Managing categories

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You can group your products by a certain common attribute by using categories. Here are a few examples of categories you may want to create:

  • Clothes, Accessories, Shoes
  • Sale items or Special offers
  • Seasonal products

The products that are grouped into a category will be listed on a separate page in the storefront that can have a description and a featured image.

Categories of the first level are referred to as root categories. You can also create categories of the second, third, etc. level within your root category. These are referred to as subcategories.

Customers can navigate through your categories and subcategories with the help of breadcrumbs – special links that show the path to the page they are currently viewing.

Clear and concise category structure can make your store’s navigation intuitive which means your customers can easily find what they are looking for. That’s why we recommend planning your category structure before adding products.

In this article:

Creating categories and subcategories

To create a new category of the first level:

  1. Go to your Control Panel → Catalog → Categories.
  2. Click Add Root Category

Add root category

  1. Enter the Name of your category.

Enter category name

  1. Click Choose file to upload an image for your category.

Upload category image

  1. Enter the description (optional).

Enter category description

  1. Click Save.

To create a new subcategory:

  1. Go to your Control Panel → Catalog → Categories.
  2. Select the category into which you want to add a subcategory from the category tree on the left.
  3. Click Add Subcategory.

Add subcategory

  1. Enter the Name of your category.

Enter subcategory name

  1. Click Choose file to upload an image for your category.

Upload subcategory image

  1. Enter the description (optional).

Enter subcategory description

  1. Click Save.

Assigning products to categories

You can assign products to multiple categories at once. For example, an item that belongs to the Shoes category can be on sale and belong to the Sale items category as well.

To assign a product to a category:

  1. Go to your Control Panel → Catalog → Categories.
  2. Select the category to which you want to assign a product from the category tree on the left.
  3. Switch to the Category products tab.
  4. Click Assign Products to Category.

Category products tab

  1. Select the necessary items in the list. You can filter the products by SKU and Name.
  2. Click Add products to add items in bulk or click the Plus icon to assign products one by one.

Assign products to category

You can also assign products to categories and move them from one category to another when you edit the product:

  1. Go to your Control Panel → Catalog → Products.
  2. Open the product in editing mode.
  3. In the Categories section at the page bottom click Change Categories.

Change categories

  1. Select the category to which you want to assign the product and click Ok.

Select category

  1. Click Save.

Sorting products in categories

You can sort the products automatically by date added, by price or by name with the help of the Default Products Sort Order option.

For detailed instructions, please visit Sorting products.

You can also set a custom order of products within a category and sort the products manually:

  1. Go to your Control Panel → Settings → General → Cart & Checkout.
  2. Set the Default Products Sort Order option to Defined by store owner.

Set default products sort order

  1. Go to Catalog → Categories and select the category where you want to organize the products in the category tree.
  2. Switch to the Category products tab and drag and drop the items to change their order.

Drag and drop products to sort

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