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SniperFast Prestashop general configuration

Once installed, if will be possible to configure and manage the module settings from the Catalog > SniperFast menu in your Prestashop backoffice.

Configuration screen will show you a language selector that will shows all your website active languages. Make sure you select the language you would like to configure SniperFast before starting.

Module is then divided in 4 sub-sections. In order to perform a quick setup, here are the mandatory operations to execute :

  1. Correctly configure all fields in the “General” tab (and optionally Features, Synonims and product filters to export).
  2. Perform a first datafeed export from the “Export” tab
  3. Verify the correct behaviour of SniperFast service from your homepage serachbar.
  4. Setup a daily cronjob on your server to keep the search index up-to-date.

Modules tab

1. General

Here you will have to insert credentials and basic configuration regarding the searchbar where SniperFast should be installed.

Make sure to properly compile the following fields :

Key: Insert here the activation key (code) you have received when subscribing the service, make sure to carefully copy the whole string, avoid inserting unwanted spaces or characters.

Index name: Inserrt here the index name you have received when subscribing the service, make sure to carefully copy the whole string, avoid inserting unwanted spaces or characters.

Desktop search bar: Insert here the name of the
search bar in your website home page where you would like the SniperFast component to appear. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our technical support if you have trouble In finding that.

Mobile search bar: If your template comes with a custom mobile theme / search bar, insert here the dedicated
, otherwise leave this field empty and SniperFast will adapt itself accordingly.

Export only products with stock: Select YES / NO if you would like SniperFast to only return active / in stock products.

Image format: Detemine the image format to use in products thumbnails used by SniperFast. If you don’t have any particular theme, we suggest you to use the “Home_default” format.

Free shipping from: In this field you can optionally specify a minimum price value which will cause the search engine to show a “Free shipping” banner inside the product square in frontend.

Export reviews: By enabling this field you will export data needed to show “reviews” in your products. Sniperfast already provides support for a majority of review services. Contact us by reporting your system and we will check with you for a solution to export those data.

Synchronize products on save: By enabling this option , your product will be immediatly added / updated on search engine upon Prestashop save.

Dedicated page

Enable dedicated page for search results: By enabling this option you can use SniperFast as default for your website search result page, that will take over the Prestashop standard search. Here you can also choose the name and slug (link url) for the page itself.

Redirect to the page dedicated to clicking on the button of the search bar: if the search bar contains a button that refers to the results page (typically the classic magnifying glass) it is possible to make the click redirect to the page created by the module . In this way the results will be consistent with what is shown on the starting page and the site will not be burdened with the search, given that the Sniperfast service will continue to be exploited.

Aspect

(Only for Prestashop 1.6 ) : In the “General” tab you will also find some useful informations related to your Prestashop search configuration, especially you will see the status of the “Ajax Search” (to be disabled), of the instant search (to be disabled too) and of the “Move javascript to the end” (to be enabled for improved performance). Those configurations can be fine-tuned in the “Preferences => Search” and “Advanced Parameters => Performance” in your backoffice.

Hide categories: activate this option to hide the category filter in the search results pane.

Hide manufacturers: activate this option to hide the category filter in the search results pane.

2. Features

From this tab you can select the features you want to show as search filters in the left menu in SniperFast. Features will be processed by the Sniperfast engine and shown as a list with checkboxes or numeric sliders based on their values.
If changes are made in this section it is necessary to export a new search index from the “Export” tab

3. Attributes and filters order position

From this tab you can select the attributes group you want to show as search filters in the left menu in SniperFast. Features will be showed as checkbox in the frontend search engine filter.
If changes are made in this section it is necessary to export a new search index from the “Export” tab

The “Filters Position” tab allows you to change the order of the advanced search filters. Just move them and the new setting will be saved automatically.

4. Synonims

Optionally you can specify some synonims that should be consided when performing a searh query – They should be comma separated, ie:

t-max, tmax, t max
computer, calculator, pc
etc.

When the user writes a word in the search (example “computer”) the SniperFast system will extend the search to all the words entered as synonym, giving priority of results first to the corresponding one (“computer”), then to subsequent ones (“calculator “,”computer”).

The synonyms can be entered directly on the screen (from the “TEXT” tab) or by uploading a file (via the “FILE” tab).
At the end of the upload it will be necessary to export a new data file (from the EXPORT menu) so that they are processed and made available in the search.

5. CSS Rules

In this tab it is possible to add some custom CSS rules, related to the frontend search component visualization style.

A typical rule, that will allow you to customize the position of the SniperFast windows related to the homepage search bar , is :

@media (min-width: 993px) {      
 #sniperfast_body { top: YOUR VALUEpx !important; }
 } 

You will have to edit YOUR VALUE with the number of pixels needed to correct the height of the search box according to your website template, usually starting from a value of 100.

Lower values will move the search box to the top, higher values will move the search box to the bottom.

6. Products

In this tab it is possible to exclude certain products from the search engine. Products will be excluded during data export, therefore a new index will have to be regenerated in case of changes.

7. Categories

In this tab you can exclude products belonging to certain categories from the search engine. The products will be detected considering the default category and excluded during data export, therefore a new index will have to be regenerated in case of changes

8. Manufacturers

In this tab it is possible to exclude products belonging to selected manufacturers from the search engine. Products will be excluded during data export, therefore a new index will have to be regenerated in case of changes.

9. Suppliers

In this tab it is possible to exclude products belonging to selected suppliers from the search engine. Products will be excluded during data export, therefore a new index will have to be regenerated in case of changes.

10. Statistics

This tab allows you to view statistics related to your customers search. Data will be updated on daily basis and could be filtered by starting date and country (obtained by geolocation).

It is also possible to exclude one ore more IPs from search results, by inserting them on the box on the top of the page.

Tab is divided in several panels:

GENERAL: Will show you the number of searchs and percentage relatd to the total requests of the current month

SEARCH TERMS: Will show you the most relevant search terms used by your customers, that returned at least one result.

SEARCH TERMS – NO RESULTS: Will show you the most relevant search terms used by your customers, that returned no results.

TOTAL SEARCHES: Will show you the total search numbers, splitted by day.

TOP CLICKED PRODUCTS: Will show you the most clicked products by your customers. Since this functionality had been included from module version 1.2.5, you will need to wait at least 24 hrs after the update in order
to receive first statistics.

11. Export

From this tab it is possible to export the data necessary for SniperFast to index the search. The export can be launched manually (via the “Export” button on the page) or via cron (with the link indicated in the “Cron” tab).

We recommend setting a daily cron to keep the list of indexed products updated automatically.
The module offers two types of CRON:

  • standard: in this mode the export starts and continues until the server limits are reached. If your machine is able to run an operation for 60 seconds, then the CRON will run for that time, then stop. If this period of time is not sufficient to complete the export, a red notice will appear on the form next to “Last export status”. It will therefore be necessary to set as many CRONs on the server as needed to complete the export successfully. In the example provided, the second CRON should be set 1 minute after the first.
  • advanced: this mode is reserved for expert users, who have access to the configuration parameters of their server. Using the command provided by the module, it is possible to make sure that the export takes place in a single operation, regardless of the processing time limits of your site.

In this screen it is also possible to obtain statistical data relating to the performance of your server (“Export Info” tab) and the last indexing carried out (Index Info).

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