WooFunnels creates an optimized table by mapping orders with the customers. So this means, it establishes a relationship between which customer purchased what item(s) and stores it in a database.
This process of creating a highly optimized database by WooFunnels is called 'Indexing'.
Here are a few use cases of indexing:
#1: Skip an offer if the item was ever purchased in the past by the user
#2: Show an offer if the item was ever purchased in the past by the user
When WooFunnels is armed with this information, you can create segmented funnels and level up your upselling game.
How to Index Past Orders?
Now that you know how powerful indexing is, let's look at how you can start the process and index all past orders.
Step 1: Go to Tools
Go to WP Admin Dashboard > WooFunnels > Settings > Tools
In the Tools tab, you'll find the option to index past orders:
Step 2: Click on Dashboard
Click on the Start button. You'll see a notice that reads 'Indexing of orders has started'. This indicates that the process has started.
After indexing is complete on your store, you'll see this notice:
That's it! Once indexing is completed successfully, you'll see two additional rules in the rule builder section:
- Customer Purchased Product: All Time
- Customer Purchased Category: All Time
You can use these rules to create segmented funnels. In addition, in the offer section, you'll see a new setting when you scroll further down:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some questions that may be on your mind:
1) Would Indexing interfere with my store operations?
No. Indexing is a background process and does not interfere with any of your store operations.
2) How much time does it take to complete the process?
Although we cannot accurately estimate how much time it will take to index all your previous orders because it depends on the total number of orders, the memory of your server etc.
We have run a lot of tests on our servers and here's an average estimate:
Lifetime Orders Time To Index
0-5000 15-20 minutes
5000-10,000 30-40 minutes
10,000 - 20,000 60-90 minutes
20,000+ 120 - 180 minutes
*These figures would vary based on your store's environment (server, traffic, resources etc.)
3) How often do you need to index?
Indexing is a one-time process to map past orders. Once it gets successfully completed for all the past orders, the new orders are auto-indexed on the fly.
4) What happens under the hood when Indexing is going on?
Indexing in WooFunnels is a very efficient process. A batch of 20 orders is picked up and processed. This process is carried out by WP_Background_Process Library, which is the core WooCommerce library to execute processes in an optimized way.
Plugins like WooCommerce, WooCommerce Subscriptions, WooCommerce Membership, WPML etc use this library for their similar processes.
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