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    Are Category Custom Fields not "facet-able"? I'd like to create a couple of Category Custom Fields that I can put info in for the facets to help filter. I have discovered that the "Facet" checkbox is not available to a Category Custom Field. Am I doing something wrong?
    Leslie Kirk
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  • uhm, I know only about product custom fields but not category. You sure you would like to filter categories and not products?
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    • Originally posted by PCINET - Andreas View Post
      uhm, I know only about product custom fields but not category. You sure you would like to filter categories and not products?
      It's complicated. The site doesn't use the product pages, just products listed on category pages. With over 1000+ plus categories I was looking for a way to be able to assign a category to multiple parent categories (since it can't be done natively). I had hoped to be able to filter them.
      Leslie Kirk
      Miva Certified Developer
      Miva Merchant Specialist since 1997
      Previously of Webs Your Way
      (aka Leslie Nord leslienord)

      Email me: [email protected]
      www.lesliekirk.com

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      • You could do this as custom...but not native. Would you want it to load a bunch of categories based on input? Like Load all categories that have "color-white" as a custom field within a given set of sub-categories? Or, like product facets where you load all and then 'winnow' them down with selections. The later could even be done in SMT code using jquery/javascript.
        Last edited by Bruce - PhosphorMedia; 07-31-20, 12:15 PM.
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        • "Tricky ..." (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references, anyone?)

          Faceted searches are focused on products. To use category fields as a facet, the store would have to do a two-step search, where it first looks up all the categories to which each product is assigned, and then searches the custom fields for those categories.

          A brute-force solution would be to create another custom product field, or possibly several fields, to contain copies of the data from the category fields of the categories that each product is assigned to. It would be tedious to create and update the data, but maybe some spreadsheet cleverness and CSV imports would speed up the task.

          Getting more creative, maybe you could set up some products as pseudo-categories, and use Related Products as the list of products assigned to each pseudo-category. I suppose that might also be difficult to set up and maintain; I'm just thinking out loud here. But that would put all the data in product fields, so you could set up facets for them.

          Of course, if you want a quote on a custom solution, you know who to call. :^)
          Kent Multer
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          • Originally posted by Kent Multer View Post
            "Tricky ..." (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references, anyone?)

            Faceted searches are focused on products. To use category fields as a facet, the store would have to do a two-step search, where it first looks up all the categories to which each product is assigned, and then searches the custom fields for those categories.

            A brute-force solution would be to create another custom product field, or possibly several fields, to contain copies of the data from the category fields of the categories that each product is assigned to. It would be tedious to create and update the data, but maybe some spreadsheet cleverness and CSV imports would speed up the task.

            Getting more creative, maybe you could set up some products as pseudo-categories, and use Related Products as the list of products assigned to each pseudo-category. I suppose that might also be difficult to set up and maintain; I'm just thinking out loud here. But that would put all the data in product fields, so you could set up facets for them.

            Of course, if you want a quote on a custom solution, you know who to call. :^)
            Thanks Kent - of course I do
            Leslie Kirk
            Miva Certified Developer
            Miva Merchant Specialist since 1997
            Previously of Webs Your Way
            (aka Leslie Nord leslienord)

            Email me: [email protected]
            www.lesliekirk.com

            Follow me: Twitter | Facebook | FourSquare | Pinterest | Flickr

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