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Magento: Category Import Script?

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Posted on June 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Currently, there is no way to import categories unless you write your own script or sql. I may have a project coming up soon that will require importing a lot of categories, so I may have to build a better script (I’ve built a couple crappy ones already) for importing them. But, before I do that, I’d like to get some feedback.

First – CSV setup. What I’m assuming the best global way to import is from a CSV (correct me if I’m wrong). In that case, what do you think the best format of the CSV should be? My initial thoughts would be 2 columns. First one for the category name, second (if used) is for which category name the category is nested under. (I suppose there could be other columns as well for Enabled or Disabled, meta, image, etc.)

Second – Anything else that would be useful for a category import script?

I can’t guarentee that I’ll be able to have the time to do this – but we’ll see. The better and level of feedback I get, the more motivation I’ll probably have!

Changing default category sort order in Magento

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Posted on May 18th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Category toolbar has many options. By default is shows how many items are in the category, you can choose how many products you wish to be displayed per page, you can change the listing type (List or Grid) and you may choose Sort Order. This “Sort Order” can be confusing. The default “Sort Order” is “Best Value”. What does it mean? How is the Best value determined? Can we change the default sort order?

What is “Best Value” filed?

When you go to Category page in Magento administration, you will see “Category Products” tab. From there, you will see the list of products that are associated to this category. The last column in “Position”. That is how “Best Value” is determined. So, best value is not something that is dynamically calculated. You can tailor it to your likings.

Changing default category sort order in Magento

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Posted on May 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Changing default category sort order in Magento

Category toolbar has many options. By default is shows how many items are in the category, you can choose how many products you wish to be displayed per page, you can change the listing type (List or Grid) and you may choose Sort Order. This “Sort Order” can be confusing. The default “Sort Order” is “Best Value”. What does it mean? How is the Best value determined? Can we change the default sort order?

Custom category menu navigation in Magento

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Posted on May 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Custom category menu navigation in Magento

Just some code for custom category menu navigation. I’m a bit short on time so, no fancy walk trough. All you need to make this show on your page is to call it inside layout file like

<block type=”core/template” template=”surgeworks/customcatnav.php” />

Custom Category Images Listing Block Tutorial

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Posted on May 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Recently, I just finished coding out a website for a client in Magento. You can view the site at www.3graces.com, it was a full switch from some old legacy asp shopping cart to Magento. Im really happy with the way things turned out and the client is too, Magento just has so many wonderful features built-in.

One feature that I found wasn’t built in was a way to display each sub-category with an image, and its name on a landing page. Magento has a nice feature which allows you to assign an image to a category, but doesnt give you a way to make that show up in a listing somewhere.

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