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In Focus
Linking to Search Results
By Ahmed Saad, Technology Matrix Group - Copyright 2001
Miva Merchant standard search considers all entered criteria as "and".  So when you search for this and that you will only get products that have all three words.

For common search criteria that you think your customers may be looking for, or interested in, you can create a direct link from one of the main landing pages directly to those search results.  This way, you customers will click on that link and find a list of products that you want them to take a look at.  The following is a sample string to use for your search:

http://www.giftbox.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?
Screen=SRCH&Store_Code=giftbox&
Search=radio+controlled+clock

This is a search for "radio controlled clock" on our site.

You will need to change all the green text with your  information.   The first line is the URL for your Miva front page.  You will need to change giftbox in the second line to your store code.  If you are not sure what it is, click on any category in your store and check the URL generated and see what comes after "Store_Code" till the first "&" and that will be your store code.  In the third line you can see the search criteria we used.  Replace each word with a word you need and separate the words with "+".  You can use as many words as you want.

Make sure you put the whole string as the linking URL.  We put them in three lines for display purposes but you will need the whole string as the HREF.

To have more targeted links to "pre-made" searches you can put certain words or codes in the product description.  You can have such words hidden as comment tags in HTML as follows: <!--code1, code2, code3, etc.--> and that way, while the example search above will pick up all the clocks, and radios, and the sought for "radio controlled clocks", a unique code inserted in all the radio controlled clock pages and used as a search criteria will bring only the radio controlled clocks.   If you have a code for "radio controlled" and use it for the search, the return form will show all radio controlled items including clocks, watches, or anything else.  It will skip radio sets, or clocks that are not radio controlled.

 

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