Creating Categories

Categories are used to organize products into logical groups on unique pages. This allows merchants and customers to easily find a set of closely related products on a filterable page.

Creating a set of categories is one of the first steps in getting your store ready, and can be done to create a helpful framework for your products.

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If you have started using one of our migration tools you may already have a few categories imported from your old store.

Step 1. Navigate To Products > Categories

In your Categories Page you will see the Category List to the left from where you can click on a Category to edit it or add a new one.

Step 2. Add A New Category

Click on Add Category to the right of "Manage Your Categories" to create a new category.

1. Category Name

Enter the name of the Category as it will display in your store (frontend).

2. Enable/ Disable

You can decide if the Category is enabled or disabled by checking off the box for Allow this category to be visible in my store.
By clicking on the "eye" icon in the Category Menu to the left you can control this, as well. If the eye is crossed through, the Category is disabled.

3. Automatically display in Header Navigation

If the box is checked for Show this category in the Header Navigation the Category will be added automatically to your Header Navigation. If the box is not checked the Category remains enabled and accessible with the direct URL, just not through the Navigation.

4. Not Clickable in Navigation

This setting will make the category link not clickable in the Header Navigation. This is typically used when a parent category like "Shop" needs to be in the Navigation, but the customer should not be able to click on it, rather they will need to click on links to the child-categories.

5. Show This Category In Filters

This setting controls whether or not the category will appear in the filters on parent category pages.

6. Show Sub-Category Filters

This setting controls whether or not the Category filter will show on this category page. Note: This setting only works if "Enable Sub-Category Filters on Category Pages" in Products > Settings is set to Yes.

7. Show Price Filters

This setting controls whether or not the Price filter will show on this category page. Note: This setting only works if "Enable Price Filters on Category Pages" in Products > Settings is set to Yes.

8. Show Products from all Subcategories

This setting controls whether or not the products assigned to this category's sub-categories will be shown to the customer when on this page.

9. Redirect to external URL

If you want to redirect your category to an external URL or you want it to open in a new tab, check this box and enter the full URL. If required, check the box to Open External URL in new window.

10. List Mode

This setting controls the view of the products on this individual category page. Set to "Default To Global Setting" for the page to use the setting from Products > Settings > Catalog

10. Overview

Enter a description of your Category that can be displayed in the Category page, visible to your customers.

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Display the Category Description (Overview)

The Category Description will only be visible in the frontend if you add a Category Description Block to your Category template within Edit My Design.

11. Images

Click here to learn more about Category Images

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Category Image

When adding a new category you need to save first, then you will see the field to upload category images.
The category image and thumbnail will be visible on the frontend only if you have the Category Image Block or the Category Thumbnail Block added to the category template.

11. Edit My Design

Once you give the Category a Name and then Save, you will be given the option to edit the design. From the drop-down menu, you can assign a different Category page template and customize the design and layout for specific categories from within Edit My Design.

12. Additional Category Info

This information can be added to your category template using the Visual Design Editor's Additional Product Information block. It is also used for the Mega Menu.

Step 3. Save And Refresh

After completing your configurations, click Save Category from the top right corner.

You may be notified to refresh to view your changes. Only click this button if you are finished with your changes and ready to see them on the front-end

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Changes could take up to 5-10min to show on your store

If you do not click the "Refresh" button when prompted, changes will automatically appear after 5-10min.

When adding a new category you won't be able to add images until you have saved the category first.