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Categories

Categories are groups into which catalog items are assigned.

  • You may create up to 1,000 total unique categories.
  • Categories can be divided into sub-categories, with up to 100 categories per tier.
  • Each category has a corresponding category code. The code consists of a two-character sort order and a three-character category id, which is assigned by SurfShop™.
  • Each category's code is created by combining its “parent” code(s) with its own, separated by a dash.
  • When you change a category, the change is applied to all of the products in your catalog assigned to that category AND ITS SUB-CATEGORIES

Example:

A category is named “Stuff” and has code of “01001” (sort code of “01” plus category id of “001”). Another category is named “Smaller Stuff” and it has a code of “01002” (sort code of “01” plus a category id of “002”). A third category is named “Even Smaller Stuff” and it has a code of “01003” (sort code of “01” plus a category id of “003”).

Since all the categories in this example have the same sort code (first two digits), they are sorted by their category id (last three digits).

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Stuff
 Smaller Stuff 
 Even Smaller Stuff

We can change “Smaller Stuff” to be a sub-category of “Stuff.” Its category code then becomes “01001-01002” to indicate that “Smaller Stuff” is a sub-category of “Stuff.”

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Stuff
  - Smaller Stuff 
 Even Smaller Stuff

We can move “Smaller Stuff” to the top by changing its sort order to “00” and making it its own category, instead of a sub-category.

In this case “Smaller Stuff” becomes “00002”.

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Smaller Stuff 
 Stuff
 Even Smaller Stuff

We can make “Stuff” to be a sub-category of “Smaller Stuff,” then “Stuff” becomes “00002-01001” since it is now in the “second tier” in relation to “Smaller Stuff.”

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Smaller Stuff 
  - Stuff
 Even Smaller Stuff

We can change change the sort order of “Stuff” to “99,” so it becomes “00002-99001”

We can make “Even Smaller Stuff” a sub-category of “Stuff,” changing its code to “00002-99001-01003”.

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Smaller Stuff 
  - Stuff
  -  - Even Smaller Stuff

Finally, we can change Stuff's sort order to “00” and move it back to the top tier by changing its “Subcategory Of” value to NULL ( or empty) . This will move its sub-cateogory, “Even Smaller Stuff” with it.

In the menu, it will look like this:

 Choose One 
 Stuff
  - Even Smaller Stuff
 Smaller Stuff 

Category List

Add New Category

To add a new category, click the “Add New Category” button from the category list page.

Modify Existing Category:

Click on a Category name to edit that category.

Hide from Category List

Check this option if you do not want this category to show up in the automatically-generated category links list.

Sort Order

Enter a number from 0-99. This determines which order the category appears in the automatically-generated category links list and in menus.

Delete Categories

To delete categories, check the box in the “Delete” column and click “Save Changes to List.”

Category Menu HTML

You can use the code in this field to create menus on your HTML pages. It is automatically generated from the categories you have entered. Changing the code will not affect the categories in any way.

Category List HTML

You can use the code in this field to create links on your HTML pages. It is automatically generated from the categories you have entered. Changing the code will not affect the categories in any way.

Category Detail Page

Subcategory of:

You can rearrange existing categories to be sub-categories of other existing categories. Select the category to be moved with the first dropdown menu.

Hide from Category List

Check this option if you do not want this category to show up in the automatically-generated category links list.

Hide from Quickbooks

Check this option to keep QuickBooks from automatically adding this category as an income account.

Sort Order

Enter a number from 0-99. This determines which order the category appears in the automatically-generated category links list and in menus.

Image

You can upload an image to be used as an icon for this category when the “Use Category Icons” option is selected in the “Templates Admin”.

Category HTML

This field contains information that is displayed below the category header on search results pages. You can enter any amount of text or html in this field.

Displaying Product Categories

You can display your categories several different ways in the output by using the <! categories> and <!popup> place holders.

<! popup:categories:UID:categories:GroupName>

Displays a dropdown menu consisting of all the currently available categories. This is useful when building a search console for your catalog pages.

<! categories:links>

Displays list of hyperlinks to generate searches based on each of your categories. Only shows top-level categories and sub-categories related to current category. This is inserted by default in the “Left Sidebar” section of the Template Admin.

<! categories:label> 

Displays category name only. This is used to display the current category as a header on search results.

<! categories:trail>

Displays “breadcrumb trail” of categories hyperlinked to generate searches based on each of the parent categories of the current category.

Example:

Tools > Power > Saws > Rotary > X-15 Super Saws

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categories.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/03 04:55 (external edit)