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How-to questions / Manufacturer Drop down List and Page
« on: August 18, 2017, 04:10:50 PM »
So I want a drop down list (text -scroll-able) of my manufacturers.
I created a a Block:  (what is with the lower case manufacturer one already there?) 

Custom Block Name:  Manufacturers (made this plural due to the lower case one)
Custom Block Title: Manufacturers
Use block wrapper (appearance): Automatic
Listing Data Source: Manufacturers (from drop down list)
Limit: I tired nothing , 10 and 20

I then put it in the Template Layout.  I tried header, content and footer.
Each time it breaks something and all I get is a blank white page on the site.


The other thing I would like is a page that  list all Manufacturers by their respective icon.

In either the Drop down list or the ICON page, when manufacturer is clicked it would take you to another page listing the categories in which I have products in stock for the particular manufacturer.

Opinions / Imoort - use names instead of an arbitrary #s
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:31:10 PM »
New to Abantecart.
Giving it a try due to it's import capabilities.  So first - it takes allot of digging to find all the necessary documents on Import/Export.  IE - Action(s)  (Update the DOCs)
So getting to grips with the Import process and have found that when using the delete action the
database does not reset Cat_ID #'s.   If a user did not have to know these #'s it wouldn't matter but since you must know a parent ID in order to have a child they are very important in importing data.

Which brings my first suggestion - should be able to import via TEXT data only with  a maker for child or parent.
Say we have 20 different main categories
CAT-1 through CAT-20. Say each main category has 2 sub categories. So we have another 40 SubCats. (SubCat1 through SubCat40) System as it is now I would assign ID's (making sure database is clear) and Import in 2 parts. With MAIN first and then SUBs 2nd. (I tired in a single file using parent_cat_id but even though the TEST didn't error. The Import did)
After all this anytime you want to import products you will need to know the specific Cat ID #s for the particular item.   In my case this is 84 #'s.   Instead of Putting the name (ie Subcat-10) into a field one has to refer to a table lookup.  If you didn't assign them you have to export.

So is it not possible to have it where we use the names instead of an arbitrary #?
Simple file structure to import Categories:
Header: Category name , Cat. Description, Parent/Child , Parent Cat, cat Image file/path
Data:      Main Cat 1        ,  Main Cat 1       , Parent          , 0               , categories/MainCat1.jpg  )
Data:      Sub Cat 1         ,  Sub Cat 1         ,Child             , Main Cat 1, categories/SubCat1.jpg

In regards to products you would just use Sub Cat 1 under Category instead of the Product_Cat._ID #

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