Additional category description module for prestashop (Update)
The additional category description module is designed to efficiently manage additional category descriptions, as well as frequently asked questions (FAQs) for categories and display them on the category page. The distribution of optimized text information thanks to this module, in general, on the page, allows you to achieve better results from search engines, spending a minimum of effort on promotion.
This article is an update of the previous article about the module of additional category description for prestashop and describes the new functionality of the module, which appeared in the new versions.
At the moment, the main properties of the module look like this:
2. Easily display the available additional category descriptions as a general list for better management.
3. Display an additional description of the category on the category page in the back office.
4. Display additional category descriptions in the front office on category pages (left and right column hooks, footer hook, and variable position).
5. A partial view of the additional description.
6. The ability to show an additional description of the category only on one page (the first page) of the category in the presence of page numbering and filters (supported only in prestashop 1.7.x).
7. Ability to show an additional description of the category only on one page (first page) of the category if there is page numbering (full page reload) (supported only in prestashop 1.6.x).
8. Easy to create, edit, delete FAQ and FAQ templates for categories (supported in prestashop >= 1.7.6.x).
9. Display FAQs for categories in Front Office using Schema Markup for better category page SEO. (supported in prestashop >= 1.7.6.x).
10. Easy management of FAQs and FAQ templates in the Back Office. (supported in prestashop >= 1.7.6.x).
11. Using shortcodes (supported in prestashop >= 1.7.6.x).
12. Multilanguage support.
13. Multistore support.
The main functionality that has been added in the new version of the module is a powerful Frequently Asked Questions system for category pages. The FAQ structure supports both individual FAQs for a category and FAQ templates, which makes the work of filling the category page even more convenient. The ready-made FAQ structure for the category is displayed in the Schema Markup , which positively affects SEO.
What are FAQ templates for?
FAQ templates can come in handy if you want to display a set of FAQs in many categories, and you can manage the content from one place. For example, if you need to show store mode or delivery methods in many categories, or content that changes frequently. Then, managing this content from a single template would be convenient.
Also, the contents of the FAQ templates can be copied into the FAQ for the category, which comes in handy if you need to fill up the FAQ content quickly. In the case of copying, copies of the FAQ are created, which are then no longer associated with the templates, but belong to the category to which they were copied.
The module settings on the main page shows the basic settings, lists of additional category descriptions and lists of FAQ templates now look like this:
Form of adding, editing for an additional description in the settings of the module is presented in this form:
You can also add and edit the text of an additional category description directly in the category card in the back office:
FAQ form in the settings:
Template FAQ form in the settings:
Settings for Partial View (You can set the background color for the partial view if set length > 0. The partial view shows part of the description only to visitors. SEO robots see full description. Partial view uses CSS). Nothing has changed here:
This is the result you can expect for the partial view in the front office:
And this is the usual display of the module in the front office:
And this is the display of the module in the front office showing the FAQ, and note that the FAQ and FAQ templates for the category are externally displayed in one common block:
And also, the module has the ability to show an additional description of the category only on one page (first page) of the category.
The new version has the ability to use shortcodes. Thanks to them, the module algorithm can automatically insert links to products or categories into category or FAQ content:
See the Information tab for a complete list of supported shortcodes. As an example, the result of using shortcodes might look like this:
Full functionality is better implemented on prestashop versions starting from 1.7.6.х.