Types of Facets

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All facets used by Live Search are dynamic and appear in the Filters list only when relevant. The list of available facets changes according to the products returned. The following characteristics affect their presentation and behavior:

  • Pinned facets - The most commonly-used facets can be pinned to the top of the list. The remaining facets are listed in Sort type order after the pinned facets.
  • Intelligent facets - Product attributes that Adobe Sensei finds most relevant to a product set and query. The calculation takes into account the attribute metadata of the entire catalog and determines at query time the most relevant facets for the query.
  • Popular facets - Product attributes that are most often present in search results.
  • Price facets - Return products by price range. You can specify the number of selections and the price range interval on the Settings tab.

At query time, Live Search generates the search results in groups of intelligent and popular facets.

Facets - Price Filter by price

Storefront and Headless Options

Facets that are rendered for the Commerce storefront are processed by the search adapter, which routes requests and renders the results in the storefront. All Commerce storefront facets are sorted alphabetically with single-select options, regardless of the input type that is assigned to the corresponding attribute. Facets that are available in the storefront are rendered according to the current theme and reflect any customizations made to the layered navigation presentation.

In contrast, headless implementations are processed by the API and support additional options. Headless facets can be sorted alphabetically or by count and can have either single- or multi-select options.

Select type

For headless implementations, facets can be defined as single select or multi-select with logical operators that determine the returned product set. For example, green AND blue or green OR blue.

Facets - Select type Select type

Select type Description
Single select A single-select facet offers multiple options, but allows the shopper to choose only one value.
Multi-select (or) (Headless only) Shoppers can choose more than one option and returned product(s) can match any selected value. Example: green OR blue
Multi-select (and) (Headless only) Shoppers can choose more than one option, and returned products must match all selected values. Example: green AND blue

Facet labels

For the Commerce storefront, the facet label is determined by the Attribute Properties, with additional labels available for different store views under Manage Labels. For headless implementations, labels can be edited in the Facet workspace.

Sort type

All facets rendered for the storefront are sorted alphabetically. For headless implementations, facets can be sorted alphabetically or by count.

Sort type Description
Alphabetic In the storefront Filters list, facets are sorted alphabetically.
Count (Headless only) For headless implementations, facets can also be sorted by the number of values found per facet in the current set of returned products.