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Change category view layout.
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah Ive tried everything I can think of. I need to default category view to be a two column layout with the shopping cart and compare items on the left. I have tried editing numerous xml files with numerous different things and nothing seems to change at all. I was able to set the layout of an individual category through the admin, but i would rather change the default view to make it easier for future changes. v1.0 is great! Thanks everyone at Varien and this community for making it the best ecommerce solution available, period. Image Attachments Click thumbnail to see full-size image Posted: April 1 2008  |  top
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah                                                                                                                                If i am correct, that should show only the left bar, but every category page still uses the 3 column layout. Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 1
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah It appears to be an issue with caching. Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 2
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah I love replying to my own topic. I’ve been playing around and created more questions for myself then I have answered. I can’t seem to get the shopping cart on the left side of the page in the category view. I was able to get it to be a 2 column layout and I was able to get compare products on the left. Shopping cart doesn’t want to budge. Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 3
 andyellis_2000   Total Posts:  41 Joined:  2008-02-15 I am glad you are enjoying your conversation with yourself. Just as a thought, you are familiar with the templates \app\design\frontend\default\default\template\callouts\right_col.phtml \app\design\frontend\default\default\template\callouts\left_col.phtml I made some changes to mine via those pages, the customer service thing (which I made my own) is now on the left, and replaced the blackboaord with a random tips script Maybe those pages will help you with what you are trying.  I suspect you can put the cart code into the let col phtml file, but not sure. Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 4
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah This should be done with an xml file, but I can’t seem to get it right. Also, what happened to main.xml? Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 5
 JesseStewart   Total Posts:  82 Joined:  2008-02-18 Salt Lake City, Utah looks like main.xml is depreciated. Can anyone help me figure out how to move mini-cart to the left side. Image Attachments Click thumbnail to see full-size image Posted: April 1 2008  |  top  |  # 6
 karynn   Total Posts:  70 Joined:  2008-02-07 Just posting an update, since I couldn’t find the answer on this page for changing the default page layout for all categories. The file to update is \app\design\frontend\default\default\layout\page.xml —the reference to the template is right at the top. Before:            After:            To move the mini cart, see the exercise on this page: http://www.magentocommerce.com/design_guide/articles/intro-to-layouts Posted: May 13 2008  |  top  |  # 7
 Genisys   Total Posts:  7 Joined:  2008-08-19 Jesse Stewart: Did you ever find the answer as to why the page template wouldn’t switch to page/2columns-left.phtml ? According to the Magento design_guide your template change code (like mine) is exactly right. i.e.:- with the following added in just under Clearly, from this post… It doesn’t work for me either. This particular development is using ver 1.16 but I think the problem has been there since 1.0 As Karynn states (in reply # 7), you can change page.xml, but of course this affects ALL page defaults. Seems to me that the layout update when effected (in the right place, as shown) is simply being ignored, OR that there’s a further layout_update downstream that is switching it back to whatever is set in page.xml. Surely there must be others that have come across the same problem, but the other posts on a similar vein are all off-target. Anybody ??? Nigel Sheppard (aka. Genisys) Posted: December 12 2008  |  top  |  # 8
 frozensage   Total Posts:  2 Joined:  2009-03-17 Only way I managed to get this thing working is adding                                            under default in catalog.xml I couldn’t even get it working when going into manage category and setting the root category to use 2columns-left. Very annoying!! Posted: March 31 2009  |  top  |  # 9
 theGman   Total Posts:  4 Joined:  2009-08-08 karynn - 12 May 2008 04:34 PMJust posting an update, since I couldn’t find the answer on this page for changing the default page layout for all categories. The file to update is \app\design\frontend\default\default\layout\page.xml —the reference to the template is right at the top. Before:            After:            To move the mini cart, see the exercise on this page: http://www.magentocommerce.com/design_guide/articles/intro-to-layouts All I wanted to do was disable the MYCART and the RECENTLY viewed products from the right of the page and your solution worked perfectly! Thanks a million. Is it just me or does magento have the most complicated layout system EVER! Thanks a tonne!. Posted: October 5 2009  |  top  |  # 10
 ceefour   Total Posts:  52 Joined:  2008-09-16 Bandung, Indonesia frozensage - 30 March 2009 04:47 PMOnly way I managed to get this thing working is adding                                            under default in catalog.xml I couldn’t even get it working when going into manage category and setting the root category to use 2columns-left. Very annoying!! Yes that’s what works, if you look in Magento’s catalogsearch.xml it also does it that way. I’d also add the “update handle” so it becomes :                                Related thread: http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/16838/ Posted: January 21 2011  |  top  |  # 11
 MageBright   Total Posts:  100 Joined:  2011-11-21 Pls check Some One Help this thread Posted: October 5 2013  |  top  |  # 12