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I’d like my customers to be able to filter my whole catalogue by manufacturer
Can you even browse the default category?
I’ve been trying to find a way to do this but all i’ve come up with is either
A) placing all my categories into a second top category which could be viewed and filtered ie
B) putting products into a second set of categories according to manufacturer, instead of using the manufacturer attribute. While this would generate a nice url containing the manufacturer (good for seo), it kind of defeats the purpose of attributes.
Any suggestions/explanations would be greatly appreciated.
I have also been looking to do something very simular. I want my visitors to be able to see a list of all products in a category, regardless of subcategory. And answer to your problem Dave B, would help me solve mine. Let me know if you figure anything out.
I too want to always show my top tier categories, as well as, the sub-categories when you drill down. I think customers want to see ALL the categories, no matter where they are at. If you find a solution, please let me know.
I’ve found one Magento site that does layered navigation exactly the way I want. Here it is: http://shop.jack-wolfskin.de/bekleidung/hosen/urban-outdoor?gender=32
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