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Change Category Order

Thread began 9/23/2009 11:37 am by denise234045 | Last modified 9/25/2009 2:02 pm by Jimmy Wu | 2047 views | 10 replies |

denise234045

Change Category Order

I need to change the order of the category items as they appear in the drop down menu - I'm adding categories and don't want them to appear at the bottom of the list.

Thanks!

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Jimmy Wu

You can order the items by descending order, so the categories will be sorted by newest at the top and oldest at the bottom. To do this, go to your menu.php page in the CSSMenuWriter/cssmw_home/ directory within your powerstore and find the MySql query that looks like this:
"SELECT CategoryName, CategoryID FROM productcategories"

Change it to look like this:
"SELECT CategoryName, CategoryID FROM productcategories ORDER BY CategoryID DESC"

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denise234045

category order

That's not what I need .... I need to insert a couple of categories within an existing list. Please don't tell me I need to redo and loose what I've already entered into the db....

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Jimmy Wu

If you modify the query that way, any new categories added will be at the top. You will not lose any of the category data, this just causes the results to be ordered when they are being retrieved from the database. If you want to put the categories into a specific order, this will take considerably more work than modifying the categories to show up.

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denise234045

Yes - I want to put them in a SPECIFIC ORDER without having to redo it all. I h=guess if I have to I will, but its a considerable amount of work. I'd rather know how to deal with this for future maintenance.

I'm not a php or mySQL expert - wondering if I can make change through phpmy admin - or does the query go by the time stamp??

I guess in the future I should add some empty categories between things - in case I need to more/different categories in the future....

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denise234045

Okay - I changed the CategoryID's in mySQL, so if I can get them to display in ascending order, it would be great.

I'm assuming that this bit from menu.php is what needs to be changed?

<li class="parent"><span><a href="<?php echo($assumedRoot); ?>Products_Results.php">Products</a></span>
<?php
mysql_select_db($database_localhost, $localhost);
$query_menuwriter_productcategories = "SELECT CategoryName, CategoryID FROM productcategories";
$menuwriter_productcategories = mysql_query($query_menuwriter_productcategories, $localhost) or die(mysql_error());
$row_menuwriter_productcategories = mysql_fetch_assoc($menuwriter_productcategories);
$totalRows_menuwriter_productcategories = mysql_num_rows($menuwriter_productcategories);
?>


Thank you for our help.

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Jimmy Wu

Yes, that is where you would change the categories to show in ascending order. Change this:
SELECT CategoryName, CategoryID FROM productcategories

to:
SELECT CategoryName, CategoryID FROM productcategories ORDER BY CategoryID ASC

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denise234045

Thank you!! I so appreciate your help - learning PHP is on my "To do" list...

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denise234045

Another Related Question

Sorry - now I'm trying to change intermediate.php so the the CategoryID list in ascending order and not having any luck. Again assuming its this snippet that needs to be changed:

SELECT * FROM productcategories WHERE CategoryID = (SELECT ProductCategoryID FROM products WHERE ProductCategoryID = CategoryID AND ProductLive <> 0 LIMIT 1)

I tried adding ASC in various places - no luck.

Thank you - very appreciative.....

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denise234045

Nevermind!

Figured it out....

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