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• Last Updated: 01/03/2020
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What are the Product Categories in Prestashop 1.7 and how to fully manage those

Introduction

Since their creation, the Open source E-Commerce platforms such as Prestashop 1.7 are introducing a way of grouping the uploaded products. The best way of handling this task is typically by choosing a common characteristic that а group of product shares. In the E-Commerce field, this so-called characteristic grouping is also known as a Product Category and in the next lines of this tutorial, we will show you how to completely manage those for the Prestashop 1.7 E-Commerce platform.  

 

Step 1: Accessing the Categories page

When you login to the PrestaShop admin area, on the left vertical navigation menu look for the “Catalog” option. After you find it, please, click on it. A drop-down menu will appear with a lot of options, such as: “Products”, “Categories”, “Monitoring”, “Discounts” and so on.

 

Accessing the Categories menu in Prstashop


Finally, please, click on the “Categories” link to access the page where you will be managing all the existing categories.

 

Step 2: Introduction to the interface of the “Categories” page

When you click the “Categories” link you will be redirected to a page called “Categories”. There, in a conveniently structured table view, you will be provided with a list of all the already created top-level categories in your Online Store.

 

The Categories page overview


Another term that is used for the top-level categories is “Parent” categories. Now, if you want to see the subcategories (child categories) of these top-level categories, please, click on the parent category, itself, or click the “View” button displayed for each category on the right side of the page.

 

Access parent category


That action will load for you all the subcategories for the specific category again in a conveniently structured table view with the following columns:

  • Id
  • Name
  • Description
  • Position
  • Displayed

and a final column that you may consider as “Available Actions”.

 

Category page structure


The Id, Name, and Description are basically self-explanatory. On the other hand, the Position column is there for allowing you to change the category position by moving the category up or down depending on the ordering you would like the categories to be displayed in.

 

Ordering categories


Thanks to the column, that goes by the name “Displayed”, you can hide a category from users by clicking on the green check-mark icon. That action will turn the green check-mark into a red “x” mark.

 

Displaying or not a category on the frontend


This basically sums up the table view with all the existing top-level categories. Let’s see what else the categories page has to offer.

 

Step 3: Create New Categories

All categories that you create and manage are actually sub-categories of the “Home” category. Think of this as a tree type of structure - the root of the tree are the so-called parent categories and the branches are the child categories.


Let’s continue by creating a new Category. To do that, please click on the “Add new category” button positioned on the top-right of the page.

 

Add a new category

 

Please, bear in mind, that creating a new category in an existing one will make it a subcategory of that category. In other words, if you have navigated inside a Parent Category, by clicking on the “Add New Category” button you will start adding a new category of the one you already have selected.


Once you click on the “Add new category” button, you will be redirected to a new page, that is called “Add new”. On that page, you will be asked to fill in some general information about your category.

 

Add new category page overview

 

The required category information on the “Add new” page is as follows:

 

  • Name” - Here you should give a name for the Category. The name should be short and descriptive;
  • Displayed” - This field indicates if the category, you are about to create, will be displayed or hidden for your customers;
  • Parent Category” - If you want the category, you are adding, to be a subcategory of another one you can choose the parent category under which it will appear.
  • Description” - This is the short description for your category. You must fill this as some themes make use of this by displaying it to your customers.
  • Category cover image” - You are able to choose an image for your category, by clicking the “Add File” button, to upload an image from your computer. It will be displayed on the category page.
  • Category thumbnail” - Provides a small image for your category. It will be displayed on the parent’s category page.
  • Menu thumbnails” - This thumbnail image is displayed in the menu of your Online Store, if, of course, the used visual theme allows it. Once you insert a file or files, please, click the “Upload files” button. You will find it right under the file that you just added.
  • Meta title” - This is the title of the category, which will be displayed in search results of the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo). Please, bear in mind, that you need to choose the content of this field wisely because it affects your search visibility engines.
  • Meta description” - The description of your category that will appear in search results. Describe it in a few lines to grab the attention of your customers.
  • Meta keywords” - Keywords are very important for the search results that will link to your website. You can enter more than one keywords, by separating them by commas. Please, remember that the keywords are actually the ones that will appear in the search engines and will bring the customers to your Online Store, so you need to choose the proper keywords that will make your Store famous for each and every category.
  • Friendly URL” - Allows you to provide search engine friendly URLs for your category, helps in increasing search engine visibility.
  • Group access” - This option restricts access to this category and its products to a certain group of customers.

 

Please, keep in mind, once done filling all the fields, to click on the “Save” button, to actually create this category.

 

Saving the category

 

You are now ready to add products to this category.

 

Step 4: Editing or Deleting Existing Categories

Managing the categories of your Online Store is very simple. Now that you know how to add a category the only remaining actions for wrapping up the management of product categories are editing and deleting a category. You can find both of these actions next to every category in the table view of the “Categories” home page. If you click on the  “View” drop-down menu for each category the actions will appear immediately.


Let’s start by editing a category. As we explained already you will need to click the “View” drop-down button, which is on the right side of every category in the table view.

 

Edit existing category

 

When you click the arrow from the drop-down menu, two options will appear: “Edit” and “Delete”. Please, click the “Edit” option. That action will redirect you to a page which is exactly the same as the page for adding a category, however, with the only difference that now all the fields will be already filled out.

 

Edit existing category page overview

 

Once you are done with the edits simply press the “Save” button at the bottom of the page so your changes can be saved and you can be brought back to the categories home page.

 

Now, if you want to delete a category, please click the same drop-down menu button, but this time from the two options that appear, click the “Delete” option.

 

Delete existing category

 

After that, you will be redirected to a page where you will be asked to choose one out of three actions.

 

Confirm what to do with the products of deleted category


I want to associate the products without other categories to the parent category, then disable these products for now. I re-enable them when they are moved in their new category. (Recommended)”                                    
I want to associate the products without other categories to the parent category, and keep them enabled.”                                    
I want to remove the products which are listed only within this category and no others.

Please choose the option that will suit your needs the most and click on the Delete button so you can be able to finalize the process.

 

Confirm category deletion

 

After the category is deleted you will be redirected back to the page with all the categories your Online Store maintains.

 

Step 5: Adding a Product Category to the menu of your Online Store

Please, bear in mind, that by creating a category, that does not make it visible in the frontend of your Online Store. To be able to make the category visible on the frontend you will have to add the category to a menu. To do that, please, go to the main admin page of your Online Store and from the left vertical menu look for the “Modules” option. When you find it, please, click on it. Then a drop-down menu will appear with two options: “Module Catalog” and “Module Manager”, click the “Module Manager” option.

 

Accessing the module manager

 

You will be redirected to a page called “Module Manager”. There you will see different options.

 

Module manager page overview

 

In the search bar on the top of the page, please, search for the “Main menu” and click on the “Configure” button to edit it.

 

Searching for the Main menu module and configuring it

 

That action will open the “Main menu” module page.

 

Adding links to the top vertical menu

 

To add the newly created category to the menu, select it from the “Available items” box and click on the “Add” button.

 

Adding a new category to the menu

 

Please, do not forget to click the “Save” button after adding the category to the selected menu.

 

Save the menu

 

Now, the category that you created will be visible in the frontend of your PrestaShop Online Store.

 

Congratulations! Today, you learned what product categories are and how to fully manage those.

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