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Using Shopify Smart Collections To Organize Products

Collections on Shopify can be utilized through Shopify Apps to control and display collections of items. In the final part of this article, I’ll explain the way I intend to utilize Shopify Collections for my forthcoming Best Sellers Shopify App.

In this article, I’ll go over:

Shopify Smart Collections
Shopify Custom Collections
Sorting of Shopify Collection
How does my Best Sellers app will make use of Shopify Collections

Shopify Smart Collections

Smart Collections, sometimes called automated collections, offer the ability to add items to the Shopify collection based on the rules.

You can choose any of the attributes to match with:

Product title
Type of product
Product vendor
Price of the product
Tag for product
Compare prices
Stock of inventory
Variant’s name

And the kind of match that will be performed:

is the same as
isn’t the same as
is more than
is less than
begins with
is completed with
It contains
is not a source of

The rules are dynamically applied. So, as new products are introduced, or the attributes of a product change The Smart Collection will be automatically adjusted to reflect these changes.

Shopify Custom Collections

Custom Collections, sometimes called manual collections, offer the ability to add manually items to an existing Shopify collection.

Custom Collections permit you to directly control the items that comprise the collection. This means that items are added manually or removed.

Sorting of Shopify Collection

The majority of sort choices are easy to understand. But, I’d like to mention a few details about sorting manually as well as Sort by the top selling Sort choices:

Sort by hand

This sorting manually feature requires the person to drag or drop items in order to define their sorting order inside the group. If the collection is large this can be difficult to manage.

Sort by the best-selling

The Sort by best-selling sort option allows for a collection to be classified based on the sales total of each item. This is the description from Shopify of the By Best Selling sorting option:

The By best-selling sorting method will be determined by frequency the variant is mentioned in order rather than the total quantity of units that have sold. The variant that is featured at the top of the list will be placed as the first one, and the one that appears in the smallest number of orders will be placed last. The sorting of the collection is updated every week.

Shopify determines the top selling rank by using sales data from all times. This means that the most popular type of product might not reflect the recent best sellers as it is heavily influenced by historically popular items.

How will my Best Sellers App will make use of Shopify Collections

My forthcoming Best Sellers App will make use of Shopify Collections as a way to display the top sellers in a shop. At first, I wanted to utilize Shopify Collections as Smart Collections since they have rules built in. But, after further research, Smart Collections are probably not the ideal choice for customized Shopify Apps.

Because Smart Collections are dynamic, Smart Collections don’t allow for the precise control of the products that are included within the collection. In the case of Shopify Apps in particular, making sure that the collection has the proper grouping of products is among the number primary demands. Furthermore, Smart Collections do not permit the order in which they are displayed for items within collections to be determined through an API for Smart Collections. Smart Collection API.

My Best Sellers App needs to manage both the most popular products that end up in collections in addition to the custom order that is with respect to the best-selling guidelines. This means that My Best Sellers app will be using Custom Collections. Best Sellers app will be making use of Custom Collections combined with some particular settings that are specific to the app to determine the best way to organize and manage the best-selling items.

The specifics regarding these Best Sellers App rules are currently in the process of being developed. But, the first Best Sellers options for collection will include tracking the best-selling items by:

Product type
Product tag
product vendor

The Best Sellers App will automatically manage the items within the Custom Collection, making them reflect the current top sellers and sort them according to their sales rank as calculated. Additionally, as I’ll control both the sales rank calculation and sorting in-line The collection of Best Sellers App could include custom sort options like:

By sales revenue
By sales quantity
The month that has the best-selling record.
This is the best-selling book of all time.
Best-selling using an algorithm that is weighted (i.e. weight sales from the past more than the previous sales)

The Best Sellers App might not be able to support all these options at first. But, with the control that comes with the Custom Collection, I’ll be able to expand and expand this list of options as time goes on.


There are two kinds of Shopify Collections:

Smart Collections are also referred to as automatic collections
Custom Collections are also referred to as manual collections

Smart Collections are a simple way to manage your collections of products for your Shopify store. If the rules supported and sorting options meet your requirements, Smart Collections may be the right choice for you.

Custom Collections let you direct control the items included within collections. If you want the most control you can have over your collections Custom Collections should satisfy your requirements.