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Does Magento support multiple category trees or hierarchical attributes? 
 
neilad
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From what I can see of Magento it can support:

- a single “category” hierarchy. You can have multiple root categories, but not in one site.
- configurable attributes, but an attribute is “flat” and cannot have parent/child hierarchy

In my scenario, a product can be in two trees, say “topic” and “geography”, e.g.

- Topic
-- Green issues
--- Alternative energy

- Geography
-- Europe
--- UK

What I would like to happen is for there to be two layered navigation areas, titled Topic & Geography, as opposed to just the one labeled Category by default.

Then if a user had browsed to Green Issues, they could see both Alternative Energy and Europe as refinements.

Could this be configured in Magento?

 
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Nathan Phoenix
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I’m also missing this and believe it would be a great feature for many users! Is there any update on how to best do this?

I’m currently thinking of implementing the second category tree as a set of attributes, but that still is not only cumbersome for the admin but also will give a less straightforward customer experience.

 
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Amasty
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probably you may create multiple categories, and create a custom block to show them?  It might be easier then create a hierarchy for attributes. Does it make sense?

 
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