Currently on my site when I visit a top level category from the sidebar the URL is: http://example.com/top-level-category

Then when I click a sub-category in the resulting sidebar the URL is: http://example.com/top-level-category?cat=123.

I would expect the URL to be the URL of the sub-category, i.e.: http://example.com/top-level-category/sub-category

Is there a way to get the category sidebar to use the SEO friendly-url instead of cat=123 for subcategories?

  • Did you get this resolved? I have the same problem.
    – Dave Child
    May 28, 2015 at 11:04
  • Unfortunately, I have not. May 28, 2015 at 11:15

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You can turn off Anchor mode for the top-level-category, which will cause the sub-category links in the resulting sidebar to become links to the category page instead of filters that have an URL like cat=123.

Also see this question/answer: https://magento.stackexchange.com/a/2792

If you want to keep the filters, you'll need to use a third-party module

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