Importing Categories

You can import categories into your Zoey Store using a CSV file.


Export First

It is much easier to make changes or create sub-categories after exporting your Categories to CSV.

Exporting Categories

Access your Categories in Products > Categories. Then select the Categories, open the Bulk Actions and click Export Categories.

How To Import Categories

Start by exporting your existing categories and use the CSV file as a template.


When you import new Categories, you must list them using '_1, _2, _3 as the category_id.

Examples of this are included in our Template and Guide.

  1. Export your Top Level Categories - this will give you their category data so that you can make changes or add more categories t.

  2. Create an Import CSV file for "Sub-Categories" or child categories. It's the same format, but you will fill in the parent_category_id fields from step 1 into the rows of the categories you are going to create in this step. You can also make any changes to your export to update existing category data.

  3. Import your files and check the changes in Products > Categories.

Repeat step 2 as needed if you have multiple sub-levels of categories (like Mens > Shirts > Polos).

Category Import Template and Guide


Click Here to Save A Copy Of This Template and Guide to your Google Drive

Or click here to download the file as .xlsx

Required Columns

_2Kitchen and Bath1171

All Columns (Optional and Required)

_1Category 111Category 1category-1Category 1Category 1111111

Category Import / Export Columns


Here are the column headers for importing and exporting Categories.

ColumnDescriptionValues Required
category_idLeave blank if you are creating new categories.

If you are modifying categories, this must be filled in correctly or a new category will be created.
Required for modifying categories, must be blank for creating new categories.
category_nameAvoid HTML or special characters
Name is also used for SEO meta_title automatically

If you want a new category to be a child of another category (like >Mens>Shirts) you must put the category_id of the Mens category into the parent_category_id field of the Shirts category. This can be done when creating the category when modifying it.

Category IDs can be found by going to Advanced > Import/Export > Categories and exporting your categories.
Required for creating & modifying, otherwise it will move the category.
is_active1 = yes, 0 = noRequired
descriptionThis is the Category Description that can be added to your Category Template using the drag & drop design editor.Required as a column header even if no row data is put in.
meta_keywordsWhat Search Engines will read as the Keywords to use
meta_titleWhat Search Engines will read as the Title to use for this Category
meta_descriptionFor SEO purposes (limit to 255 characters)
design_templateThe values for this column is the Label for the category template in Edit My Design. i.e. Category or Category - New Template
*note - case sensitive
include_in_navigationInclude this category in the Header Navigation (as long as categories are enabled for the header navigation in your theme)
1= yes, 0 = no
is_anchor"Is Anchor" is code for: Show products from all child categories.
1= yes, 0 = no
url_keyThe URL String of the Category (for example mens would be
default_sort_byThis is the default sort order of the category products:
Or custom attribute code for any attribute that is used for sorting.
available_sort_byLeave blank for All, or specify with comma separated values. i.e.:
imageImages must first be uploaded to your File Manager (Advanced > File Manager). Then use the full URL from the file manager for this column.
thumbnailImages must first be uploaded to your File Manager (Advanced > File Manager). Then use the full URL from the file manager for this column.