As we always say, WordPress is suited for running different kinds of business. No matter you sell the dress, downloadable photos or just create a membership site with dripping content – WordPress is exactly what you need. And today we will tell you how to create filters for the best user’s navigation if you sell books. Ready? Read on.
How to select the Product type
First of all, there are two ways to sell books on WordPress:
- Sell the downloadable ebooks
- Sell physical books.
Why does it matter? It is important to define before you will create the Products because it influences the product data you need to select.
|Product type||Additional tools|
|Downloadable ebooks||Simple product -> Downloadable||Provide with the Downloadable files, and set the Download limits and expiry|
|Physical books||Simple product||Provide with the Shipping conditions like weight, dimensions, and the shipping class|
So, now, we suppose that you can create a product catalog and list all the books with WooBeWoo Product Table plugin. Let’s stop on the filtering and navigation options.
Why do you need to create a positive filtering experience
If you ever buy something on the Internet, hence it is an extra question. Filtering provides users with a number of benefits:
- Break down the long products lists into manageable results
- Increase a conversion rate
- Improve navigation experience
- Make more sales, etc.
But to achieve that, you have to develop a working system of filters with the right tags. How to do this?
Think about how people search for books, then analyze the sites of the top booksellers, and return to the first step. For example, AbeBooks.com makes filters by the recommendations and genre. Also, they provide users with extended search opportunities like a search by:
Another example is Amazon. They filter the books by:
- Award Winners
- Customer review, etc.
What is the difference between sorting, searching, and filtering
Sorting: put all the data in a particular order and does not remove entries from the data set. You can choose the parameter by which you want to filter, for example, by price, by date, etc.
Filtering: according to a chosen filter, it removes all the data that does not match. Usually, you can filter by the several parameters at once.
Searching: it suggests that you want to find a particular product which consists of the defined word, sentence or paragraph.
What can you do with the WooBeWoo Product Table plugin? – All. And we will show you how.
How to add filtering, sorting, search options
In the WooBeWoo Product Table plugin you can create by categories and attributes.
- Navigate to WooCommerce -> Products -> Categories to create a new Category like Business, Fantasy
- Navigate to WooCommerce -> Products -> Attributes to create a new Attribute like book language
- Go to WooCommerce -> Products -> Attributes -> Configure terms to add new terms for the Attribute like English, Russian
Learn how to create new Categories and Attributes
After that, navigate to WooCommerce -> Products -> Add New. And add your books with the categories and attributes.
So, now you can create a table with WooBeWoo Product Table plugin.
- Navigate to the plugin menu
- Click Add New Table plugin
- Enter product table name
- Add products
- Go to Settings -> Features and enable Sorting, Searching, Attribute and Category filters.
Sorting, Searching, Attribute and Category filters
Here is the result.
Also, you can add extended filters with WooBeWoo Product Filter plugin.