We’ve already told a lot about layered navigation, but it is still not enough to close the topic; so today, we’d like to introduce you to AheadWorks Layered Navigation – another time-proven tool that can essentially improve the default user experience of both Magento 2 and 1.
Note that the navigation of Magento 1 and 2 is slightly different, so both modules introduce unique functionality, but still have the same goal. Below, we will pay a more closer attention to the AheadWorks Layered Navigation Magento 2 extension, but you can still use this review to get a deeper insight into the appropriate Magento 1 module.
Install the Magento 2 Layered Navigation module, and it will automatically apply functionality improvements to native navigation. As a Magento admin, you only have to deal with just a few optional features. As for the module, it eliminates page reloads when your customers apply filters, shows the number of results for each configuration, as well as lets store visitors decide when they are ready to reload. Besides, the AheadWorks Layered Navigation Magento 2 extension adds new filters, so product selection may be easily narrowed down to show discounted, new, or in-stock items. Another great feature is attribute multiselect: several attributes of the same filter may be selected simultaneously.
The module is available under Stores -> Configuration -> AheadWorks Extensions -> Layered Navigation.
You only have to specify whether the extension should display three new filters or not. Activate New, On Sale, and In Stock filters to streamline the full potential of the AheadWorks Layered Navigation Magento 2 module.
After a customer picks an attribute, the extension displays a popover showing how many items match the selection. Then, he or she can continue selecting attributes even within a single category (the popover will be updated each time a new attribute is selected).
The same is about three new filters:
Layered Navigation 1.1
- Code and Structure Refactoring. This version of the extension gets rid of excessive and precarious code elements making extension updates and integration smooth and simple. The module is covered by unit tests.
- Full AJAX Support. Results of filtering are displayed using AJAX that makes data retrievement much faster and stable even suitable for the stores containing up to 10K+ products.
- Less Styles. The version starts using LESS that makes the Layered Navigation extension good and ready for Magento theme integrations.
Layered Navigation 1.2
Disable “Show X Items” popover. Ability to get filtering results on the go.
Layered Navigation 1.3
Price Slider and From-to Inputs. The price product attribute can be filtered using either the price slider of from-to fields.
Layered Navigation 1.4
- Shop by Brand Integration. The integration with the Shop by Brand extensions allows Layered Navigation to take advantage of new product filtering and display facilities.
Although the default navigation of Magento 2 has been essentially enhanced in comparison with the first version of the popular ecommerce platform, but there is still room for improvement. Luckily, AheadWorks has a robust tool that will help you make user experience related to navigation on your Magento 2 website much better. Let your customers find what they are looking for without reloads and unnecessary items! If you are a Magento 1 merchant, don’t hesitate to install the appropriate Magento 1 module, since the navigation on the first version of our favourite ecommerce platform requires improvements even more.
As for prices, Layered Navigation for Magento 2 costs $449 with standard free installation, 180 days of support, and personal account manager included. And if you are a company’s Magento 1 client, you can ask for a 50% discount.
In its turn, Magento 1 module has a lower price tag – $139, but you have to pay for installation, extended support, and additional features (brand selection).