I'm trying to disable a particular attribute filter in layered navigation for a specific category. The attribute filter I wish to disable is the manufacturer in this instance.

I'm trying the following in the 'Custom Design Layout' for the category in question:-

<block type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav" after="currency" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml">
    <action method="unsetChild"><alias>manufacturer_filter</alias></action>

This is half working, it hides the manufacturer filter in the layered navigation, but it also hides everything else below this in catalog.leftnav.

Any idea how the above needs modifying to prevent that from happening?

To explain what I mean, here are screenshots.

Before the XML update

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After the XML update

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  • I don't understand this, what do you mean, by "but it also hides everything else below this in catalog.leftnav." – Fabian Blechschmidt Dec 6 '13 at 14:07
  • Everything else in the left hand sidebar below <alias>manufacturer_filter</alias> disappears from the page. – zigojacko Dec 6 '13 at 14:08
  • all other filter!? – Fabian Blechschmidt Dec 6 '13 at 14:11
  • No.... EVERYTHING - I don't know how else to explain it but absolutely everything below the particular filter disappears from the sidebar (everything above it stays, everything below it vanishes). It's like a syntax error or something and the element stops loading but there is nothing in the logs. – zigojacko Dec 6 '13 at 14:13
  • I can provide before/after screenshot if necessary. – zigojacko Dec 6 '13 at 14:14

You can achieve this if you rewrite the Mage_Catalog_Model_Layer::getFilterableAttributes method.
For a specific category you can add a new filter.

Something like this (not tested)

public function getFilterableAttributes()
    $setIds = $this->_getSetIds();
    if (!$setIds) {
        return array();
    $collection = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_attribute_collection');
        ->setOrder('position', 'ASC');
    if ($this->getCurrentCategory()->getId() == 7) {
         //if in that specific category...You can even make this a category setting or a config setting so you won't hard code it.  
         $collection->addFieldToFilter('attribute_code', array('neq'=>'manufacturer'));

    $collection = $this->_prepareAttributeCollection($collection);

    return $collection;
  • Can't actually recall if we used this in the end but this looks a good way to define the available filters so accepting as the answer :) – zigojacko May 6 '15 at 10:20

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