How to add a Category

Last updated by UENI on 21st May 2020

The Categories feature is used to guide customers to similar products within the same category. It is a good idea to establish these categories before adding products, to save yourself the trouble of adding the category name to the products later. 

Go to Catalog > Category in the Menu. 

To create a new category for products you can click  +  in the upper right corner. You will be directed to the category’s information page. Category information can be filled out under three tabs: “General“, “Data“, “Design“.

The General tab asks for basic information regarding the product category:

Category Name *This is where you write the name of the category
DescriptionText that will describe this category on the category page, viewed by customers in the storefront of the shop.
Meta Tag Title *The category name to be shown on the browser tag section.
Meta Tag DescriptionA summary of the category to describe the category page to search engines (i.e. what shows on Google)
Meta Tag KeywordsSimilar to the meta tag description but using just a single keyword to describe the product.

* Required fields

Notice that when adding a product without a category, the product will not show up under any categories in your store. The product page can only be accessible if the customer searches for the product in the search box. If you want this product to be more visible to your customers in the storefront, we suggest that the category is created prior to adding the product.

The Data tab asks for several information but you don’t have to worry about all of them, though you should fill the following data:

Parent CategoryCategories are arranged in a hierarchical structure; with the parent category always on top. You may choose to create a category under a parent category, turning it into a sub-category. In the category list, the category will be displayed as “Parent Category > Sub-Category”. If “None” is selected, the category created will be a parent category.
SEO keywordThe essential keyword for your product, this will appear in the URL of the page so it’s important to choose carefully!
ImageMain image for the product page and the thumbnail for product listings. See Image manager for more information on how to upload an image using the image management tool.
ColumnsThis number controls how many sub-categories are displayed when selecting the parent category. [Link to screenshot or popup image on hover]
StatusSelecting “enabled” makes the category publicly available in the storefront. Selecting “disabled” will hide the category from the storefront, but will still be available for editing by you. This is useful for hiding products which you may not currently have in stock, or preparing for a future product release!

The SEO tab asks for the Keyword data and there you should input the keyword without using space. This is the part of the URL that links to the category page. There should only be letters, numbers, and hyphens in this text. For instance, if you set this as “apple-phones”, and your page URL is https://www.eduardo-test.com/, then the product category URL will be https://www.eduardo-test.com/apple-phones/

The Design tab consists of the “Layout Override” feature. 

In this feature, you can choose to override a layout, such as the ‘Account’ page, to include the category on that page. You can just leave it blank.

You have to press ‘Save’ in the upper right corner to save the information in the General, Data, and Design tabs! Otherwise, the edits and changes you make will not show on the webpage. 

With the product categories created, you are now ready to add products to the shop.

Notice:
If you want the category you’ve just created to be displayed in the top menu of your shop, follow this link:

How to add a Category to the top menu

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