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         Creating Sub-Categories
Creating a sub-category is exactly like creating a category,  in fact it is creating a category as far as Merchant is concerned.  The difference between them is really a matter of interface on the customer's end.  Sub-categories will not show up on the side navigation bar (category tree) unless the parent category has been selected by the customer and are a convenient way of reducing the number of links the customer has to deal with at any given time.

For example, if you sell clothing and each style comes in either men's or women's you could have a category tree that looks like either of the following:

In this example you can see that all the categories are in one long list and that even though "Women's T-shirts" is selected there are no further choices for the customer to choose from.   This makes sense if your categories are each distinct from the other ones, but it does not look very attractive or organized in a case like this.

In this example you will notice that there are only four "categories" and each one of those has two "sub-categories" under it.  This allows the customer an immediate and clear choice of what type of clothing he/she is interested in and organizes the store in a more concise manner.  It also allows you to add new sub-categories selectively as you grow into new areas (e.g. children's shoes but not socks).

Step 1

After logging in to your admin, you can add a sub-category in one of two ways.  You can either expand "Categories" and click on "Add Category"; or you can expand "Categories", expand the category that you are adding the sub-category for, and then click "Add Sub-Category".  There is really no difference as far as where your sub-categories will end up or what information you can enter as you are creating them, but there are a couple minor ones as far as what you will see.

The first difference will be whether the "Parent Category" code will be inserted automatically, or whether you will need to use the "Lookup" button.  Keep in mind that if you are planning to create multiple sub-categories by clicking on "Add CATEGORY" (not "add sub-category") you will only need to "lookup" the "Parent Category" code as you add the first sub-category since Merchant will automatically insert the same category code into the "Parent Category Code" box until you specify a different one (which then will become the default "Parent Category Code" for the sub-categories that follow.

The second difference to you will be that if you are creating it directly under the "Parent Category" you will see the "Sub-Category" appear in the left frame after you add it under the "Parent Category".  If you create it by clicking on "Add Category" you will not see the sub-categories until you expand the parent category, but don't worry they are there.

 

 

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