This guide covers all the settings available on individual category pages as well as those that apply to all categories (available by clicking Settings above the Categories table).

Part I - Basic Settings and Category Images 😎

These are the simple terms you'll want to know when filling out your Category info!Β 

Basic Settings

  • ID (the automatically-generated Category ID number, which can't be changed).
  • Category Name (the name of the category as it will be displayed on your storefront).
  • Subcategory of (this lets you assign a category as a subcategory to an existing category).
  • Hide category (hide a category so it can't be seen on your storefront).
  • Show in menu (specify which navigation menu the category should appear in).

Category Images

  • Banner Image (the image that displays on the category page).
  • Subcategory Image (the image that displays on on a parent category page).
  • Advanced Settings (more advanced features to control the look of your page).

Part II - Advanced Info πŸ€“

Feeling like a Categories pro? Awesome! Here are some further terms you may want to know for the more advanced tabs.

Category Descriptions

  • Category Description (descriptive text or HTML that displays when a category is selected).
  • Category Description Short (descriptive text or HTML that's displayed for a subcategory).
  • Secondary Description (Below Products) (Text or HTML that's displayed at the bottom of a category page).

Search Engine Optimization

  • Category URL Text (the value entered here will be used to create the category's static URL if Search Engine Optimization Friendly URLs is enabled).
  • Meta Tag Title (allows merchants to enter a meta title for each of their categories).
  • Meta Tag Description (text that describes the category for search engines).
  • Meta Tag Keywords (tells search engines what keywords relate to the category).
  • Meta override (for advanced users only: this will override all other SEO settings for this category).

Category Display

  • Subcategory Display Mode 1 and 2 (allows you to display a list of linked subcategories at the top or left side of the page).
  • Subcategory Display Columns (where you can specify the number of columns in which subcategories are displayed).

Product Display

  • Product Display Mode (lets you decide how the category page will display products that are members of the category).
  • Default Sort By (lets you choose how you want products sorted on the page).
  • Display Columns (the number of columns to be used to display products within a category page).
  • Display rows (default number of rows to be used to display products within a category page).
  • Display Featured Products Only (if set to Y, this will display the Featured Products image above the products in a category).

Misc.

  • Alternate URL (lets you enter a URL that will override all other settings for this category and redirect the browser when a user clicks on the category link).
  • Alternate URL Pop-up (lets the above URL open in a new window).
  • Filter category (Forces the system to use either the Price or Manufacturer field for all products contained within a certain category. This can slow down your website, so use it with caution!)
  • Private Section Customers Only (for advanced users only: allows an override of meta information for the category).
  • Custom Where Clause (for advanced users only: allows entry of SQL queries to affect which products are displayed within the category page).
  • Custom Metatags Override (for advanced users only: allows an override of META information pertaining to the category).

Part III - Category Settings (All Categories) 🌎

To see a table of all categories in your store, go to Inventory > Categories and click View List. You can apply the following settings to all categories and subcategories by clicking the thee-dot actions menu and selecting Categories & Subcategories Settings.

  • Display Subcategory Products on Main Category Page (allows all products assigned to subcategories to also display on the main category page to which these subcategories are assigned)
  • Search Results Columns (the number of columns used to display product search results: works with Search Results Rows).
  • Search Result Rows (the number of columns used to display product search results: works with Search Results Columns).
  • Enable Search Refinement (lets you create filter categories, which allow visitors Β to sort the products by price or manufacturer).

Summary

Having well-organized categories is one of the most important aspects of creating a successful store that customers will love. We know there's a lot of detail that goes into Category pages, but hopefully these definitions helped you out!Β 

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