What are search filters and custom fields?

Search filters (previously called tags) and custom fields are two powerful ways to customize your store locator.

Search filters

A search filter identifies a certain yes/no attribute that's shared by some (or all) of your stores. Once you create a filter, you can apply it to one or more of your stores. Some common uses are:

  • Tagging stores with individual products they stock (e.g. Shampoo, Body Wash, and Curling Iron)
  • Tagging stores with product lines (e.g. Bath Products and Fragrances)
  • Tagging stores based on store features (e.g. In-Store Demonstrations Available or Custom Fitting Servces)
  • Tagging stores based on type (e.g. Distributor or Retailer or Salon)

When you create a filter, it's added to the search form of your locator as a checkbox:

Visitors can click one or more checkboxes to show only stores that have one or more specific filters.

A store's filters will also be displayed in the store list and in the map popup:

It's possible to customize the appearance of each filter individually to hide the search option and/or the display in each store listing. For more details, see our full article on using search filters.

Custom fields

Stockist comes with built-in fields that you can set for each store, like name, address, phone number, and website. But what if you need to list other information like a fax number, a Facebook page, store hours, or something else?

That's where custom fields come in - you can create your own fields that will show up alongside the built-in ones. When you create a field you pick the name that'll appear for all stores (e.g. Fax Number or Facebook Page), then you can set the field to a separate value for each store.

Here's an example of an account that has created two custom fields called Featuring and Accepts:

Note that one field can have different values for different stores. If you don't enter anything for a particular store, the field won't show up under that store in the locator.

For more details, see our full article on using custom fields.