In the default theme of the store front, parent categories are listed in the top menu of the home page, and on the left side of product pages. This navigational feature is used to guide customers to similar products within the same category. Exposing customers to different products within a category lets the customer compare the similarities and differences between products to make the most informed purchase. When adding products to the store, you will be asked for a product category to sort them in. It is a good idea to establish these categories before adding products, to save yourself the trouble of adding the category name to the products later.
To access the Category page in the administration, hover over the Catalog button and click on Category in the drop-down. You will be directed to a page that displays the category names of the store products (as seen below).
You may delete them to make room for the store’s product categories. To delete, check the box next to the row that the category is listed on. When the products selected for deletion are checked, “Delete” can be clicked on in the upper right corner. This should remove the product categories completely.
The Sort Order indicates the order that the categories are displayed in the top menu and category box on the product page. Sort order-1 will be sorted above Sort order-2 because it has a higher priority.
Clicking “Edit” under “Action” will direct the administrator to a form to change the category information.
Create a category
Before you learn how to add products, you will need to understand how to create product categories. Product category is an essential organizational feature in Kartify. Kartify organizes the structure of an online store around these product categories. Every product category gets their own space in the store to display all the available products for that category.
Organizing products into categories is useful for navigating a store’s inventory in both the store front and administration side. In the administration, creating categories for products will help the owner keep track of specific products within a category. In the store front, customers will be able to browse their favorite products by category. Category pages can be accessed in the top menu and from the category box in the product page.
Go to Catalog > Category in the administration. You should feel free to delete them to make room for your store’s products. To create a new category for products you can click “Insert” in the upper right corner. You will be directed to the category’s information page. Category information can be filled out under three tabs: “General”, “Data”, “Design”.
The General tab asks for basic information regarding the product category:
|Category Name *||–|
|Description||Text that will describe this category on the category page, to be viewed by the customers in the store front of the shop.|
|Meta Tag Title *||Category name to be shown on browser tag section.|
|Meta Tag Description||A summary of the category to describe the category page to search engines.|
|Meta Tag Keywords||Similar to meta tag description, but asks for a single keyword to describe the product.|
The Data tab asks for the following data:
- Parent Category: Categories are arranged in a hierarchical structure; with the parent category always on top. You may choose to create a category under a parent category, turning it into a sub-category. In the category list the category will be displayed as “Parent Category > Sub-Category”. If “None” is selected, the category created will be a parent category.
- Filters: Map any pre-created filters to a category. See Filter for more information on how filters work.
- Stores: If you are managing more than one store with Kartify, you may check which stores you would like to add this category to. If only one store is available, “Default” may be checked.
- SEO keyword: A keyword that will be included in the category url for search engine optimization.
- Image: Select the main image for the product page and the thumbnail for product listings.
- Top: Checking this section will display this category in the top menu of every page. If no selection is made, it will not be displayed. The top menu only displays parent categories. If this category is a sub-category, it will not be displayed in the top menu.
- Columns: This number controls how many sub-categories are displayed when selecting the parent category.
- Sort Order: This sort order determines the position of the category in the menu. A sorting order of 1 would be displayed before a sorting order of 2, 3, and so on.
- Status: Selecting “enabled” makes the category publicly available in the store front. Selecting “disabled” will hide the category from the store front, but will still be available for editing purposes in the administration.