page last edited on 19 March 2018
The addon Make/Model/Year is intended primarily for sellers of auto parts and/or moto parts, but can be used by any seller who can benefit from allowing shoppers to find products in their store catalog by Year, Make, Model or any additional fields configured with the help of this addon. For example, this approach may be handy if selling things like computers, copiers, smartphones and so on.
The addon can be used to configure up to four levels of filtering for the inventory.
The filters configured using the Make/Model/Year addon will show up on all the pages of your online store. A shopper searching for parts for their vehicle will be able to select the make, model, year and engine they require using the convenient selectors. The search results will be provided to them as a list of products with the characteristics that have been specified.
Note that “Make”, “Model”, “Year” and “Engine” are just the names used by default; you can change them as you require, as well as change the number of filtering levels that should be used (like use only three levels instead of four).
The store will be able to “remember” the filter selections for non-registered/non logged in visitors.
Registered customers will also be able to save the information about their vehicle in their account profile using the Remember my vehicle checkbox. Next time they shop at your store they will be able to see the parts for their specific vehicle right away without the need to adjust the filters.
- Make/Model/Year Addon Installation and Setup
- Filter Levels Setup
- Level info Page Setup
- Make/Model/Year Addon Data Import/Export
- Make/Model/Year Selection Statistics
Make/Model/Year Addon Installation and Setup
To start using the addon, make sure it is installed and enabled. The addon can be obtained from the X-Cart App Store. General addon installaton instructions can be found in the section Installing Addons from the X-Cart App Store.
Once the addon has been installed and enabled, go to the addon settings page to configure it.
The addon settings are as follows:
|Number of levels to be used in the filter (2,3,4)||Here you can choose from 2 to 4 filter levels that you’ll set up for your products.|
|Name of level X||The default filter names are preset to Make/Model/Year/Engine, but you can set any filter name you like better instead.|
|Maximum banner width||Set the width of a banner that will be displayed on the Level Info page. The preset value is 500.|
|Maximum banner height||Set the height of a banner that will be displayed on the Level Info page. The preset value is 200.|
|Use separate tab for the fitment on the product page||If this is enabled, the information on all the vehicles for which the part can be used will be displayed in a separate Fitment tab on the product details page on the storefront. If this is disabled, the info will be displayed in the main Description tab.|
|Level X sorting||Choose the order of the search results representation for the level.|
With the option Use separate tab for the fitment on the product page enabled, each product will have a separate Fitment tab that will be displayed on the product details page both in the store back end and on the storefront.
Filter Levels Setup
Once the Make/Model/Year addon settings have been configured, you can proceed to configuring the filters you require and specifying which products should match these filters.
To configure the filters:
In your X-Cart store back end, go to the section Catalog -> Make/Model/Year/Engine.
Add the filters of Level 1. If you have chosen to use the name “Make” for Level 1 filters, these will be the different “Makes” that you have in your catalog.
If you are using a different name for the filters of Level 1, you will see that name used instead of “Make”.
To add a filter at this level, click on the New Make button; on the new line that appears, specify the name of the Make (or whatever other filter you are configuring). Save the changes.
After adding the filters you require at Level 1, you can proceed to configuring the following level of filters (Level 2). For example, after adding a Make, you need to add Models for that make. To do so, click on the Manage Model link opposite the Make name and add the positions you require at this level.
Configuring the filters for Level 3 and Level 4 (“Year”, “Engine” or whatever other names you are using for them) needs be done using the same method.
After all the filter levels you require have been configured, specify the products that should match the filters when a shopper uses them to search for products. At the very last step you will get the link Manage Products. Use this link to go to the section where you will be able to add products.
If the products are already in your store, you will be able to specify which products need to go here. Start by clicking the ‘Add product’ button. A list of your products will be displayed in a popup. Select the products that match the filters you have configured.
If the products have not been added to your store catalog yet, you can add them by CSV import. For details, see the section Make/Model/Year Addon Data Import/Export further below.
Level info Page Setup
Starting from Level 2 (Model), each sublevel has a special Level info page, that if configured will be displayed on the storefront depending on the selected filters. It is especially useful if you want to provide your customers with additional information on the Make, Model or particular vehicle when they select it. Due to flexible settings, you can set the same page, for example, for all models and years or a separate page for each model (and even year). Using a simple interface you can set the page Title, Image and Description.
When a customer clicks to filter the parts, they will be redirected to the corresponding landing page (Level info page) with its own name, image and information. This page will also contain the list of spare parts for the vehicle specified by the customer.
If the Level page is not configured for a sublevel, the addon will display search results based on the filters specified by the customer.
Make/Model/Year Addon Data Import/Export
The Make/Model/Year addon data can be exported via the Catalog -> Export section:
If you need to include product SKU data into the export file, use the export option Products with Make/Model/Year/Engine (products-mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file format). The export option Make/Model/Year/Engine listing gives all the same export data except for the product SKU (mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv).
A data import for the Make/Model/Year addon can also be done in two different ways: with or without SKU.
The fields that should be added to a products-mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file to populate the addon with products should be as follows:
The fields’ names in the products-mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file should correspond with the level names you set on the Make/Model/Year addon settings page.
If the value ALL is specified for a field, the SKU will be added to all existing level values (works for predefined levels only).
e.g. make/model/year : all/A5/2012
In this case new items will be added to all existing Make levels (make1/A5/2012, … makeNN/A5/2012). You can even import values as make/model/year: all,all,all and the SKU will be added to all existing Make/Model/Year levels.
You CAN upload products to the addon even without configuring the addon levels beforehand. The levels and their values will be added to the Catalog -> Make/Model/Year/Engine section automatically from the products-mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file you imported.
The fields that should be added to a mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file to populate the addon with products should be as follows:
The fields’ names in the mmy-YYYY-MM-DD.csv file should correspond with the level names you set on the Make/Model/Year addon settings page and should have the REAL level values (the value ALL can’t be used here).
You CAN’T upload products to the addon without configuring the addon levels beforehand.
Make/Model/Year Selection Statistics
The visitors’ selection statistics can be tracked in a special section of the store Admin area (Catalog -> M/M/Y/E selection statistics):
There the store administrator can review the visitors’ preferences for a certain period (last day/week/month) and maintain the store inventory accordingly.
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