I've created a custom controller to pull some products or essentially a small custom search form. How would I display my product collection on our search results page?
You should use the default Magento functionality. Thus, you will avoid some tricky moments.
- For this purpose I would use the Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_List block.
Create your own block (that will be extended to another one):
- Inside of it, rewrite all what you need to. As I assume, you need to re-write all the stuff related to the category (if I've understood it correctly, to the one that doesn't exist)
- Next you need to assign this block to our action:
- Thus, without changing the collection, you will get the category root page:
By analogy, you can use the search results page. However, I assume that there you'll have to change a bigger amount of methods.
If such blocks as, for example, toolbar are not important to you, you may simplify the task: just use your own block where you can get the collection and the 'to the one, as' template.