Magento Search Within Current Top Level Category

If you fancy having a select box allowing people to search within a top level category on your site directly from the quick search box, check out this little modification. This gives your search a bit of an Amazon feel. This idea could easily be extended if required.

You can drop this file in as a straight replacement to app/design/frontend/###/###/template/catalogsearch/

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 * @category   design_default
 * @package    Mage
 * @copyright  Copyright (c) 2008 Irubin Consulting Inc. DBA Varien (
 * @license  Academic Free License (AFL 3.0)
 * @version Edmonds Commerce Quick Search with Top Level Categories

$category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category');
    $current_category_path = array();
$children_string = $category->getChildren();
$children = explode(',',$children_string);
foreach($children as $c){
    $selected = (in_array($c, $current_category_path))?'SELECTED':'';
    $extra_options.= '<option value="' . $c . '" ' . $selected . '>' . $category->load($c)->getName() . '</option>' . "\n";
<form id="search_mini_form" action="<?php echo $this->helper('catalogSearch')->getResultUrl() ?>" method="get">
        <legend><?php echo $this->__('Search Site') ?></legend>
        <div class="mini-search">
            <input id="search" type="text" class="input-text" name="<?php echo $this->helper('catalogSearch')->getQueryParamName() ?>" value="<?php echo $this->helper('catalogSearch')->getEscapedQueryText() ?>" />
            <select name="cat" id="cat" class="input-text">
            <option value="">All Departments</option>
            <?= $extra_options ?>
            <input type="submit" value="Go" style="border: 1px solid #808080;" alt="<?php echo $this->__('Search') ?>" />
            <div id="search_autocomplete" class="search-autocomplete"></div>
            <script type="text/javascript">
                var searchForm = new Varien.searchForm('search_mini_form', 'search', '<?php echo $this->__('search site...') ?>');
                searchForm.initAutocomplete('<?php echo $this->helper('catalogSearch')->getSuggestUrl() ?>', 'search_autocomplete');

Tags: edmondscommerce