Problem I'm having;

I'm trying to add a Left sidebar navigation, I got advice yesterday to edit my layout.xml, catalog.xml and create a myleft.phtml file. I even set the layout to 2 column with left bar in the back end. I have done all of this but still no left navigation. So I installed this addon

Which even though I set in the back end settings to "left column" it still ends up on the top above all other content as shown here

I will post a new comment with my layout.xml and catalog.xml as I can't post any more characters

Thanks, Stephen


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This may be due to several issues *(css isn't useful for the question I recommend you to remove it and add the -layout-.xml where you are adding the block and it path to)*

  1. If you are using de 'RWD' theme and the extension was written for he 'default' the extension layout will not be loaded.

  2. Same if you already have created a local.xml file in your theme

  3. Ensure that you are adding the block to the left block


<reference name="left"> <block name="your_block">....</block> </reference>


Looking at the image you've attached seems to be a sass/css problem you must change the css classes definition for that media-query. In RWD magento add the filters over the catalog for viewports smaller than xxx px.

Check your sass files to find the breakpoints vars, you can see the changes in the DOM using the mobile simulator of google chrome: and clicking blue, green and orange bars in the top:

enter image description here

Here you'll find a complete guide about the RWD theme.

  • Do I add that code to the backend or my catalog.xml? Because it is definitely in my catalog pointing to LEFT reference. Also that addon does work with rwd theme according to their support page.
    – SixShields
    Jan 15, 2016 at 0:55
  • The layout file in which the menu block is included Jan 15, 2016 at 0:59
  • Edited the catalog.xml to; <reference name="left"> <block type="catalog/navigation" name="catalog.leftnav" template="catalog/navigation/left.phtml"> </block> </reference> And still does not show in the left column, as shown in the imgur link in top post
    – SixShields
    Jan 15, 2016 at 1:08
  • ok seems to be ok, can you see the menu html inside the <div class="col-left ..." Jan 15, 2016 at 1:18
  • Which file am I looking at?
    – SixShields
    Jan 15, 2016 at 1:20

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