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    I would like to have products show up under the subcategory menu. Is there a setting to enable this? A template choice? Does it need to be coded/designed to achieve this?

    A quick "hello" to all the ProStores transplants! You know me as celebra1. I've been busy with my new site here, plus several more stores I've set up. After the dust settles I'll start designing my new site in xhtml. For now though, any help/direction in setting up the category page to show products, not just subcategory links, would be appreciated. I'm sure I can "take it from there" once the correct direction is known. ;) If you want to send me an example of one I'd be most appreciative. Working in html TABLES is a HUGE step backwards for me! My brain is not adjusting to it well! :D

  • #2
    Hi Celebra - Nice to see you here

    You will need to code your own category page to show the products (although I haven't checked to see if it is possible due to lack of time)

    You can find some guidance on what's available on each template here: 3dCart Template Reference Guide

    Hope this will point you in the right direction
    Elegant Weddings +
    www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
    www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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    • #3
      Darn...

      Thanks for the link! Learning this new setup will take time. I guess I'll be designing my category page. The current setup has too many steps! :eek: We sell PRODUCTS, not links to them! Everyone I'm working with wants product pictures on their category page, which SHOULD be the default. So it's time to figure it out.

      Do you know if anyone here has successfully implemented an xhtml/css site? Can it be done in strict or should I use transitional?

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      • #4
        It CAN Be Done!

        SmartCategories is the key!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by celebra1 View Post
          SmartCategories is the key!
          using keywords I presume? then that would mean all your items in that category should have the same keyword defined. Perhaps I misunderstood, can you please elaborate?
          Elegant Weddings +
          www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
          www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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          • #6
            SmartCategories

            Yes, keywords. But they must be unique. You can make them up! It took a bit of configuring, but it does work very nicely. Check it out on Alpine Sand Toys. I did it on my site too. Choose you keywords carefully.

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            • #7
              Welcome Celebra1

              The following format will add your products to main and deeper cats

              UTV Kawasaki [email protected] Kawasaki Teryx/Teryx Billet Parts

              Just use the @ sign with no spaces. Keep a master copy of the cats from deep and work your way up. This way you will have a master copy to easily add new products to your cat structure. To cross promote again use the @ sign and your cat buildout for that cat.

              Good Luck

              FYI: You can use notepad to restructure your cats from PS to 3dcart using "find and replace"
              .
              Clayton
              Go Live Industries

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              • #8
                Originally posted by celebra1 View Post
                Yes, keywords. But they must be unique. You can make them up! It took a bit of configuring, but it does work very nicely. Check it out on Alpine Sand Toys. I did it on my site too. Choose you keywords carefully.
                Yes, I do know this method, I have several of my categories that have subs are defined this way (on the .ca site), but I wasn't happy with the results. so I didn't implement this method on the .com site.

                I would rather display items that belong in that category/subcategories rather than triggering a search every-time someone clicks on the category name.
                I don't know what the expense on bandwidth on displaying items that are assigned to a category as oppose to searching by keyword.
                Elegant Weddings +
                www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
                www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by markpaul
                  I see.. Keyword helps. It is like designating products by tagging them to be searchable online.
                  http://imagicon.info/cat/5-6/1.gif
                  Quack! I don't get it. Did you have something to add or just thinking out load. I get these notices thinking "great a reply to a post I am monitoring and nothing"
                  .
                  Clayton
                  Go Live Industries

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Go Live View Post
                    Quack! I don't get it. Did you have something to add or just thinking out load. I get these notices thinking "great a reply to a post I am monitoring and nothing"

                    a couple of newbies are on a marathon posting on random threads with no relevancy to the subject matter. Yesterday morning and this morning most replies on posts were not worth reading.
                    Elegant Weddings +
                    www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
                    www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ElegantWeddings View Post
                      a couple of newbies are on a marathon posting on random threads with no relevancy to the subject matter. Yesterday morning and this morning most replies on posts were not worth reading.
                      Yes I noticed and what gets me is If it was MY THREAD with a nonsense reply it would make my tread look like it received an answer. When in this instance I would prefer the goose egg in hopes someone would provide true assistance. Lets hope this nonsense stops soon!
                      .
                      Clayton
                      Go Live Industries

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ElegantWeddings View Post
                        a couple of newbies are on a marathon posting on random threads with no relevancy to the subject matter. Yesterday morning and this morning most replies on posts were not worth reading.
                        Yep, and that's why they are now on my IGNORE list. :D

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                        • #13
                          Pros & Cons of Approaches

                          Go_Live,

                          I'm assuming that the @ approach needs to be configured in the spreadsheet category column. I can adjust the current setup easily - I use Find & Replace a lot! I am confused about ElegantWeddings concern over bandwidth. Would the current setup using keywords delay the display &/or result in more bandwidth draw? I started in this direction when I found the SmartCategories area, and then recalled a phone conversation with jesseo a few years back. He was promoting the keyword approach. The main advantage I can see with @ over SmartCategories is in not having gibberish keywords, therefore being "cleaner". Are there any other pros/cons in one approach over another?

                          BTW Go_Live, PM me your address. I have something you asked about a while back.

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                          • #14
                            Good Morning
                            Yes in the spreadsheet.
                            As to the cat approach (items display that are in that cat)
                            Key word approach (your entire thousands of products will be scanned for the keywords)
                            .
                            Clayton
                            Go Live Industries

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by celebra1 View Post
                              BTW Go_Live, PM me your address. I have something you asked about a while back.
                              Now that I think about it. I think I'm about to be very excited.
                              I want to call you by your given name. But not sure if you want to be displayed.
                              Thank you, Thank you
                              .
                              Clayton
                              Go Live Industries

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