I am currently working on a relatively small eCommerce site at present, although there are plans to increase its inventory to over 5,000 products, over the coming months.
I am curious to understand what the difference is between a facet, when it comes to faceted navigation, and product categories.
To my understanding, a facet is just another term for a category, albeit integrated differently? Would this be correct?
For the purpose of this question, let's say the website is selling a variety of photographs. Let's say there are a variety of parent categories, such as 'Black & White Photographs', 'Distorted Photographs', 'Animal Photographs'.
Whilst having the above parent categories makes sense, wouldn't this where faceted navigation come in handy? For example, you could have facet navigation titles, such as:
- Colour: Black & White, Red, Blue etc.
- Style: Abstract, Reality, Distorted.
- Subject: Animals, People, Buildings.
With the above approach, would I be right in thinking that the following facets, 'Colour', 'Style' and 'Subject' would be sub categories within 'Photographs'?
Other than the URL adopting a differing format, dependent on the approach to its integration, what other differences are there between a facet and a product category?