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Why use Shop by Brands on your Magento
Shop by Brand extension for Magento enables you to create separate pages for brands presented in your store and link to them from product pages, thus making it easier for your customers to browse and shop by specific brands (manufacturers, artists, authors, etc.). The extension can be applied to any number of single-select attributes simultaneously, so your customers can shop by multiple attributes.
- Can be applied to any number of single-select attributes simultaneously;
- Allows shoppers to filter products by brand, with a categories sidebar shown on the page as well;
- Allows for displaying brands only from the current category in the sidebar block;
- Allows for using Magento layered navigation and/or AITOC's Layered Navigation Pro for Enterprise Edition on brand pages;
- Has an option of displaying categories as a tree on brand pages;
- Creates a new block with links to the most popular or featured brands;
- Adds a new menu item listing all Brands in alphabetical order;
- Allows for displaying Brand /Manufacturer pages on the Sitemap;
- Has an option of listing only the brands that are currently in stock.
Brand Display Features:
- Places small brand logos for brands sidebar block and/or on all brand pages;
- Specifies the number of products listed under each brand in the Brands List;
- Allows creating editable brand information pages with customizable layouts;
- Allows to insert a brand block or brand logo on a product page and links from product pages to associated brand pages;
- Allows for setting the sort order for products on the brand page.
- Automatically fills out the list of Brands, you don’t have to do it manually;
- Allows for using WYSIWYG for brand description on brand edit page;
- Allows custom settings per store view;
- Allows for creating different lists of Brands for each store view and/or website.
- Allows for optimizing brand pages for search engines by specifying custom meta-tags and SEO-friendly URLs;
- Allows for using canonical link meta tags for categories;
- Allows for customizing the brand page URL by removing the .html and adding a mask around the brand name.
The extension comes with User Manual and Installation Guide and is Open Source.
To get a better idea of how the extension works and to see its real-life implementation, please take a look at this short video:
+ stands for new feature added
* stands for bugfix
February 28, 2013 (ver. 11.3.2)* Fixed the issue when saving attribute with lots of options;
* Fixed the issue with sort order of associated products.
December 23, 2013 (ver. 11.3.1)* Fixed the issue with switching store-views on brands pages when they have different url-key on each store-view;
October 16, 2013 (ver. 11.3.0)+ The extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 220.127.116.11
September 26, 2013 (ver. 11.2.3)* Fixed the issue with brands pages fill-out. Fill-out speed increased;
* Fixed the issue all brands page;
September 25, 2013 (ver. 11.2.2)* Fixed compatibility issue with AITOC Layered Navigation Pro extension and AITOC Module Manager 3.0+
September 12, 2013 (ver. 11.2.1)* Improved the functionality that counts brands (attributes) and their products to speed up brand page load;
July 29, 2013 (ver. 11.2.0)+ The extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 18.104.22.168
May 8, 2013 (ver. 11.1.11)* Fixed the issue with displaying products on category page when extension is enabled;
March 13, 2013 (ver. 11.1.10)* Fixed the issue when attribute & attribute value have different url-keys for different store-views;
January 16, 2013 (ver. 11.1.9)* Fixed the issue with "Show Categories As Tree" when using layered navigation is not enabled;
November 26, 2012 (ver. 11.1.8)* Fixed the issue with navigation category when layered navigation is enabled;
October 24, 2012 (ver. 11.1.7)* Fixed the issue with brands page caching when full page cache is enabled;
September 11, 2012 (ver. 11.1.6)* Fixed the issue with assigning products to a brand;
* Fixed the translations files;
August 22, 2012 (ver. 11.1.5)* Fixed the issue with wrong product number in price filter when using layered navigation on brand(attribute) page is enabled;
* Fixed the issue with displaying the list of brands in navigation menu;
July 20, 2012 (ver. 11.1.4)* Fixed the issue with creating new attribute when Shop By Brands extension is enabled;
+ The extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 22.214.171.124
June 29, 2012 (ver. 11.1.3)* Fixed the issue when Flat Catalog is enabled;
May 29, 2012 (ver. 11.1.2)* Compatibility fix with AITOC Layered Navigation Pro;
* Fixed the issue with displaying the list of brands in navigation menu on some Magento versions;
May 4, 2012 (ver. 11.1.1)+ The extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 126.96.36.199
April 4, 2012 (ver. 11.1.0)+ Now the list of brands (attribute values) can be set to display as a menu item;
March 29, 2012 (ver. 11.0.12)+ Extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 188.8.131.52
March 14, 2012 (ver. 11.0.11)* Fixed the bug with magento layered navigation on brand(attribute) page;
March 13, 2012 (ver. 11.0.10)* Compatibility fix with AITOC Layered Navigation Pro;
March 6, 2012 (ver. 11.0.9)+ Allows enabling/disabling Product List caching on brand (attribute) page;
February 20, 2012 (ver. 11.0.8)* Fixed attribute displaying in Layered Navigation Pro block;
February 10, 2012 (ver. 11.0.7)* Fixed duplication of products on brand(attribute) page, after changing pager values;
* Fixed SQL error, when magento tables have a prefix;
February 10, 2012 (ver. 11.0.6)* Fixed the crash when cron job is running;
January 31, 2012 (ver. 11.0.5)* Fixed incorrect quantity displaying on the attributes page;
January 17, 2012 (ver. 11.0.4)+ Allows for adding meta title, keywords and description to the main brands (attribute) page;
* Fixed the bug with products caching on a brand page;
January 05, 2012 (ver. 11.0.3)+ Now the categories block and product block on the brand page is cached. The cache is refreshed along with magento HTML output cache;
* Fixed the shorten tags in templates;
December 27, 2011 (ver. 11.0.1)* Fixed Advanced Language Pack for Italian and Spanish;
December 14, 2011 (ver. 11.0.0)+ Can be applied to any number of single-select attributes simultaneously;
+ Enables your customers to shop by multiple attributes;
+ Allows for using canonical link meta tags for categories;
October 19, 2011 (ver. 10.1.9)* Fixed the issue with default products sorting on a brand page;
October 13, 2011 (ver. 10.1.8)* Fixed the issue with images displaying in brand description;
October 10, 2011 (ver. 10.1.7)+ Extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 184.108.40.206
September 27, 2011 (ver. 10.1.7)* Fixed the issue with sorting on the brand page;
September 20, 2011 (ver. 10.1.6)* Fixed the issue when using sort by category on brand page;
July 25, 2011 (ver. 10.1.5)* Compatibility fix with Layered Navigation Pro;
July 21, 2011 (ver. 10.1.4)* Compatibility fix with Multi-Location Inventory;
June 27, 2011 (ver. 10.1.3)* Translations fixes
June 22, 2011 (ver. 10.1.2)+ Advanced Language Pack for the extension added:
All extension interfaces are translated into these languages;
June 10, 2011 (ver. 10.1.1)* Fixed the bug on brand page if Layered Navigation Pro not installed;
* Fixed the bug with Layered navigation display on brand page, if brand attribute is other than manufacturer;
May 30, 2011 (ver. 10.1.0)+ Allows for using Magento layered navigation and/or AITOC's Layered Navigation Pro on brands pages;
May 26, 2011 (ver. 10.0.4)+ Extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 220.127.116.11
May 11, 2011 (ver. 10.0.4)* Fixed error if template layout is missing breadcrumbs block;
April 22, 2011 (ver. 10.0.3)+ Extension is compatible with Magento Enterprise Edition 18.104.22.168
April 18, 2011 (ver. 10.0.2)* Fixed product sorting within a brand if flat product is enabled;
* Fixed non-existing default scope 'aitmanufacturers_sort' attribute values;
January 20, 2011 (ver. 10.0.0)Enterprise version launched;
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There might be minor differences, but the demo is enough to give you an idea of how the extension works.
RatingReview by Brandeer.ch (Posted on 12/28/10)
Great Extension - using it on www.brandeer.ch for SEO (Brands are important keywords..) and the users are satisfied (they can easily find the shirt, hoodie or what else from their favorite brand..)
RatingReview by www.timetoday.nl (Posted on 10/26/10)
For our watch webshop www.timetoday.nl we used the AITOC Sho by Brands Module and even made some modifications ourselves to show brand images on the product catelogues on category pages. E.g.: http://www.timetoday.nl/heren-horloges.html.
We were especially happy with the quick and professional support. We have found out that modules of different companies in a lot of cases have small conflicts and such, but with good help from these parties these conflicts are often fixed in no time.
So thanks for the excellent code and quick customer support!
RatingReview by Frank P (Posted on 1/22/10)
Shop by Brands is one of several modules that we have used on a new Magento web site, and they are all excellent additions that offer much needed functionality.
Additionally, AITOC has supplied excellent support. The only issues we ran into were caused by our lack of knowledge about Magento and its configuration, yet the AITOC support has been most gracious in finding and educating us about configuration issues that needed to be corrected.
Thank you AITOC for making our new Magento site shine!
RatingReview by greg (Posted on 12/27/09)
As usually with AITOC (and before with Adjustware), the extension works perfectly. I really appreciate the way you open your code for us to be able to modify /change/ improve it.
Just wanna thank you 4 that : I now consider giving you some work ;-)
RatingReview by Filip (Posted on 11/12/09)
Easy to setup, easy to customize & it works great!
RatingReview by Julien (Posted on 11/6/09)
Very good extension ! I put only 4 stars because it would be nice if brand pages will be added in the sitemap.
RatingReview by Maria Ruiz (Posted on 9/23/09)
Easy to install and very professional extension. AITOC extensions make Magento even better!
RatingReview by James Lai, ShearUp.com (Posted on 9/4/09)
The AITOC Show by Brands Extension allows my customers to connect with the products they're looking for in a way that's efficient and intuitive.
RatingReview by Eric E Pickett (Posted on 9/4/09)
Great company to do business with. I purchased several modules during the middle of the night. I did not completely understand how to install them so I sent a tech ticket, expecting a reply in a couple of days, and to my surprise, within 5 minutes I received a tech reply with the offer for them to install the modules for me. Not only do they have great products but amazing service. I will hands down direct any friends or businesses to them.
RatingReview by Ingo Schaer (Posted on 9/4/09)
Excellent company - responsive and clean programmed modules which are fully compatible to Magento.
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