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!
- 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).
- 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
Here are some further terms you may want to know for the more advanced tabs.
- 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 (SEO)
- 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).
- 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 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).
- 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 to sort the products by price or manufacturer).
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.