In the Magento CE 1.9.2 demo store I've got installed, I'm using the responsive web design theme (3 column pages) and I'm trying to understand my options for having a search sidebar in either the left or right column that gives the customer the ability to search using some of my product attributes.
I've set the relevant product attributes up as searchable (Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes > Edit Product Attribute > Frontend Properties) but at the moment I can only see a couple of basic ways to use search functionality in Magento out-of-the-box. There is probably something really obvious I'm missing but all I see is the following two product search options in the frontend:
- the simple search box in the top right hand corner of the home page
- the advanced search page at mydomain.com/catalogsearch/advanced/
What's the right approach here - configure (e g. a search sidebar that comes with Magento that I just need to activate), build (something everyone designs and codes for themselves) or buy (a commercially available extension)?
I've googled it, I've looked through this site, I've tried searching for relevant extensions on the magento commerce site, I've looked through a couple of Magento books (they are pre-version 1.9 though, so not much use) all to no avail. I'm a Magento newbie - hopefully this question isn't too dumb but apologies if it is! I just can't figure this one out by myself... Thanks in advance for any help or pointers you can provide!