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How to Easily Filter Shopify Collections Using Multiple Tags

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    Entaice Braintrust

Hey there! So you’re diving into the depths of Shopify, trying to spruce up an online store by tweaking how visitors explore your collections. Maybe your store has grown (kudos!), and now you’ve got enough products that your customers need a smoother way to sift through them. Using tags to filter collections can make your store not only easier to navigate but also appear more organized—leading to a better shopping experience. Let’s unpack how you can do that without feeling like you’re trying to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded.

Why Would You Need Multiple Tags for Filtering?

Imagine walking into a massive department store looking for socks. You find the clothing section easily enough, but there’s a catch: everything’s in one big pile. Nightmare, right? This is why we need sorting and categorization, not just in physical stores but in digital ones as well.

By using multiple tags in Shopify, you can create a more nuanced browsing experience. Customers can hone in on exactly what they want by combining filters like 'size', 'color', 'material', and 'brand'. This method helps customers quickly find what they are looking for, potentially reducing frustration and improving sales.

Getting Started with Tagging

First off, make sure each of your products in Shopify is tagged appropriately. Tags are essentially keywords associated with a product. If you sell clothing, each item might have tags like Red, Cotton, XL, Men’s, and Hoodie. The richer the tagging, the more flexible your filtering becomes.

How to Set Up Filtering in Shopify

Shopify’s basic setup allows for some level of filtering but getting into multiple tag filtering directly on a Shopify store without a bit of extra work isn’t straightforward. You often need to handle some customization yourself or use an app from the Shopify App Store.

Method 1: Customizing Your Theme’s Code

If you’re comfortable fiddling with code, or feeling adventurous enough to try, here’s a brief rundown:

  1. Backup your theme. Mistakes happen when you’re tinkering with code. Always have a rollback plan.
  2. Edit your theme code. You’ll want to access the collection-template.liquid file in your theme. This file handles the layout for your collection pages.
  3. Implement a tagging filter. You can add input checkboxes or dropdowns for each tag category you want. You’ll also need some JavaScript to handle when users select multiple tags—essentially, you filter the collection page dynamically based on selected tags.
<!-- Example of adding simple checkboxes for tag filtering -->
<label><input type="checkbox" name="tag" value="Red"> Red</label>
<label><input type="checkbox" name="tag" value="Cotton"> Cotton</label>

document.querySelectorAll('input[name="tag"]').forEach(input => {
    input.addEventListener('change', function() {
        let selectedTags = Array.from(document.querySelectorAll('input[name="tag"]:checked')).map(el => el.value);

function redirectToFilteredCollection(tags) {
    let baseUrl = '/collections/all';
    if (tags.length) {
        baseUrl += '/' + tags.join('+');
    window.location.href = baseUrl;

Method 2: Using an App

If code sounds like a chore, there are plenty of apps on the Shopify App Store that can handle this for you:

  • Product Filter & Search: This app allows you to create powerful filters based on various criteria including tags.
  • Smart Product Filter: Another great choice that supports filtering by tags and other attributes.

Making It User-Friendly

Just adding tags and filters doesn’t complete the task. Make sure the tags are straightforward and your filters are easy to use. A cluttered or confusing filter interface can be as frustrating as no filters at all.

  • Be consistent with tagging. Similar products should be tagged in a consistent manner to avoid confusion.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm your users with too many options right away. Start with a few key tag categories and expand as needed based on feedback.
  • Test and get feedback. See how actual users interact with your filters and make adjustments based on their experiences.

Wrapping Up

Filtering your Shopify collections using multiple tags doesn’t just help your customers find products faster; it can genuinely elevate your store’s professionalism and curb the chaos of choice. Whether you’re tech-savvy enough to tweak code or prefer using an app, setting this up can set your store apart in the bustling market of e-commerce. Don’t forget, this is all about making shopping engaging and enjoyable—you want customers to feel like they've effortlessly found exactly what they want, not just stumbled upon it.