reply content rather than overwriting it.
  • Invoices in the AdminCP can now be filtered by status.

This blog is part of our series introducing new features for Invision Community 4.4.

Edited by Mark


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This looks great! 🙂 I love the new filters.

I would also like to see the ability for members to become vendors of products (where the site owner could take a commision) much like the downloads app. But this is definitely a big step in the right direction. Thanks, IPS!

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  • Categories with no products in them are hidden automatically in the store.

Does that include when a category has products but are all hidden from the user?

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Where do you find these?  "There are new sidebar blocks for best selling products, latest products, product reviews and a featured product. "

My blocks options don't show anything new.

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Maybe I'm missing something or just way out of the loop, but isn't this akin to adding another customizable profile field?  Why not just make use of existing ones to do the work?

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6 hours ago, Ramsesx said:

Nice, but the video isn't embedded.

Whoops, thanks! I forgot to convert it from .mov to a more globally used format - it would have been embedded for Mac users 😂 I'll fix that 😊

6 hours ago, Tom S. said:

Does that include when a category has products but are all hidden from the user?

Yes 👍🏻

6 hours ago, Spanner said:

Please add function ability to disable product.

You can set a product to not be visible to any groups 

2 hours ago, Wolfie said:

Maybe I'm missing something or just way out of the loop, but isn't this akin to adding another customizable profile field?  Why not just make use of existing ones to do the work?

Commerce already has a concept of fields the customer can fill out when purchasing (for example, if you offer a thing in multiple colors, allowing the customer to choose one) but this is something the admin sets - sort of like subcategorisation.

Sometimes there will be overlap (like for color, you might have both an option for customers to choose at checkout, and set a filter with all of the available options) but many things will be static. For example you might have filters for "Brand", "Author", "Genre", "Gender", "Rating" (for films), "Release Year", etc.

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11 hours ago, Mark said:

For example you might have filters for "Brand", "Author", "Genre", "Gender", "Rating" (for films), "Release Year", etc.

Mega! We sell books and Commerce prior to 4.4 is a little bit limiting, certainly compared to what seems plausible soon 🙂

 

 

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No commerce custom field regexes? 😭

E: Stock response merge with staff signature is definitely appreciated though, give that man a raise!

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Please add the ability for those who use Commerce for virtual products

The ability to use query commands after a successful payment in the remote database ,For immediate delivery of products

 

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On 11/9/2018 at 7:23 AM, SJ77 said:

will this work with downloads app? My store is the downloads app (same as this site)

Only the main Commerce storefront right now.

9 hours ago, socceronly said:

OMG. Where do I fly to kiss somebody? 

Sydney 😘 I will accept all kisses on behalf of the team.

 

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@Mark: Can we please have the ability to store multiple options within a product?

So we can list different colours available for purchase, patterns, personalise them etc? Rather than having to create separate products per each one.

Like this...

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It would also be handy if we could disable which nations we ship too, I only want to sell to the UK right now but I have no way of limiting the products to this area. I just have to avoid adding shipping fees which seems very counter productive, as people may e-mail me saying 'I can't buy this item' when they don't read the description which means we only deliver to x places.

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4 minutes ago, Joey_M said:

@Mark: Can we please have the ability to store multiple options within a product?

So we can list different colours available for purchase, patterns, personalise them etc?

That is what custom fields are for. You can add as many as you want, apply different pricing and so on. 

4 minutes ago, Joey_M said:

It would also be handy if we could disable which nations we ship too, I only want to sell to the UK right now but I have no way of limiting the products to this area. 

It’s done through the shipping options. 

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