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    Default How to display categories under a manufacturer

    Our site is track ready products .com

    I dug around quite a bit but am stuck - when the customer selects a manufacturer from the (left-column) selection box, is it possible to display the product categories within that brand?

    As an example, when you choose Bilstein there's about 1700 products and it would more helpful if the categories were displayed.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    > is it possible to display the product categories within that brand?

    That implies you have created a category per manufacturer (as I did) ..so you want your dropdowns to refer to those categories and not by the manufacturer name assigned to a product.

    The manufacturer/brand concept is limiting for the exact reason you've described....it leads to an unfiltered/unuseable bucket of all products...I have one with 7k products.

    So you want a sidebox of category drop-downs.


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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    Torvista,
    >> That implies you have created a category per manufacturer

    Ok, that stumped me - I've always considered a category to represent a range of products, not a manufacturer. How is that possible? What you did with Denali is what I had in mind.

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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    I think what he really wants is dynamic filtering. Perhaps some nice person will add this to Zen Cart 2.1.
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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    >Ok, that stumped me - I've always considered a category to represent a range of products, not a manufacturer. How is that possible? What you did with Denali is what I had in mind.

    I decided from day one to use
    1: a root category for manufacturers, where the individual products "live", that follows a logical structure as per the manufacturers families. This is the base, from which all are linked.
    2: a normal product category structure, with linked products / a generic description of a product family, leading to the products in 1
    3: an enormous Bike-Model-Year structure where the individual products are linked per compatibility into a year

    1: is accessed through a category drop down per "manufacturer" but as a category name, not as the product manufacturer assigned in the db.
    2: is accessed via normal category sidebox omitting results from 1 and 3
    3: is accessed via triple dropdown

    So, no use of the core "manufacturers" at all, as if you want some categorisation, you can't. Apart from filtering a product listing of mixed products.





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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    Quote Originally Posted by swguy View Post
    I think what he really wants is dynamic filtering. Perhaps some nice person will add this to Zen Cart 2.1.
    I am currently looking for commercial help to update the Dynamic Filter plugin to current standards, If I manage to get any further with this I will update as I believe dynamic filtering of the product pages is sorely needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyVarley View Post
    I am currently looking for commercial help to update the Dynamic Filter plugin to current standards, If I manage to get any further with this I will update as I believe dynamic filtering of the product pages is sorely needed!
    FWIW, I took a look at the current Zen Cart plugin (and associated GitHub) version which was last updated for zc154. It'll take a fair amount of unraveling (since I don't have any means to install a zc154 test site) to figure out what it was doing, given the number of Zen Cart core files that were touched.

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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    DannyVarley,
    same here, I'm contemplating going that route (if it's possible mechanically) so perhaps we might share the cost.

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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    Quote Originally Posted by lat9 View Post
    FWIW, I took a look at the current Zen Cart plugin (and associated GitHub) version which was last updated for zc154. It'll take a fair amount of unraveling (since I don't have any means to install a zc154 test site) to figure out what it was doing, given the number of Zen Cart core files that were touched.
    I have recently installed on my test site on 1.5.7d to make sure it is what I want to use, Its throwing lots of error logs but working! I believe I have someone who is willing to bring it up to scratch but as always thanks for taking a look!

    Quote Originally Posted by RacingAddiction View Post
    DannyVarley,
    same here, I'm contemplating going that route (if it's possible mechanically) so perhaps we might share the cost.
    I will certainly keep you updated in how I get on with this.

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    Default Re: How to display categories under a manufacturer

    v2.0.0 has a "Shop By Brand" feature, which shows a list of manufacturers' images, and if you click on one then it lists the products associated with that manufacturer. There's a dropdown to filter them by category (which only lists the categories associated with that manufacturer's products).
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