Product Taxonomy using Topic Maps
Product taxonomy implies organizing all the products in the catalogue in a manner that makes it easy for customers to find the product they are looking for in the least amount of time. This can be done by categorizing products according to different properties such as color or material.
In Crystallize, you can use topic maps to do this. Not only do topic maps make it extremely easy to categorize products, but these also make semantically enriching your products much more convenient.
The furniture tenant contains products such as plants, electronics, decor, and furniture. All of these products are then further categorized using topic maps. There's a topic map for each of the following - room, color, material, and, fabric. The topics contained within a map can then be associated with a product as shown in the picture.
Why Topic Maps?
Although there are other options that can be used to define properties, like one of the available components provided, these might cause discrepancies such as spelling errors, or might even result in multiple variations of the same color which gets even more complex if additional languages get involved. These situations are bound to arise when several people are involved with adding information to the database. For example, the color 'Anthracite' can have multiple variations such as - 'Antracite', 'Antrasitt', 'Antracit'. Topic maps eradicate all such issues. A good way to do this would be to define a base color and then add its shade as shown in the image.
Navigation and Search
Topic maps make the management of properties such as colors and materials easier by clearly defining the same, leaving no room for errors as only the properties defined as topics can be associated with a product. Building out such a taxonomy also allows your users to easily navigate and find any products by a certain property as our Search API enables you to search as well as filter products based on the topics associated.
Building Navigation using Topic Maps
View the livestream below to learn more about how you can build navigation using topic maps, and combine products from different categories.