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Step by Step Tutorial
Creating Categories
By Sabra Lutz, Technology Matrix Group - Copyright 2001
Now that you have added your first store you are ready to start adding products and categories.  We have chosen to add a category first because if you have most of your categories created you will be able to add products directly to the appropriate category as you create them.  You can of course add your products before the categories if you wish to do so.

Step 1

The first step in creating a category is to login to your admin and expand your store by clicking on the blue arrow next to "Stores".  Next expand your store by clicking on the blue arrow next to "YOUR STORE NAME".  A partial screen shot is shown to the right.   Expand "Categories" with the blue arrow and click on the hyperlink "Add Category".


A screen will open in the right frame that prompts you for your category information.  (The categories will be displayed in the order that you create them, so if you already have an idea of what order they should be in start with the category that you want to be first.  You can change the category order later on so don't worry if you are not sure.)

The first screen that comes up will ask you for the category name and code.

You can put anything you like for both the "Category Name" and the "Category Code".  The "Category Name" is what will appear on your side navigation bar, and the "Category Code" is what will be used for the URL string.  (Using a short "Category Code" will make the URL string for that category shorter, and using spaces in the "Category Code" will result in a string that has a "+" between the words.  Using the shortest possible "Category Name" will prevent your side navigation bar from becoming too wide.)

The "Parent Category" box allows you to directly assign a new category as a sub-category to one that you have already setup.  Since this is our first category it does not apply to this situation, but if you already had a category called "Shoes" and wanted to create a sub-category of that section called "Men's" you could put in the "CATEGORY CODE" (not the "Category Name") for "Shoes" and "Men's" would automatically become a sub-category of that section.  You can use the "binocular" icon to search for the category you would like to assign it to (similar to the "browse" button on a PC).  You can also directly create sub-categories under any given category.  We will discuss this later in this tutorial.

The "Active" checkbox allows you to 'hide' the category until you have finished adding all the products/sub-categories to it.  If you select it then the category will show immediately on the side navigation bar and customers will have access to it.  If you do not select it the category will be 'hidden' from customers until you have completed all the modifications you wish to make.  To make it available to customers later on expand "Categories" using the blue arrow and then click on the hyperlink for "YOUR CATEGORY".  Check the "Active" box and click "Update". 

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