Reading the online docs (login required) on Adding attributes to the navigation index attributes are made live by clicking the red dot next to an attribute name - you then need to perform a full re-index.

If an attribute is not live then does this mean using it as part of location query (below, componentid is not live) will just not return any results?


Having discovered that componentid is not live in our system and I need to query by it I don't really want to reindex over 6000 pieces of XML just to make this attribute queryable!

  • Being a bit stubborn here myself... why don't you want to reindex? A FH re-index is an operation that is done very often in Fredhopper servers, and it really doesn't take that long to do...
    – Nuno Linhares
    Apr 4, 2014 at 14:00
  • But wouldn't that mean re-feeding 6000 Xml files back through FH's incoming folder - in the correct order!
    – Neil
    Apr 4, 2014 at 14:05
  • 1
    It would mean putting the files back, sure, but the files are already ordered correctly (naming convention). So no, it's not really a big deal. Apr 4, 2014 at 14:06
  • Im sure Ive had problems in the past with contention between Windows moving each file and the XmlLoader picking them up when you just drag and drop this number of files though.
    – Neil
    Apr 4, 2014 at 14:08
  • Also, a wipe indices and reindex will affect our website - all the content will disappear temporarily!
    – Neil
    Apr 4, 2014 at 14:11

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As mentioned on the documentation page you linked, your attribute needs to be live for you to use it as a facet, sort by it, or filter by it. The example you gave would be a facet.

So yes, you'll need to make it live and re-index. While you're at it, you should think about other attributes that you might want to use for these things in the future :)


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