Categories are used to organize the products by the type of product. StoreHippo allows multi-level categories to allow hierarchical organization of your products. For example, "Clothes" , "Clothes > Men", "Clothes > Men > Casuals" could be possible categories.
In the Categories section, you can add, update, delete categories, addsub categories, reorder categories and reorganize categories by dragging categories under different parent categories.
You can add multiple levels of a category to make it easy for your customers to browse your product range.
Adding a New Category
A category can be added to a store by clicking on the Add new button on the category page. Clicking on Add new will open the following form:
Following are the information fields that need to be filled for creating a category:
Enter the name of the category that will appear in your store.
Aliases are used to create unique URL for the category on your Storefront. Aliases are created automatically but you can always modify it to create an SEO friendly URL for the category.
Enter the description for the category created, to let your customers know about the details of the particular category.
Upload one or more images for a particular category by following steps given below:
Click on Add Image button.
Click on Choose a File button and select the image.
Click on Insert Image to upload the image.
Select another category from the drop-down if you want this category to be placed under the selected category. If you come to the Add Form by clicking on the + icon next to any category then that category will be automatically populated in the parent field.
Provide custom information needed for effective SEO of your categories.
Enter the title of the product to specify a custom title for the product page for SEO. If you do not specify this field, the product name is used as the title.
Enter the description of the product to specify a custom meta description for the product page for SEO. If you do not specify this field, the product description is used as the meta description.
Enter the keywords to specify a custom meta keywords for the product page for SEO.
The canonical URL used to declare a single page as its own source or for duplicate pages to reference their source/originating page. This is an advanced SEO option and should be used carefully.
Sitemap priority defines the priority of the particular page in your store, pages with higher priorities are crawled by Google more often. Provide the sitemap priority to the pages within a range of 0.0 to 1.0. Default priority used is 0.3.
If you do not wish to make a particular category visible on the store then you can simply uncheck the Publish tab to hide it and the same tab can be checked again to make it live on the store.
Default Sort Order
You can sort the product in a given category based on different parameters as shown below. By default, the product in a category on the storefront is listed in the order newest to oldest based on their creation date. If you wish to arrange them based on price or alphabetically, you can choose the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.
You can update the sorting of products in the category, to update the sorting first edit the respective categories and set the Default sort order to Manually.
If there are 10 products in the list and you give SORT ORDER 1 to a product from the Products then that product will be listed first and vice versa on your storefront in the respective category.
Sort order in bulk
You can update the Sort Order in bulk with the help of CSV file. You can Export the products in the CSV file, in the sort order column you can give the sort order for the products of a category, please note if a category has 40 products then the product with sort order 40 would be displayed last in the list and the product with sort order 1 would be displayed first in the list.
Creating Sub Category
Method 1: Click on the + icon next to the category on the listing tab. This will automatically use the current category as the parent of the newly selected category.
Method 2: Click on Add New button and then select the category in the parent field.
Operations on Categories
You can perform operations on categories by clicking on the ellipsis button against categories. The following drop-down appears:
View Category Products
The View Category Products takes you to the category page on the storefront. Here you can review your categories.
Choose the Edit option to edit the category.
Choose the duplicate option to duplicate the category. The following popup appears. Fill up the name and parent category.
Choose the delete option if you want to delete the category.