Recommendations on BigCommerce

Introduction

The Recommendations widget is a self-generated list of product suggestions in online stores. It allows customers to explore your products quicker and easier. As a result, it skyrockets your sales. You can add Recommendations to different pages of your online store, for example, Home, Category, Brand, Product, Search results, Cart.

An example of the Recommendations widget:

Recommendations on BigCommerce

Types of Recommendations

Type Description Pages for placing
New Products Includes recently added products. Any page
Featured Products Includes products selected manually. Any page
Similar Products Includes products that are similar to the currently viewed product by category. If the product is assigned to several categories, the widget selects a random one. The widget displays random products from the category. Product page
Products by Attribute Includes random products from the selected category or random products with the selected tag or product attribute. Any page

Add Recommendations

To add the Recommendations widget, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Recommendations section.
  2. Click the + button in the top-right corner. 
  3. Select the type of widget.
    1. For the Featured Products type, add products that will be displayed in the widget.

      Recommendations on BigCommerce

    2. For the Similar Products type, select a category based on which the products will be displayed.
    3. For the Products by Attribute type, select a product detail and its value in the Based on option based on which the products will be displayed.
  4. Optionally, change the Title.
  5. Click the Create widget button in the top-right corner.

Recommendations on BigCommerce

That’s it. Your new widget is created. As a result, you will see the code which you can insert into your theme template. Next, follow these instructions to add recommendation widgets to your theme files.

Hide/Show Recommendations

To hide/show Recommendations, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Recommendations section.
  2. Click the Edit recommendations button in the top-right corner.
  3. Change the status of the widget from Active to Hidden or vice versa.
  4. Click the Save changes button.

Edit Recommendations

To edit the Recommendations widget, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Recommendations section.
  2. Click the Edit link next to the widget you want to change. 
  3. Change the options.
  4. Click the Save widget button.

Delete Recommendations

To delete the Recommendations widget, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Recommendations section.
  2. Click the Edit link next to the widget you want to delete. 
  3. Click the Delete widget button and confirm the deleting action.

The settings of the widget

There are the general settings for all Recommendations widgets, you can manage them in the Settings tab.

Setting Description
Show button

Choose what kind of button to show for the product in the Recommendation widgets or hide the button. 

There are the following options:

  • View product  opens the product page as clicking anywhere on a product card would. It is more of a call to action.
  • Add to the card  adds a product to the cart.
  • Quick view  opens the Quick view pop-up window with product details.

Quick view is available starting from the PRO subscription plans. It also works only on desktop devices. On mobile devices, the View product button will be displayed.

Use custom CSS You can use this feature to store and apply your own CSS rules for customizing the Recommendation widgets.

The image below shows CSS schematics. You can use it for customization.

Recommendations on BigCommerce

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Updated on May 18, 2022

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