I have rewritten the customer login function to immediately redirect the customer to a specific category.

The overwritten login function looks like this:

public function loginAction()

    $categoryId = Mage::getStoreConfig('customer_rewrite/customer/target_category_id');
    $storeId = Mage::app()->getStore()->getId();
    $url = $this->_getSeoCategoryUrl($categoryId, $storeId);

This function works perfectly (_getSeoCategoryUrl is a protected function I wrote to create the relevant URL, and is not important for this question, I think) and redirects to the correct category page.

I'm just curious why I had to use setBeforeAuthUrl, and not setAfterAuthUrl - I would like to know why I have to do it like that, since using setAfterAuthUrl results in the user just ending on the usual login landing page.

Any clarification on this would be most welcome.

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You can find your answer looking the code in the controller you've rewritten

Take a look at method _loginPostRedirect(), there you'll see how Magento manages both variables, and, at the end...

  • Short, concise, clear. I like it!
    – Skytiger
    Apr 26, 2016 at 11:37
  • 1
    Glad it helped ;) Apr 26, 2016 at 11:38

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