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What Manufacturers module does

If your store sells goods for more than one manufacturers, some of your customers may be interested in being able to find products by the name of an individual or company that produced them.

The module Manufacturers helps you meet the needs of such customers, as it allows you to categorize your products by the producer (manufacturing firm, provider, developer, etc).

Examples: A shop specializing in mobile phones could have categories based on brand names: 'Nokia', 'Siemens', 'SonyEriccson', etc.

Using manufacturer categories is optional: if you do not want to use them, you do not have to.

Manufacturer categories can help your customers in one of the two ways:

  • Customers can find products by browsing manufacturer categories in a way similar to browsing custom product categories.
  • Customers can specify a manufacturer in the Advanced search options when searching for products using X-Cart's Product search functionality.

Depending on the module settings, the list of available manufacturer categories can either be displayed in the Manufacturers menu in the Customer area sidebar (menu column):


or be hidden under the Manufacturers link of the Special menu:


Clicking on a manufacturer category name allows a customer to view all the products in your store which are produced by this manufacturer.


Both administrators and providers have the ability to create manufacturer categories and assign specific products to them.

Roles in Manufacturers module management

If you are an X-Cart GOLD administrator/provider or an X-Cart PRO administrator:

If you are an X-Cart PRO provider:

  • You can create manufacturer categories (Check out the section #Adding Manufacturers).
  • You can control manufacturer categories that you own (For details, see #Managing Existing Manufacturers):
    • modify the details of any manufacturer categories you created (except that you cannot rename your own manufacturer categories if they are used by some other providers),
    • delete any manufacturer categories you created if none of the other providers in the store are using them.
  • You can assign products to manufacturers (See #Assigning Products to Manufacturers).
  • You cannot control the order in which manufacturer categories appear on the storefront or enable/disable manufacturer categories.
  • You cannot modify or delete manufacturer categories created by other providers.

Enabling and Configuring 'Manufacturers'

Adding Manufacturers

Managing Existing Manufacturers

Defining Manufacturer Details

Defining International Manufacturer Descriptions

Assigning Products to Manufacturers

Product Search by Manufacturers