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Categories are used to help customers find similar products within the same category. Showing customers different products within a category lets your customers compare the differences between your products to make an informed purchasing decision.

When you add a product to your store, you will need to add it to a product category. We suggest adding your categories before adding your products. This will save you time later.

Adding A Category

To add a category go to the menu Products > View Categories. This will display a new screen called "Category List". It will display a list of all available categories.

To add your category click on the "plus icon" in the top right hand corner of your screen.

You will now see a screen with "Add Category". This is where you will enter information about your category.

Next you will need to enter some basic information about your category.


Category Name:
This should be a short name that describes the products that will be inside it. E.g., necklaces.

This text should describe the products inside the category. This is viewed by yours customers in the front of your store.




Your categories are arranged in a hierarchical structure. The parent category is always at the top with subcategories under it. You will need to have other categories already added if you wish to use this. If you select "None", the category you create will be a parent category (if this is your first category select "None").

See filters article for more information on how they work.

Add an image to your category page on the front-end of your store. Click on the "no image" image and you will see a pencil icon. Click on the pencil icon and a new pop-up box will appear. Move your mouse over to the third icon (up arrow) and click on it. You can then select a local image from your computer and upload it to your store.

Activate this button to show Green if you want your categories shown in the top menu bar. If you do not activate this button the category will not be displayed. Note: The top bar will only display parent categories, not subcategories. This setting does not take effect if you're using the Mega Menu.

Sort Order
When you assign a sort order it gives your category a priority number. E.g., a category with a sort order number or 1 will be placed higher than a category with a sort order of 2.

Restricted Customer Groups:
This is useful for B2B wholesale. This allows you to restrict access to your category per group. Enable the group so it is Red. Only enable the group that you do NOT want to be able to view the category. If you want everyone to be able to view the category do not enable these buttons.

If you select "enabled" it will make your category available in the front-end of your store. Selecting "disabled" will hide your category from the front-end of your store. If it is disabled you will still be able to edit your products via the administration area.


Meta Tag Title
A title to describe your category to search engines.

Custom H1 Tag
Enter a custom title for H1 tag. This will replace the name of the category for search engines. This allows you to have a different name on the category page other than the title of your category. This is useful if you have a longer category name and want to display a shorter name on the category page.

Meta Tag Description: 
A short summary to describe the category for search engines.

Meta Tag Keywords: 
Keywords to describe your product to search engines. These should be single keywords separated by a comma. E.g., necklace, silver necklace, long necklace. 

A SEO URL is a Web address that is easy to read and includes words that describe your category. Do not enter spaces in the URL. Spaces should be replaced with hyphens (-). Your URL should also be unique. E.g., gemstone-jewellery

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