Faceted navigation can be used to filter or refine a set of search results, allowing users to quickly drill down on items or sub-sections of interest within a search that may contain hundreds of thousands of results.
Faceted navigation is designed to help users refine their search by providing a set of filters that are applicable to the set of search results returned by the search query.
Facets contain categories and the default display shows a count of matching results for each category. Categories without any matching results are hidden, preventing users from running a search that returns no results.
Facets and category values
A facet represents a way in which your documents can be categorised (e.g. job, location or author).
Category values are the individual values that can be filtered on.
Author is the facet while
Bob are the category values that the user might select to restrict the documents to.
Funnelback supports five types of facets. Each type allows a user to filter the result set.
The types differ by providing choice in how the filtering is applied – allowing filtering on single or multiple categories and providing options on how the filters are combined and how they apply to the result set.
Allows a user to filter the result set using a single category value chosen from the facet. Upon selection the facet displays only the selected category value.
This is sometimes referred to as a hierarchical facet.
Allows a user to filter the result set using a single category value chosen from the facet. After the filter is applied sub-categories may be displayed for the facet.
This is sometimes referred to a multi-select or checkbox faceting.
Allows a user to filter the result set using multiple categories from the same facet. The categories can be combined using either AND or OR logic.
Sometimes also referred to as a radio facet.
Allows a user to filter the result set on a single category. The set of categories remain present after the filter is applied allowing a user to toggle through the different category values.
This is a special type of facet that is presented as a series of tabs. It is designed to allow a search to be separated into a series of tabs, with other facets then being used to further filter the result set. Because of this the tab facet isn’t treated the same way as other facets, and the selected tab does not appear within the list of selected facets.
The custom facet type allows the creation of a facet with a custom combination of configuration options and category sources.
Facet categories are derived from a number of sources:
- URL patterns
- URL path or directory structure
- results from a query
- source collection
- numerical range
Various options are available for facet categories including:
Configuring faceted navigation
The administration interface is used to define the set of facets that are available for a frontend service.
Displaying faceted navigation
The display of faceted navigation is normally handled by code within the Freemarker template that iterates over the faceted navigation. Faceted navigation is also (as of v15.12) represented in the data model and can be easily accessed for search deployments that integrate with Funnelback's JSON or XML endpoints.
Faceted navigation configuration API
Faceted navigation configuration can be edited using via the Funnelback admin API.
To see and interact with the available API calls access the to
view API UI option from the
system menu within the administration interface.
The individual API calls are documented in the