If you were to set up stocked brand icons on your homepage and wanted them as clickable links, would you:
A: Set them to link to a search of your store based on that brand
B: Set up categories for the brands and add all relevant products to that category – then set the hyperlink to that category?
Is there a preferred method based on the scale of your brands? Is one method better for 10 brands and another for 100+?
Any opinions welcome!
There are a couple of ways of doing this and I’m pretty sure there will be extensions that can do similar things which could make it easier for you if you’re using attributes
The question here is, is this just for the homepage?
Layered search is what I’m thinking, so for example if you see the demo store here http://demo.magentocommerce.co…..d-and-bath on the left is the attributes, which of course could be for the brand attribute on the products.
That’s just one way through, there are others, this is where you’ll need a developer to do this for you, as you’re a few steps in front of us at the moment.
As it’s the homepage and you’ll want to have their logo’s with them, setting them up specifically for that page would be the better idea.
I would personally use an extension to create pages based on the attributes, these give you the option to add specific text and meta data to the page. Use of a search page is limited and not SEO friendly.
I currently use this one Magento Attributes and Brands pages extension
Thanks Chris, I’ve just spent a few hellish hours putting 700 brands into an Excel sheet to add to a dropdown on a Magmi import template.
Matt – Do you know if you can import a large quantity of attribute values?
Chris – Does this extension have any tools to facilitate this?
You can add manufacturers on the fly with magmi, no need to create them in Magento first. Plus if you create all your attributes seperately you will still have the job of assigning all your products to them.
If you already have all products imported I would just an import with 2 columns for sku & manufacturer
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