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Layered Navigation for Magento 1

Optimizes navigation, adds new search options

  • Navigation menu adjusts to the current location
  • Variety of filter types: checkbox, slider, etc.
  • Filter customization is possible from backend
  • AJAX technology updates the page with no reloads
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Magento Layered Navigation Overview

As an online store manager it is in your interest to provide the shortest route possible between the customer and his product of choice. Every time there is a delay, an additional exit point is created and your customers flee the store in favor of a more user-friendly competition.

There is any number of things you may introduce to improve the way customers browse your store, but the most effective adjustment by far is the introduction of Magento Layered Navigation. The extension adds a navigation menu and allows customers narrowing search results down to relevant items.

Layered Navigation Features

Flexible criteria
Depending on the criterion type, it can be set up as a checkbox, a radio button, a range slider, or a “from - to” filter. Moreover, navigation menu changes automatically depending on your location within the store, so that only relevant criteria are visible to the customer. Specific criteria could be further eliminated from certain locations by admin himself.

AJAX updates
Search results are automatically updated every time new criterion is applied - no need to refresh the page. For each search result there is a custom URL, which can be saved by the customer for later use. Additionally, store admin has an opportunity to set up individual keywords for each criteria to be used within custom URLs.

Custom look
Store admin has a freedom to decide how each attribute will look like within navigation menu. Attributes can be given a custom name, supplied with an image, placed in a specific spot on the navigation panel, arranged by columns, etc.

Criteria tips
Each criteria could be accompanied with a help button, providing a brief explanation of what it does.

Solr search engine support (NEW!)
Apply layered navigation functionality to Solr search results (Magento EE) and let visitors find desired items easily.

Add-on features

Advanced Search
In case you have an extensive catalogue and your customers are likely to be shooting in the dark it might be a good idea to give them an opportunity of narrowing initial navigation with a search option. Use our Advanced Search extension to give your customers a jump start and apply Layered Navigation to refine the results.

Brand selection
For many shoppers brand is the single most important characteristic of a product, so it is only natural to give it an appropriate spot. Use our Shop by Brand extension to integrate an attractive brand selection field into your navigation panel.

Integration with other Aheadworks extensions

Using the Layered Navigation extension together with the below Aheadworks products, online merchants get more valuable insights.

Let customers scroll through the product catalog without switching category pages.

Great Product

Review by Hamad | May 9, 2017

Easy to purchase online. Just as easy to download, install and configure on our client site. Good job and well done!

Great Extension, Great Support!

Review by Brian | Jun 20, 2016

I was having trouble installing the extension on a "marketplace" magento, and the technical support team was very kind to respond with trouble shooting. They found the issue and helped me install the extension quick and working well. Thank you so much for such a great product, and I am hoping to look for more of these great extensions from AheadWorks.

Good loocking, things to improve

Review by Razvan | Dec 18, 2015

Is a good extension, but not very flexible. Every store has his own habits, so the hiding and sorting features for example must be full customizable, not with general parameters.
There are some things to develop in order to became the best extension of this kind.
The maintanance team is responsive, this is a strog point.
I should give 4 stars but ... I can't right now. maybe in the next period :-)
Thanks and keep it going!

Does not work with magento responsive version and all Android devices.

Review by Eric | Dec 23, 2014

This module does not work with Magento responsive version and all Android devices. Support team took long time to fix but they could not. I have spent many hours to read their code and fix the issues. Everybody here should consider to buy if your website support mobile version.

Everything was great

Review by Ingenio Software | Sep 24, 2014

Extension that works as promised. Respecting the specifications you can set all kinds of filters. A special praise also to the ticketing service that has solved a problem that is not related to the extension. Really very very satisfied.

Thank you AW!

Review by Beth | Jul 4, 2014

Absolutely happy with this plugin and Aheadworks support! Was initially confused with some options, but looking through the docs and asking a couple of questions was enough. Will certainly be back for more apps from AW!

Cannot handle lots of attributes

Review by Richard | Jun 30, 2014

We installed this on one of our sites which has approx 50,000 products and 2000 unique filterable attributes although only 30 per attribute set on average.

Our dev needed to modify the source code to get the extension to work as the index process was running out of memory even on our high spec dedicated server. The index then took well over 6 hours to complete. When we got it working functionality was good, but performance (speed of filter refresh / selection) was much worse than an alternative product from another Magento extension provider so we went with that. The index time was likely also going to be prohibitive to run in a production environment too.

We would really like Aheadworks to sort out the performance issues for this extension (for large catalogs / attribute numbers) as we would prefer to use this extension than the alternative we currently use as (being an Aheadworks extension) it causes fewer conflicts with our other Aheadworks extensions we have installed on our site.

Great solution from Aheadworks

Review by Dereck | Jun 23, 2014

Want to say “Thank you”! I am really happy with the work of the tool. It does everything that I need. Super fast and very effective

Not working out of the box

Review by Harm Lukas | Jun 17, 2014

Not working out of the box. very frustrating and to expensive for the quality of the program. There are many free programs that work better.

Great Product from even Greater Company!

Review by Eugene | May 21, 2014

Absolutely awesome product. Clean code, super fast and excellent support helping me with installation issues. Highly recommend.

Great Support

Review by Sebastian | May 8, 2014

Our feedback:

+ It is a really great extension with very high support.
+ very helpful
+ boost your shop
- We submit a question for a new and great function but it was not accept...:(

love it

Review by Ludovic | Apr 18, 2014

Great extension and thank you to the aheadworks support team for their help on our custom theme.


Review by Hans D. | Apr 2, 2014

I've been using Aheadworks Layered Navigation for quite a while now, but it's their recent update that made me write this review:)
They added quite a couple of features lately, and these were the EXACT ones I'd been craving for.
Seriously, guys, thank you!

Web designer

Review by Dan | Jan 31, 2014

There's a plenty of Layered Nav exts out there, but now the Big Player is on the field:)
Seriously, I'm utterly happy with the AW Layered Nav, and I don't think I will be using anything else in my projects, for the foreseeable future at least.
Does what it says, and does is brilliantly.

This extension is a great asset to any store!!!!

Review by Kawashi | Jan 23, 2014

I found the extension worked seamlessly with my magento install, and provides my customers with the facility to find products they need in the most simple way. This is a big plus for store owners as they can help users in search of required goods.
The module is built on a solid foundation, and can be styled easily to suit your theme. This extension is definately worth the money, for the features it provides and the time it saves. I can also vouch for the support, as I needed to install the extension on my store and as a bit of a Magento novice I required assistance. The developers were able to provide a quick and elegant solution. Overall, very happy with the extension and the service provided.

great product

Review by tim | Jan 23, 2014

did all we asked and more

Layered Navigation

Review by Gerald Washington | Jan 21, 2014

This product works, its fast efficient easy to install. However, it does not have any built in color swatches so you will have to make your own on PS or AI. but its a must have for all good sites. Coding seems to be clean, and installs in less than 10 minutes if you know what you are doing.


Review by Davide | Dec 17, 2013

As all the other aheadWorks extension we tried, this newly released module is excellent and very useful.

Good all-around

Review by Jim B. | Dec 6, 2013

There are numerous modules of that sort on the market, but I've been waiting for the one from AW eagerly.
I had wonderful experience with their products before, and this new layered navigation absolutely lived up to my expectaions.
Good code, decent features - should I say more?


Review by Eric | Dec 4, 2013

This app can be described in just one word: IMPROVEMENT!
It is really a huge improvement over both Magento's built-in layered nav, and over quite a few similar plugins from other devs we have tried this far.
Nice looking, fast, reliable - I couldn't have been satisfied more.

Thumbs up!

Review by Darrel | Dec 1, 2013

Nice-looking, fast, easy to use. Kudos to aw tech guys, who have installed the ext for us within a couple of hours:).


Review by Carl Palmer | Nov 26, 2013

I'm really excited by this extension. That's why I leave this positive review, guys. Besides the great customizable design of the extension I'd like to say some words about the features I like most of all. AJAX filtering is extremely useful for our customers. I know it because of my rich experience as an online purchaser. This feature considerably improves native Magento navigation that was on my store before. Moreover this technology lets consumers get the search results in a convenient way and much faster. The URL change based HTML5 is the second thing I appreciate. It saves much time when you need to come back to the same store again and again. With this feature you can save the URL and don't need to set needed parameters. It's more than just a tool! Fantastic!
Thank you so much! Wish you more successful products!

Great job!

Review by Josh | Nov 24, 2013

This is just a great ext. Works fast, and works everywhere! For stores with large catalogs, it is just a must.
What I specially like about this module is the way it works with URL params. Hint: you can include the link to pre-filtered set of products into, say, NL, to get your customers the exact items YOU want to sell them.
Didn't expect that I would be using a navigation tool for promotions%)

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