Hello Algolia and other members,
I have been asked by Matthieu Dumont to join your forum so that I could share my opinions with you, as well as to get some help to solve some minor issues I am having.
But let me start with my 6 feature requests to be considered:
1- Hiding products based on their tags. For example, we can exclude some tags in order to hide all products associated with these tags from search. This is very handy for products (which are not supposed to be showing up on the website) that are set as visible, but users cannot find them using the website’s navigation/collections. Examples are: Service products which should appear in Cart such as “Free Samples”, “Priority Handling”, “insurance”, etc… These items are added to our website as individual products, but not to be purchased alone on their own. Unfortunately, we can’t make them invisible because it is required that they are visible so that they show up in Cart as well as check out (By the way, we are using Shopify if someone wonders).
2- Exclude collections/pages for pretty much the same reasons specified in the point above. Some collections/pages are not supposed to be searched for. For example Searching “Team” shows our “Meet Our Team” page as an item with a zero “Null” value and without a photo. This is not a nice thing, nor it is meant to be shown in the search.
3- Autocorrect misspelt words or similar words instead of having us to manually build our own dictionary for the vocabulary of words we might think the users are going to misspell. Some of the other competitors already have this feature built-in, so why can’t you do it?
4- Show “Compare to Price” in search results side by side with the original price, so that the users can have a better understanding of the appropriate discount value for each item.
5- Ensure mobile compatibility. While I haven’t checked out this matter in full, it does not seem to be that your search engine works on mobile search button the same way as the desktop. The users on mobile browsers are still required to click on the search field, input data, then get results on the second page instead of having the instant search working. You really need to look into this and make sure that search’s suggestions would appear nicely on any mobile view without obstructing other elements or going off the space available on their limited browsing space. Take a look at Searchandise and see how nicely they solved this problem.
6- Show products recommendation for similar products that the searchers might be willing to look for, especially when they search for something and they found nothing in search results.