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Sections > Subsections help needed
« on: 10/06/05 at 12:30:22 »
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OK, I've got around 20-30 BASIC CP shops, what I'm trying to do is group them into Main Sections (i.e. Fish) and Subsections (i.e. Tuna, Shark, Bass).

In cpshop admin I've figured out how to get the Subsections to work on my site (sidebar), but when I went back to do Main Sections, I ran into a brick wall. I can figure out how to get ALL the stores into one Main Section (not what I want), but how do I go about getting the Subsections I've created into a Main Section without having all the products show up in the Main Section? Hope that makes sense.

I'll try to explain a different way. In my sidebar I want

Fish
 Tuna
 Shark
 Bass

On the Fish Section page, I don't want any Products (thumbnails). I only want Products under the Subsections (Tuna, Shark, Bass).

Do I need to hard code a seperate .htm category page for Fish, or can I do what I'm attempting through cpshop admin?

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Re: Sections > Subsections help needed
« Reply #1 on: 10/06/05 at 14:13:38 »
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The way most people accomplish this is through setting up multiple instances of cpshop.  For example, fish.cgi would contain the fish-related stores, and bird.cgi would contain the bird-related stores.

The other way, as you've already noted, is to create all the stores in one cpshop instance, and then to do the categorization management through standard HTML pages.

The downside to either of these options is that you're forced to do a lot of the management yourself, like the sidebar.

It can, however, have fantastic results if done correctly.  You can see a particularly great example at http://www.onehorseshy.com .
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Re: Sections > Subsections help needed
« Reply #2 on: 10/06/05 at 14:30:45 »
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OK, thanks.

Two questions then:

1) Which scenerio that you give above is onehorseshy doing?

2) If I choose to do mutiple instances of cpshop, do I need to purcahse seperate copies for each one I would need? Still not sure how I would going about getting the different "sections" to come together under one site though.
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« Reply #3 on: 10/06/05 at 14:36:28 »
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onehorseshy is using multiple instances of cpshop.  

To do the same thing, just make copies of cpshop.cgi, cpshop.cgi.images, cpshop.cgi.stores (if you have it), and cpshop.cgi.config, and rename the "cpshop" part to something else.

So you might have:

bird.cgi
bird.cgi.images
bird.cgi.config
bird.cgi.stores (if necessary)
fish.cgi
fish.cgi.images
fish.cgi.config
fish.cgi.stores (also if necessary)

Just stick all those files in your cpshop directory, and then switch between them on the admin panel using the dropdown box at the top.

And you can run as many copies of cpshop as you want, as long as they're on sites you own.  The only time you have to buy more licenses is if you're installing cpshop on someone else's site, like a friend, client, customer, etc..

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« Reply #4 on: 10/06/05 at 14:40:48 »
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Cool, thanks! Didn't know you could do that, and that they would "talk" to each other.

I didn't get cpshop.cgi.stores. Do I need it?
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« Reply #5 on: 10/07/05 at 03:21:51 »
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cpshop.cgi.stores?  Nope, don't need it.  Very few people use it.
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« Reply #6 on: 10/07/05 at 14:28:42 »
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OK, I got it (Thanks Marty!), so far I have:

Fish (section with links only)
 Dumb Fish (thumbs)
 Not Dumb Fish (thumbs)

Birds
 Dead Birds
 Not Dead Birds

This is using multiple instances of cpshop.cgi and the associated files being renamed as Marty suggested previoulsy. Works great!

Now, I want to do this. In the Dumb Fish Subsection, I would like to offer at the top, links to the 3 different designs for Dumb Fish. All the thumbs are currently below mixed together with the 3 designs, but I would like to say, "There are 3 designs available in this category, use these links to select only that design" or something like that. Then have links to the 3 individual designs available for Dumb Fish:
"Really Dumb Fish"
"Fish who think they are cats"
"Dumb and Smelly fish"

Do I need to go back and setup more instances of renamed cpshop.cgi for the Subsections Dumb Fish and Not Dumb Fish? Or can I use filters (haven't gone there yet, but have read up on them) within the Fish Section to do what I want?

Hope all that makes sense.
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« Reply #7 on: 10/08/05 at 03:21:01 »
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This definitely sounds like a place where filters would be your best option.
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