Due to business or legal reasons, it is necessary to hide some products from certain customer groups, while you still want to sell them to others. Unfortunately, the default Magento platform does not provide this functionality, so you have to rely on third party modules. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to Amasty Customer Group Catalog. With the help of this module, you will be able to effortlessly manage private sales. For instance, the extension provides the ability to hide pricing for certain customer groups as well as show custom CMS blocks instead. Alternatively, the module lets you replace the ‘Add to cart’ button with the ‘Call for price’ block as well as redirect users from hidden pages. Below, we explore Amasty Customer Group Catalog for Magento 2 and 1 in more details.
You can easily leverage the ‘Call for price’ block for increasing sales. The feature is especially useful if you work with products sold via visitors direct contacts. Besides, you can fully streamline it during presales.
To make your custom CMS blocks more precise, Amasty Customer Group Catalog enables you to utilize variables. Note that you can insert any custom variable into a CMS static block. It can be a website URL, sales department contacts, or a hyperlinks to certain pages.
As for CMS pages, you can use them as a final destination while redirecting visitors from a certain group. Alternatively, a 404 page can be utilized. Thus, unregistered customers can get a warning message that informs them about the availability of a desired product information to registered visitors only. For instance, it can be a message like “Only registered users can see this product. Please sign in for further information”. This motivates customers to register. Besides, you can engage them into filling in a retailer or a wholesaler profile.
With Amasty Customer Group Catalog for Magento 2 and 1, you can perform the following actions on the basis of a customer group:
- Hide product price
- Hide ‘Add to cart’ button;
- Disable links to product pages;
- Restrict access to product categories;
- Replace price with a custom CMS-block;
- Provide customers with direct links to products hidden from category pages;
- Redirect users without access.
Before we dive deep into the backend of the extension, take a look at the following reviews:
All customer group catalog rules are gathered in a grid that contains the following columns:
- Rule ID;
- Stores (store view the rule is applied to);
- Hide Price (Show, Hide, Replace);
- Allow Direct Links (Allow, Deny);
- Enable (Yes/No).
You can use filters and apply sorting to find a certain rule.
While editing an existing rule or creating a new one, you have to deal with 4 tabs of settings: General, Categories, Product Conditions, and Forbid Actions.
In its turn, the General tab is divided into three sections: Rule Information, Date Range, and Customer Groups. In the first section, you enable/disable rule processing, specify the name of the rule, and choose a store view.
The Date Range section, lets you activate a time interval when you’d like the rule to be applied.
Next, you choose customer groups to apply the rule to.
On the Categories tab, you can see a category tree. Specify category access here.
In Product Conditions, you specify filtering options to make the rule more precise. Use various product attributes.
Besides, there are stock and price range options.
As for the last tab, it is split between two sections: Restriction Action and Price Hiding or Replacement. The first one lets you allow/deny direct links, choose action on forbid (Redirect to CMS page or Show 404 page), and specify where a CMS page redirects to.
The last section of the tab lets you show or hide prices. If, you’d like to replace it, the two additional sections appear: Replacement block for product page and Replacement block for categories page.
All pages and blocks are gathered under Content -> Elements -> Pages/Blocks.
All pages are gathered in a grid that contains 10 columns:
- URL Key
- Store View
As for the Blocks grid, it contains the following columns:
- Store View;
You can edit each existing block or page. Besides, each page lets you create a new one. Let’s have a look at “Call for price” block. It contains the following options: Block Title; Identifier; Store View; Status, and Content.
This is how the aforementioned block is displayed on frontend:
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.3.0
- The customer index for the Group Catalog Rule was added
- Compatibility with Amasty Customer Attributes extension was made
- Magento 2.2 compatibility was introduced
- The customer Conditions tab was added
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.2.0
- A new feature was added that allows hiding the “Add to cart” button while showing a price
- A new feature was added that allows setting the priority for the rules
- Layered navigation filters now exclude restricted products which results in correct count value
Amasty offers one of the most reliable and easy to use tools for creating customer group catalogs. You can easily hide goods from certain customer groups or motivate visitors to register or provide additional information about themselves. As for the price of the module, it is quite democratic: $199 for Magento 2 tool and just $79 for its predecessor.