Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Earlier today, we released our new Site Search beta and Catalog API beta. The new Site Search beta is available for all Yahoo! Merchant Solutions and Yahoo! Store accounts, and the Catalog API beta is available for Merchant Solutions Standard and Professional accounts. For details about each of these features, please keep reading.
New Site Search (Beta Release)
Our new Site Search beta offers a number of features designed for better merchandising on your search results page and an improved search experience for your customers. When you enable the new Site Search beta for your store, customers can:
- Add items to their cart directly from the search results page
- View search results as a grid or a list, and choose the number of results they wish to see per page
- Refine their search results using the filters you choose to enable, such as brand*, price, and category
- Search for items within a specific category, or search all categories
- Sort search results by relevance or price
* Please note that the brand filter is supported for Yahoo! Merchant Solutions accounts only, as this filter requires brand data to be available in Catalog Manager. (The Catalog Manager feature is not available for Yahoo! Store accounts.)
View search results as a grid or a list
You may also customize your Site Search settings using the new Site Search Settings page. Choose default display settings and customize the visual appearance of the search results page, show or hide the "Add to Cart" button and non-orderable items in search results, enable search filters and define the order in which they appear on the search results page, and more.
If you’re using Editor 2.0 templates or custom templates, along with enabling the new Site Search from the Site Search Settings page, you must also review search page header, footer, and CSS information that will be populated into new Search-page-header, Search-page-footer, and Search-page-css variables on the Variables page in Store Editor. Note: These variables will be available once you’ve selected the enable option on the Site Search Settings page. Learn more.
Customize your search settings using the Site Search Settings page
After you’ve selected the enable setting for the new Site Search, previewing your search results page in Store Editor is strongly recommended. In order to see a full preview on the site search preview page, you must perform a search that matches multiple items in your store. (Searches that match only a single item may result in your selected search filters not displaying in the search filters module.)
Once you’re ready to implement the new Site Search on your live site, you must perform a full Store Editor publish. After the new Site Search has been enabled on your live site, you may use the "Publish Search Settings" button on the Site Search Settings page or in Store Editor to publish updates to your site search settings. Note: If you update your site search settings and save your changes, but do not publish them using the "Publish Search Settings" button on the Site Search Settings page or in Store Editor, these saved changes will be published to your live site when you perform a Store Editor publish.
To get started with the new Site Search beta, click the "Site Search Settings" link in the Edit column of Store Manager. To learn more about this new feature, please visit our online help section.
Catalog API (Beta Release)
The new Catalog API is available for Merchant Solutions Standard and Professional accounts (Catalog Manager required). This API lets partners manage your product catalog through web service calls, and allows you to integrate your product catalog with third-party catalog management systems. Using the Catalog API, you can create, update, and delete items, as well as search and retrieve information from your product catalog.
Only authenticated partners who have provided you with a valid partner ID can use the Catalog API. If you’ve previously granted a partner access to our Order, Payment, or Checkout APIs, you can easily add Catalog API access using the API Settings tool, located in the Real-Time Links section of Store Manager. If you wish to grant new partners access to the Catalog API, learn how partners can apply for a partner ID.
For Catalog API documentation and XSD information, please see our API documentation in online help.
As we look ahead to a busy and successful holiday shopping season, the team here at Yahoo! Small Business would like to thank you for your continued business and the opportunity to bring you these new features. We look forward to bringing you more great features and enhancements starting again in early 2012.