Understanding Faceted Classification

Faceted classification is a classification scheme which is used for classifying objects using multiple taxonomies which expresses their attributes. To be precise, this type of classification is a method of categorizing software applications or elements in a website. Most of the online shops normally use this application so that products can be found in multiple pathways. In addition, faceted classification enables users to specify what they are looking for. How Faceted Classification is Performed For you to classify products according to this application, you need to order items according to its characteristics. Examples of the features includes: material, color and other categories. When you have collected the results, the next step is to tag with keywords. You can also optimize the navigation bars so as to enable the categories to be in logical order for consumers and users. Advantages of Faceted Classification Faceted is a system which assists users to find products or information in a logical way. This is one of the benefits of this classification as users can match their search with ease. In fact, the classification defines the search products according to more than one characteristic such as material, color and size. This enables the consumers to easily find the products which they are looking for. Nevertheless, there are high chances that the consumers will purchase the products. Faceted classification is beneficial since it can create a positive user experience which will increase the chances of user training on the website. The Faceted classification can also enable you to tag your content with attributes which are specific. Another benefit of the classification is that it allows you to combine and narrow down the attributes. Therefore, you can eventually get closer to the information which you require. The best faceted can allow users to combine both browsing and searching. Breadcrumbs are displayed at all the stages so that it can show the path which they have taken. Eventually, it will allow them to backtrack if it is required. As you browse, you can refine searches by drilling down from a general to a specific item. The application can also show you the number of hits at each point. Application of Faceted Classification The following are the main applications of faceted:
  • ¬†Google Faceted search
When you are searching for something on Google, there is a list of classifications on the left plane. You can use these classifications to search results of the specific category of information which you require. This classification can also enabled you to limit the results so as to show news, images, discussions, videos, maps, shopping sites and books. Google normally uses this classification to categorize various types of information it indexes.
  • Amazon faceted browsing
Amazon uses this classification to enable users to search for items which they require. When you search for an item in Amazon, the results are classified into categories. One of the examples of the items which you might be searching for is songs. Under this category, the song is further classified into artists, the album and the playlists. In conclusion, faceted classification is most common on the websites and has numerous benefits which we’ve now highlighted.  


Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)walkme.com