Easy Catalog Images

EasyCatalogImages allows you to show category listing of the specified parent category.

It’s very helpful to improve browsing experience in categories with a lot of child categories.

EasyCatalogImages at category page

Contents

  1. Configuration
  2. Block options
  3. Custom usage examples
    1. Inline php code
    2. Layout xml code
    3. Inline block for magento cms filter
  4. Use cases
    1. Show block below the category title
    2. Show block for certain category only
    3. Remove block from certain category
    4. Display images near subcategories
  5. Compatibility issues

Configuration

EasyCatalogImages configuration

General

  • Enabled
  • Use category image, when thumbnail is not available
  • Use image helper to resize images
  • Background color

Category page

  • Enabled for default categories
  • Enabled for anchor categories
  • Hidden, when filter or pagination is used
  • Number of categories to show
  • Columns count
  • Show images
  • Image width
  • Image height
  • Number of subcategories to show

Automated Image Assignment

Have a lot of categories without images?

This option will help you fill the categories thumbnails with image of the first product of each category.

Options

You can find how to use these options in the Custom Usage section.

Option Values Description
background_color rgb color code Background color what will be used to fill background of resized image, if needed
category_count integer Count of categories to show
category_id integer|null(default) Parent category, do not set to use current category
category_to_hide comma separated ids Categories to hide from output
category_to_show comma separated ids Categories to show
column_count integer Columns count
hide_when_filter_is_used boolean Ability to hide block, if filter is applied or current page > 1
image_width integer Image width, px
image_height integer Image height, px
resize_image boolean Flag, that indicating to use image resizer or not
show_image boolean Show image flag
subacategory_count integer Count of subcategories
template string(tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml) Template to use
use_image_attribute boolean Use image attribute, if thumbnail is not available

Custom Usage

Below you will find examples of custom usage of the module block with all available options.

Inline call to use in magento cms blocks and pages

EasyCatalogImages widget

{{widget type="easycatalogimg/widget_list" category_count="100" subcategory_count="5" column_count="4" show_image="1" image_width="200" image_height="200" template="tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml"}}
Inline php code
echo $this->getLayout()
    ->createBlock('easycatalogimg/list')
    ->setTemplate('tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml')
    ->setEnabledForAnchor(true)
    ->setEnabledForDefault(true)
    ->setCategoryCount(4)
    ->setSubcategoryCount(3)
    ->setColumnCount(4)
    ->setShowImage(true)
    ->setImageWidth(200)
    ->setImageHeight(200)
    ->setHideWhenFilterIsUsed(false)
    ->setCategoryId(8)
    ->setCategoryToHide('1,2,3')
    ->setCategoryToShow('4,5,6')
    ->toHtml();
Layout xml code
<block type="easycatalogimg/list" name="subcategories" template="tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml">
    <action method="setColumnCount"><count>4</count></action>
    <action method="setShowImage"><flag>1</flag></action>
    <action method="setImageHeight"><height>200</height></action>
    <action method="setImageWidth"><width>200</width></action>
    <action method="setCategoryCount"><count>4</count></action>
    <action method="setSubcategoryCount"><count>3</count></action>
    <action method="setResizeImage"><flag>1</flag></action>
    <action method="setUseImageAttribute"><flag>1</flag></action>
    <action method="setEnabledForAnchor"><flag>1</flag></action>
    <action method="setEnabledForDefault"><flag>1</flag></action>
    <action method="setHideWhenFilterIsUsed"><flag>0</flag></action>
    <action method="setCategoryId"><category>8</category></action>
    <action method="setCategoryToHide"><category>1,2,3</category></action>
    <action method="setCategoryToShow"><category>4,5,6</category></action>
</block>

Use cases

Show block below the category title
  1. Navigate to System > Configuration > TM > EasyCatalogImages > Category and disable the following options:

    Enabled for default categories
    Enabled for anchor categories
    
  2. Open app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/category/view.phtml

    Please note that, your theme may override this template, so you need to edit your theme template, instead of this one.

  3. Add the following code, where you wish to:

    <?php
        echo $this->getLayout()
            ->createBlock('easycatalogimg/widget_list')
            ->setTemplate('tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml')
            ->setCategoryCount(10)
            ->toHtml();
    ?>
    

    See the additional options at inline php code section.

  4. Save the file and clear the cache.

Show block for certain category only
  1. Navigate to CMS > Static Blocks and create new block with following content:

    Block Title:    EasyCatalogImages
    Identifier:     EasyCatalogImages
    Store View:     All Store Views
    Status:         Enabled
    Content:        {{widget type="easycatalogimg/widget_list" category_count="100" subcategory_count="5" column_count="4" show_image="1" image_width="200" image_height="200" template="tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml" hide_when_filter_is_used="1"}}
    
  2. Navigate to System > Configuration > TM > EasyCatalogImages > Category and disable the following options:

    Enabled for default categories
    Enabled for anchor categories
    
  3. Navigate to Catalog > Manage Categories
  4. Select some the category
  5. Switch to Display Settings tab and set the following values:

    Display Mode:   Static block and products
    CMS Block:      EasyCatalogImages
    
  6. Save category and clear the cache.
Remove block from certain category
  1. Navigate to Catalog > Manage Categories
  2. Select some the category
  3. Switch to Custom Design tab and add the following code to Custom Layout Update field:

    <remove name="subcategories"/>
    
  4. Save category and clear the cache.
Display images near subcategories

Images near subcategory links

  1. Open app/design/frontend/base/default/template/tm/easycatalogimg/list.phtml and find the following lines:

    <li>
        <a href="<?php echo $_subcategory->getUrl() ?>"
            title="<?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_subcategory->getName())?>"
            class="category-name child-category"><?php
            echo $this->htmlEscape($_subcategory->getName());
        ?></a>
    </li>
    
  2. Replace them with:

    <li>
        <a href="<?php echo $_subcategory->getUrl() ?>"
            title="<?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_subcategory->getName())?>"
            class="category-name child-category"
            ><img src="<?php echo Mage::helper('easycatalogimg/image')->resize($this->getImage($_subcategory), 60, 60) ?>"
                width="60"
                height="60"
                alt="<?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_subcategory->getName()) ?>"
            /><?php
            echo $this->htmlEscape($_subcategory->getName());
        ?></a>
    </li>
    
  3. Save file and clear the cache
  4. Add the css styles to your theme to make subcategory links look nice:

    .easycatalogimg .list-subcategories li {
        background: none !important;
        padding: 0 !important;
        line-height: 60px !important;
    }
    .easycatalogimg .list-subcategories li a {
        text-decoration: none !important;
    }
    .easycatalogimg .list-subcategories li img {
        margin-right: 4px !important;
    }
    

Compatibility issues

Amasty Shopby extension

Extension option ‘Hidden, when filter or pagination is used’ does not work properly with Shopby extension from Amasty.

Solving - remove few lines at app/code/local/Amasty/Shopby/Block/Catalog/Layer/View.php in method _prepareLayout(). Below is code that has to be removed/commented:

if($productsBlock = Mage::app()->getLayout()->getBlock('category.products')) {
    $productsBlock->getCmsBlockHtml();
}
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