I'm currently using the below to add a category programatically/in the front end

 $category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category');
 $parentCategory = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load("X");

There are 2 settings which i need to be able to add - the setting of use parent category settings = yes and the category thumbnail

How can this be done with the above?

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You can add the following lines for that:


The [image] is the name of the image that is located in media/catalog/category/

  • Is there a magento page/wiki that states what each category's attribute/setting 'setXXXX' is? So in admin the Use Parent Category Settings is setCustomUseParentSettings(true) As i need to also set the displayMode to staticblockonly and then state which block to use for CMS block. Rather than ask another question is this list somewhere?
    – odd_duck
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 14:36
  • You can use every database field and available attributes as a setXXXX command. You just have to camelcase the fieldname (remove the underscore and set the first letter after the _ as uppercase). So display_mode becomes setDisplayMode() and image bcomes setImage(). Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 17:37

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