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Epi Server product/categories relation


Hi guys,


We are currently using Epi Server Commerce 7.5 and I was wondering how relations between products and categories could be extended?

For example we have a scenario where a book must have a reference to its category(e.g. Mathematics). We need to set specific sort order to this relation, together with some other information. Is there a way to do that with Epi Server Commerce 7.5.
Is there a way to manage that via UI in the commerce catalogue?



Lena Hilfeling

Feb 21, 2014 16:47


For the relation between product and category, you can set the SortOrder when you create a NodeEntryRelation. Unfortunately you can only specify the SortOrder value by Commerce Manager UI, not the new Catalog UI.

For "other information", I don't know details about your requirements, but I suggest the MetaField/MetaClass approach as a starting point to solve your problem. You can add metafields to you product's metaclass to store information about the relation.



Feb 24, 2014 5:46

Hi Quan Mai,


Thanks for the update!

I think this helped me a lot. The only problem that I have now is that I don't know how to set up the sort order when I create NodeEntryRelation. Basically I do this by using "move/link to folder" functionality. I haven't seen how the sort order could be manuplated from there.

Any ideas?




Feb 24, 2014 10:17


Here's some demo code to do so:

 CatalogRelationDto catalogRelationDto= new CatalogRelationDto();
                    CatalogRelationDto.NodeEntryRelationRow row = newCatalogRelationDto.NodeEntryRelation.NewNodeEntryRelationRow();
                    row.CatalogId = targetCatalogId;
                    row.CatalogNodeId = targetCatalogNodeId;
                    row.CatalogEntryId = catalogEntryId;
                    row.SortOrder = <your indended sort order>;





Edited, Feb 24, 2014 10:29

@Quan: What do you mean setting sort order is not supported in 7.5?  I just tested the following code in 7.5 and it works perfectly.

var referenceConverter = ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<ReferenceConverter>();
var contentLink = referenceConverter.GetContentLink(1073741830,0);

var onSaleNode = ContentLoader.Get<FashionNode>(contentLink);

var newNodeRelation = new NodeRelation()
     SortOrder = 11,
     Source = CurrentContent.ContentLink,
     Target = onSaleNode.ContentLink



Mar 05, 2014 10:28

Hi, My mistake, I meant that you can't not set the SortOrder in the Admin UI in Commerce 7.5 - see my previous post.



Mar 05, 2014 10:33
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