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I searched everything and couldn't find an issue related to my problem.

Most of our product attributes are hard coded in a way that they don't exist in Products->Attributes but are directly created inside the products with a pipeline separator (|). I tried a few filtering plugins but none of them seems to be able to discover them so I guess I need a custom solution.

The only thing that comes to my mind is looping through all the products to show the filter and a WP query with specific attribute parameters to filter products. Since we have thousands of products, I worry that this could be slow.

Can someone guide me if this is a good approach or is there a database table or something that stores hardcoded attribute data that can be better utilized to make a solution for this?

Or...Is it a better option to create the attributes in Products->Attributes and recreate all the products?

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  • you can search the posts content but filtering will be near impossible unless that data is stored in a different form. Note that hardcoded attributes aren't a thing, this is just text in post content. Given that questions about 3rd party plugins are offtopic here and not in this stacks scope you should ask this in a WooCommerce community or stackoverflow instead
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 9:12

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