Refinement Bar Customization

You can customize the refinement bar to change the order in which results appear, the look and feel of the search refinement bar, or how many refinements a customer can select simultaneously.

Changing the Order in Which Search Refinements Appear

When creating refinements, you set the order in which the entries within the refinements appear by selecting one of the following sorts:

You can define search result refinements within a specific category in the storefront, such as category refinements, price refinements or attribute refinements.


The following example shows the results of the three sorting modes. Assume that the Site Catalog, with sorted subcategories is as follows:

Women's Clothing
Women's Accessories
Women's Jewelry

The customer searches for "silver".

If the category refinement is... Then the sorted order is... The hit count is...
Sorted by Value Name (alphabetical) Women's Accessories (56)
Women's Clothing (235)
Women's Jewelry (12)
Sorted by Value Count Women's Clothing (235)
Women's Accessories (56)
Women's Jewelry (12)
Sorted by Category Position Women's Clothing (235)
Women's Jewelry (12)
Women's Accessories (56)

Changing the Appearance of the Refinement Bar

Developers can change the appearance of the refinement bar using the productsearchrefinebar.isml template. Developers can change the placement of the refinement bar by editing any of the pagetype templates that wrap the search results: pt_contentsearchresult.isml or pt_productsearchresult.isml.

The standard search refinements are available for all categories. In addition, you can add up to five search refinements per category and inherit refinements from parent categories. The most significant restriction on the number of search refinements you choose to have is the amount of page space you want to devote to the refinement bar.

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