Display Magento categories in the Left side of the Homepage..

Magento has its top menu reserved for category navigation. It’s pretty solid for displaying categories, even when there is a large number of them.

In most of the cases clients want is a vertical == sidebar == category menu. so they can also put sub-categories in it like menu navigation. We can always expand on this, but in most of the cases 3 levels are more than enough for stores.

layout

app/design/frontend/base/default/layout/page.xml or your theme’s equivalent.

This will tell Magento to load our template on each page that sports a layout with a right column.

template file

Create app/design/frontend/base/default/template/page/custom.phtml with the following content:


See the below image as result:




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