In our Magento project we have around 200 thousand skus and many of them are with incomplete information. So we made a filter to prevent products without images from appearing on the category pages.



public function filterProductsWithoutImages($observer) {
    if (isset($observer['collection'])) {
        $collection = $observer['collection'];
        $collection->addAttributeToFilter('small_image', array('neq' => "no_selection"));

        return $this;

Products without images are removed from the collection. The problem occurs with pagination. The filtered products generate "holes" in the product listing. Example:

Category Accessories: 100 SKUS active.

Page 1: 36 products. Only 20 products are displayed, because 16 are without images.

Page 2: 36 products. Only 9 products are displayed, because 27 are without images.

Page 3: 28 products. The 28 products are displayed because they all have images.

So the problem is that after changing the collection, either through events catalog_product_collection_load_before or catalog_product_collection_load_after, the collection's pagination is not updated and the indices of the filtered products remain.

My questions:

  1. In my understanding, the page was built after the load of the collection (so I was using the catalog_product_collection_load_before event). But because of this situation, it does not seem to be that way. How does it actually work?

  2. Considering that if I edit the collection and load it again it can generate an infinite loop, how can I update the collection so as not to generate these "holes"?

1 Answer 1


Try controlling the collection filtering via extending the Block_Product_List_Toolbar, this has worked for me on similar scenario to you. Here's some code to get you started;

config.xml (in <global> scope):



class YourCompany_YourModule_Block_Product_List_Toolbar extends Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_List_Toolbar

    public function setCollection($collection)

       $this->getCollection()->addAttributeToFilter('small_image', array('neq' => "no_selection"));

       return $this;

  • I tried to remove the event I created and use your solution, but the effect was the same. The products were removed but the "holes" continued. Feb 6, 2018 at 15:03
  • Try echo $this->getCollection()->getSelect(); before the return $this; - it will show the SQL query. is this as expected? Is it possible you've got a 3rd-party module overriding Catalog_Block_Product_List_Toolbar? Feb 6, 2018 at 15:07
  • There isn't 3rd-party extension overring Catalog_Block_Product_List_Toolbar, but there is a 3rd-party extension overring the Layer Model. I'll look it. Feb 6, 2018 at 15:52

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