First I want to say I initially setup the Products section of this site using categories and it works great. BUT, I need more custom fields added to categories which I don't think is possible so I'm exploring alternate methods.
I read about creating a "Categories" channel and adding a Playa field to my "Products" channel to assign a "category". I setup the "Categories" channel and assigned a "category" to each product using Playa.
It's important to have the url structures remain the same as it is in the image below. "Product Cat1, Product Cat2, etc." are the categories. The items listed below those, "Apple, Banana, etc.", are entries with the category assigned to them. I need to be able to dynamically create the sidenav as shown in the pic below. This was relatively simple using the categories tag, but I'm having problems figuring out the template code using Playa.
When a product is clicked, a "product detail" page is shown. Again, I need the URL structure to remain the same as before. If anyone has any comments on the template code for the sidenav and main content area it would be greatly appreciated!