How Searchanise works

Modified on: Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 6:16 PM


Smart Search and Instant Search app by Searchanise introduces an instant search widget and improved search results page for BigCommerce stores.


Once the app is installed to your store, the indexation of the products, articles and store categories starts, which takes less than 5 minutes. During this time the app imports search data to the Searchanise servers and indexes them for search.


Further indexation of product and category changes occurs automatically every 10 minutes. To re-index pages and content of the blog posts, click the FORCE RE-INDEXATION button.


If a newly added page or blog post is not shown in the search results, click FORCE RE-INDEXATION to index them and include in the search results.


Searchanise searches through products, categories (up to 250), pages and blog posts. Products and categories marked as “Visible” are exported. 


The following product fields are searched:

Title
Description
Brand

Search Keywords
SKUs for all product variants
Values of all custom fields

Product categories
UPC/EAN

Meta keywords, meta description


As for the categories, you can search them by title or description. Pages are searched by their title and content.


Searchanise does not support prices for usergoups. That's why all customers will see prices for unlogged visitors.


To enable the Instant search widget you'll need to add the Searchanise html code to your storefront


The prices are shown taking into account the currency settings in your store. If you change currency formatting in the settings (Dashboard > Store setup > Currencies > Currency display) , click FORCE RE-INDEXATION to show the prices in the new format in the search results.


In case you set up taxes using the option "No, I will enter price exclusive of tax", you should enter the default tax rate. It will be used to display prices in the search results. It can be done in the Searchanise welcome pop-up or in the Preferences section (Default tax rate(%) setting).


Instant search widget

As soon as you start typing in the search box in the store, Searchanise instantly shows suggestions and product previews.

Due to restriction of the BigCommerce API (the app scripts start loading only after the page is fully loaded (onload event)), a delay may occur when loading the Searchanise widget for the first time. To fix this, follow this instruction.


Read more about configuration of the instant search widget here.


Search results widget


Searchanise creates a new page with javascript code that adds a search widget to your BigCommerce store. This javascript widget sends search requests to the Searchanise servers and shows results in the dynamically generated HTML content.


This HTML content is inserted into the Searchanise code. Therefore there’s no theme template in BigCommerce, editing which can change the look and feel of the widget.


However, the look and feel of the widget can be customized by playing with the colors and applying Custom CSS. You can drop us a line via our feedback form in the Help tab, and we will help you customize the search widget.


The search results page contains search filters that can be adjusted in the Filters tab.


We did our best to make the widget fit all BigCommerce themes, but in some stores search results may not take up the full width of the screen. Please contact us, and we will add Custom CSS to adapt the widget to the theme of your store.


For more details on the search widget settings, read here.


Trial period


Once you install the app, you will have a 14-day trial period. For dev stores the trial period is unlimited!


Searchanise subscription


To have a permanent access to all Searchanise features, you need to buy Searchanise Pro subscription. It’s very easy to do in the Searchanise admin panel by clicking to the Trial: … days left. button.



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