Faceted navigation for e-commerce
November 19, 2010 8:14 AM Subscribe
I'm going to be helping a friend set up a small web store. I'm already pretty comfortable with Wordpress, somewhat comfortable with Drupal, so I'd prefer to use one of those plus a shopping-cart plugin. I've got some particular requirements.
posted by adamrice to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the tricky part: most e-commerce systems seem oriented around cataloguing a bunch of different products with a few variations. She essentially sells one product—handmade journals—with many variations, some of which affect the price—size, page count, paper type, binding color.
Ideally, I want to represent this faceted structure in the back end—from what I've seen, the various e-commerce plugins nudge me toward creating a tree structure to represent all the product variations.
Even if I do wind up using a tree structure to represent the products in the back end, I want to be able to present customers with a faceted navigation system—where you'd be able to pick all the various options independently without navigating through a tree.
I've looked through previous AskMe questions on Wordpress, Drupal, and e-commerce, which have been very educational, but haven't found quite the right thing yet. I'd prefer to use something that interacts with Wordpress (I've themed it before, and I'll need to develop a theme for this project), but I'm open to learning something new.