Attribute Filtering vs. Attribute Search Results ...
How feasible is it to include product attribute options & tags in our store search results? Mainly, if I was able to accomplish this on my own, would it slow down site performance? While I do like how "selective" filtering of attributes or specifications can look on a web site, it seems more intuitive to allow these same items that can be filtered to also be searched for directly.
Case in point, let's say I have 10 categories for ten different types of gadgets, eg: 1) Televisions 2) Tablets & Mobile Devices 3) Chargers & Accessories 4) Covers & Protectors, etc. As a customer shopping from a small-screen phone or tablet device (more and more the case today) it's harder to go into each category and expand the filter options in each to find a RED charger for the RED tablet and RED device protector that I want to purchase (totally as an example of how trends seem to happen). From this customer's perspective, it would be much easier to simply do a site search for "RED" and see results of all products that have a "RED" attribute option on them.
Even though this can be done with tags or by adding colors to the description or specs, some consumers don't know what tags are, and this also assumes the store owner didn't forget to add a color "tag" to a product, when it's easier to assume that we have certainly listed that color as an attribute option if we want to sell the product. Also, most customers expect to jump straight to a site's search box and find what they're looking for without knowing database logic or a particular site's methods for tagging or describing their products (who can blame them) so having results pulled from title, descriptions, tags and most importantly product attribute options will yield the best results for them, and yield higher customer satisfaction and sales for the site owners.
*SIDE NOTE: in case anyone wonders why this is posted here, I guess I'm hopeful that if it's easy enough to work into 3.3 that this is our best chance of getting it done. Vote UP if you agree! ;)