Recommend “Top Rated” Products

This guide shows you how to add a Top Rated block of product recommendations to your store’s category archive pages. The recommendations will include top rated products from the currently viewed category.

Offer Top Rated product recommendations at the top of your product archives to provide social proof and boost customer confidence.
Recommending “Top Rated” products in a product archive.

Plugins/Extensions Used ↑ Back to top

Configuration ↑ Back to top

Create a “Top Rated” Engine ↑ Back to top

  1. Create an Engine
    • Go to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Engines and click Create new.
    • Under Title, enter “Top Rated”.
    • Choose the Product Archive Engine Type.
  2. Add Filters
    • Locate the Filters section in the Engine Configuration panel.
    • Add a Relative Category Filter.
    • Select in current to recommend products from the currently viewed category.
  3. Add Amplifiers
    • Go to the Amplifiers section.
    • Add a Rating Amplifier to favor your store’s best-rated products in the generated recommendations.
    • Choose the high to low option.
  4. Save the Engine

    Click the Create button to save the Engine you just configured.

Creating the “Top Rated” Engine.

Deploy the “Top Rated” Engine ↑ Back to top

  1. Deploy the Engine

    Click Deploy now in the message that appears after saving the Engine. Altenatively:

    • Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations.
    • Search for and select the “Top Rated” Engine.
    • Click the Deploy button.
  2. Configure Display Settings
    • In the Title field, enter “Top Rated”. This will be displayed above the recommended products.
    • Select a number of Product columns and Product rows for the product recommendations. Use the default settings to display a single row of 4 products.
  3. Choose Location

    Select the Location where you’d like the recommendations to appear. To display the recommendations at the top of our category archive pages, choose Product Archive > Before Products.

  4. Add Visibility Conditions

    To recommend “Top Rated” products in specific category archives, add a Visibility Condition:

    • Go to the Visibility Conditions section.
    • Add an Archive Category condition.
    • In the dropdown that appears, select in.
    • Add one or more categories in the last field. In this example, we added the Accessories category.
  5. Deploying the “Top Rated” Engine.
  6. Finalize the Deployment

    Click Deploy to deploy this Engine to the specified Location.

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Making Changes ↑ Back to top

To edit the configuration of the “Top Rated” Engine:

  1. Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Engines.
  2. Locate and Edit the “Top Rated” Engine.
  3. Update the Engine to save your changes.
Important: Once an Engine has been saved, it is no longer possible to change its Engine Type.

To edit the Display Settings, Location, or Visibility Conditions of the “Top Rated” Engine deployment:

  1. Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations.
  2. Go to the Product Archive section.
  3. Click the Before Products tab.
  4. Expand the “Top Rated” Engine deployment and make changes as needed.
  5. Save your changes.

If you have only deployed a few Engines on your site, you may find it easier to locate and edit the “Top Rated” Engine deployment by navigating to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations > Overview.

Editing the “Top Rated” Engine.
Editing the “Top Rated” Engine Deployment.

Notes ↑ Back to top

The “Top Rated” Engine will generate product recommendations only if there are at least a few products with reviews in the currently viewed category archive. If your products have not received enough (or any) reviews yet, you may want to add a Popularity Amplifier as a fallback. Then:

  1. Use the +/- buttons to give the Popularity Amplifier a lower weight. This ensures that, as new reviews are coming in, products with ratings will be “boosted” more than products that sell well. This will depend on the weight difference of the two Amplifiers.
  2. To minimize the influence of the Popularity Amplifier, give it a weight value of 1, and increase the the weight of the Rating Amplifier to 5.

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