I recently upgraded Magento from 1.3 to 1.7 - everything appears to be working fine but there is a little issue.

I am unable to view my category on front page. I am displaying all my categories on a custom page and this function Mage::helper('catalog/category')->getStoreCategories(); isn't working - it returns null.

I know I can use the category collection methods to retrieve all my categories but my question is why this function returns null, despite the fact I have over 100 categories in my store.

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Sounds like either the store needs re-indexing, or the upgrade didn't quite go right.

  1. Ensure FCP/FCC is disabled (System > Configuration > Catalogue)
  2. Re-run all the indexes
  3. Make sure the store root catalogue is set correctly (System > Manage Stores)

If this doesn't work/help, then repeat your upgrade again. 1.3 to 1.7 is a BIG jump (even 1.3 to 1.4.2 is a big jump). You are better staging the upgrade over two upgrades

1.3       ->   ->
  • root catalog is set i have re-run all indexing everything is working fine except category
    – Mufaddal
    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:15
  • Start from the beginning and Run the upgrade again then. Mar 7, 2013 at 8:28
  • But there is no other way?
    – Mufaddal
    Mar 7, 2013 at 8:30
  • You did a big upgrade and something fundamental isn't working. If you've followed the standard debug procedure and its still not working then you need to restart. Mar 7, 2013 at 8:36
  • Ok let me check all over thing again
    – Mufaddal
    Mar 7, 2013 at 8:47

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