How to Search Using “Search” and the Side Bar “Filter”

We receive a lot of questions about how to search TOR Fashion for particular items. Luckily, between the Search and side bar Filter, you can actually find most of what you are looking for. I recently moved the Search bar up to the top of the page to make it easier to find on mobile. Filter is still on the side bar and requires a bit of scrolling to find on mobile.

If you have questions about how to use Search or the Filter, please take a look at this guide and then play around with them a bit. If you still have questions, please feel free to Contact me or type in the comments. Also, if you have suggestions for other categories, let me know.

NOTE: I often add new categories long after I post a set and don’t always get a chance to go back and tag every post with the new categories. If you know of a post that should be tagged with a specific category, please let me know so I can update it.

Search

WordPress has a built-in search function. You can find this at the top right of the site underneath the top menu. All you need to do is type in what you want to find and hit “Enter” on your keyboard. Unlike Google, it’s pretty particular about spelling, so if you spell something incorrectly, it won’t return any results.

One nice thing about the search is it will return any posts with a particular set listed, including all of the characters if the submitter added that information. For example, you can type in “Sensuous Dress” and see not only the TOR Fashion post, but every character that uses parts of that set. NOTE: If you type in “Sensuous Dress Top” you will get only those characters that use the chest piece. Just remember that not everyone puts that information into the form when they submit their sets.

Search

Explanation of the Category System

Every post on TOR Fashion is tagged with WordPress “Categories” that allow me to sort the post into specific groups. You can see this information at the top of any post directly under the title, between the Post Author and Number of Comments. I leave this information on each post because some people find it helpful, but it is primarily there to help sort posts. That’s why the same word may appear more than once.
Post Meta

Tagging each post with these categories is useful in two ways.

  1. It allows me to create groups of posts anywhere on the site that update automatically when I tag a post with the same “Categories.” This is done through a specialized plugin. You can see examples of this on the Front Page under “Newest Characters,” on any post under “Similarity,” and on most pages located on the main menu.Plugin
  2. It allows you to filter the posts so you can search for particular items. This is another specialized plugin where you can check off multiple categories to help narrow down your search. You do have to open the widget up by clicking on it because with so many categories listed, it is quite long.

How to Use the Filter

First rule of thumb for using the Filter: Less is always better.

The filter is located at the top of the side bar. Click on the Filter button to open the Filter menu.

Filter

Filter 2

The filter was updated recently to give a second option on how it will work. The default setting is “All.” “All” will only return posts that are tagged with every category selected. Selecting “Any” will return any post tagged with at least one of the categories selected. Be careful when using ‘Any”. Choosing too many categories or ones that have a ton of posts tagged with that category will return too many posts.

All vs Any

Whenever there is a down arrow, you can expand the menu for more choices. A box next to a category means there are posts tagged with that category. If there isn’t a box, that category is just a header category with no posts tagged. There are now only two options when you open the Filter menu. “Characters” applies only to those characters submitted by users of the site. “Database’ applies to all of the visual database items. Options under these two categories are specific only to those posts. You cannot mix and match categories between the two sections.

Characters

This section covers the characters users submit to the site. Attempting to mix and match options from “Database” with this section will not return any results. You can choose “Characters” to return all characters submitted to the site in reverse order of when they were submitted (newest first). This is helpful if you haven’t visited TOR Fashion in awhile and you want to see more than the last 20 posts. Alternatively, you can click on the down arrow and choose selections from the other categories.

Characters

Database

This category applies to all visual database items on the site. Categories are divided into four sections. Acquired is the source of the item. Appearance applies to how the item or set looks. Item Types applies to the different item types on the site (armor, weapons, mounts, etc.). Miscellaneous are various categories to help filter items that can apply to more then one item type.

Database

Acquired

This section lists the different sources and applies to all visual database items. Items are rarely tagged with more than one source. Clicking the drop down arrow next to a source category will offer more specific options.

Acquired

Appearance

Appearance is broken out into two categories, By Slot and Overall Style. By Slot gives you appearance options for the particular slot (eg., head, chest, weapon). Overall Style applies to the entire armor set.

Item Types

This category lists the different item types that have posts on TOR Fashion. It’s useful to combine one of these main categories with those under “Acquired” or “Miscellaneous” to return only one type of item. For example, to return armor sets found in Heroic Mission Boxes, you can choose “Heroic Mission Box” under “Acquired,” “Mission Rewards” and “Armor.”

You do not need to use these main categories in combination with those located under each heading. For example, if you want to see all armor sets with animation, you can just click “Animation” under “Armor,” “Armor Style.” You do not need to also click “Armor.”

Item Types

Armor

This section covers all armor in the visual database.  As you can see, the headings under Armor are not used. You must click on the down arrows to see additional categories. The Gender section is for those sets that can only be equipped by only one gender.

Armor

Weapons

This section lists out the types of weapons available in the game. You can click on Weapons to return all types and/or a particular weapon to return only that type of weapon.

Weapons

Miscellaneous

This sections contains categories that are applicable to more than one item type. “Mod Type” has two sub-categories, “Moddable” and “Static”. Combining “Moddable” with other categories, such as “Armor” or “Weapons” is a good way to narrow down your results so that only items that can be modded are shown. NOTE: “Classes” will only return items that are class-specific and “Faction” will only return items that are faction-specific. Neither will return items that can be worn by any class or either faction. Damage type refers to those static sets that have the same name, but different force and tech looks.

Misc

If you are still unclear about how to search for something, please let me know in the comments or via the Contact form. Also, I appreciate any constructive feedback you might have about this guide or the category system.

  • Neg Sani

    How can I search for moddable gloves? or head pieces?

    • Exiled Messenger

      All armor on this site is moddable, except those individual pieces found under the non-moddable tag. Just use the “Armor” category to search.

      • Neg Sani

        I think I’m still missing the search functionality of what I’m looking for. If I click the Armor menu I don’t see subcategories by individual armor piece. If I type ‘gloves’ into the search box I get about 15 gloves and then the rest are customized sets. I’d just like to be able to see ALL gloves you have in your database. Is that possible?

        • Exiled Messenger

          None of the moddable sets are on the site by individual pieces.

  • Aeden

    Just in case anyone has had the same trouble as me it’s good to know if you’re browsing on your phone you may have a hard time accessing the menu’s as they cut off and go off screen. Tilting your phone sideways has finally allowed me to access the menu options now. Yay!

    Btw I once found a page in TOR fashion in which you could see all the top voted customized sets but since then I haven’t been able to find it. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

    And if I could just say thanks to Dulfy and Exile (and anyone else involved) for having this site and allowing us to post this kinda stuff here. Thanks a lot. Having a lot of fun here and great job all around.

    • Aeden

      Hope I’m not out of line posting this here. If so please delete it. Idm.

    • Exiled Messenger

      All of the Customized sets pages by class have the top voted sets by class at the top of the page. You can find those on the menu bar under Customized.

      Thank you for the kind words.

  • Exiled Messenger

    You can’t. This is not something you will ever be able to do because of the way we created the moddable sets all on one post. The non-moddable sets are broken up by item, but I am never going to go back and re-do the moddable sets.

  • Zodiac

    Is there a way to search for armor that shows off the female stomach?

    • Exiled Messenger

      Try Revealing Clothing under Armor Style.

  • Simon Cleal

    Hello EM,

    I’m trying to search for unobtrusive headgear that hides hood so I tick all of Database – Item Types – Armor – Armor – Appearance – Head – Hides Hood: Yes and Unobtrusive but it doesn’t find anything

    Am I doing something wrong?

    • Exiled Messenger

      You are picking way too many options. Remember that less is always better. You could get what you are looking for with just “Hides Hood: Yes” and “Unobtrusive.”

      All head piece items are going to be tagged with “Armor” and not “Weapons” or “Mounts”, so there is no reason to check “Armor”, though it won’t hurt your search to do so.

      None of the posts are tagged with “Database,” ‘Item Types,” “Armor Appearance,” or “Head” (under “Armor Appearance”). Those are just headers and clicking them will not return anything.

      I wish I could turn off the ability to click headers that won’t return any items, but the plugin views all categories as the same and I just use some categories as a way to organize other categories. I am going to ask a developer if they can add the number of items in each category to the end of the words so people will know not to click ones that say (0).

      • Simon Cleal

        Thanks EM, that worked 🙂

        • Exiled Messenger

          Excellent.

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