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    Hi guys,
    I am new to ZC, and so far loving it !

    I do have a question and I am sure this has been asked before, but I cant seem to find it anywhere.

    I have a PC hardware shop setup. I need the users to be able to find products other than just Main and Sub Category.

    Example: 1 TB 7200 RPM Internal Harddrive.

    In the menu, I want this drive to be part Of "Hard Drive", "Internal Hard Drive", "7200 RPM", and "1TB"

    Is it possible to do with out adding bunch of sub-categories? (Kind of like what newegg.com has) see pics

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    Thanks in Advance,

    Robin

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    Default Re: Additional Categories

    Oh forgot to add, i am using ZC 1.5 (the latest) version.
    Thanks

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    bump :)

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    Does anyone know a solution to this?
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Additional Categories

    You could try one of the category fly-out add-ons...

    We use a header-based flyout on officefrog.co.uk
    Our latest project is Pet Tags.

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    Somehow I have a feeling that schollboy's advice is partially what you were after... Although his advice is absolutely correct for a basic requirement, I fear you're asking for something different.

    newegg is using something called layered navigation which is not supported by Zen Cart. If I'm not mistaking, Magento is the only open source platform that supports layered navigation.

    What you could do is use Linked Products. It's quite hard to accomplish on a computer store having thousands of items, but it can be done with some effort.
    Basically, you create a top level category called Hard Drives. Then create subcategories with all the sublevels (RPM, Capacity, Interface...) and add the same product in all matching categories. Let's say your category structure is like this:
    HTML Code:
    Hard Drives
       - internal
          - RPM
              - 5400
              - 7200
              - 10000
          - Capacity
              - 15-50GB
              - 80-160GB
              - 250-320GB
              - 400-900GB
              - 1TB+
          - Interface
              - IDE
              - SATA
              - SATAII
          - Buffer
              - 2MB
              - 8MB
              - 16MB
              - 32MB
              - 64MB
       - external
          - yadayadayada - you get the picture :smile:
    So, you have your 1 TB 7200 RPM Internal Harddrive. You will put that product under Hard Drives->Internal->Capacity->1TB+
    Then, you'll duplicate that product (as Linked) into Hard Drives->Internal->RPM->7200. Then you'll duplicate again as Linked into Hard Drives->Internal->Interface->SATAII. Then again Linked into Hard Drives->Internal->Buffer->16MB

    This is not easy work, but I don't think there's anything else you can do with Zen Cart to accomplish what you're after. And, this would definitely work best with a flyout menu. Also, this is not the perfect solution, but only a workaround that MIGHT help.

    Unfortunately, Zen Cart lacks filtering capabilities, but we can only hope v2.0 will give us more on that...
    Last edited by balihr; 30 Jun 2012 at 10:01 PM. Reason: formatting
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    Thank you both SO much!!
    I will try it out.

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    Hi
    we tried "Add_products_to_categories_by_keyword" addon though it will list the result by keywords it somehow is not working and not adding the product to the new category.
    Eg we may search "320GB" , and it will list all the products having this keywords and give you the option top choose them but in the next step #3 it gives an error :
    WARNING: An Error occurred, please refresh the page and try again.

    Anyone have used this addon succesfully on ZenCart 1.5

    Thanks

 

 

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