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Create Category in Magento

In Magento, for a product to be visible in your store, it must be assigned to at least one category. Each category can have a dedicated landing page with an image, static block, a description, and list of products. You can also create special designs for category pages that become active for a specific period of time such as for a holiday season or promotion. you must first establish the basic category structure of your catalog. The number of subcategory levels that you can have in the top navigation is set in the system configuration.

Below is the steps for creating category in magento,

Step-1 : On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Manage Categories.

Step-2 : Before you begin, set Choose Store View to the store or view. By default, the scope of the category configuration is set to “All Store Views.”

Magento category tree

Step-3 : In the category tree, click the category that is to be the parent of the new category. The parent is the level just above the new category.

Note : If you’re starting from the beginning without any data, there might be only two categories in the list: “Default Category,” which is the root, and an “Example Category.”

Step-4 : Click the Add Subcategory button.

General Information

Magento create category

Step-1 : In the General Information section, do the following:

    — (Required) Type the Name of the category.
    — (Required) To enable the category, set Is Active to “Yes.”
    — You can enter a URL Key for the category, or let the system automatically create one that is based on the category name.

Step-2 : If supported by your theme, you can display a Thumbnail image in the main menu for each category. Click the Choose File button and select the image to upload.

Step-3 : In the Description box, enter a paragraph or two of descriptive text for the category landing page.

Step-4 : To display an Image at the top of the category landing page, click the Choose File button and select the image to upload.

Step-5 : Complete the category meta data:

    — Page Title
    — Meta Keywords
    — Meta Description

Step-6 : (Required) To include the category in the main menu, set Include in Navigation Menu to “Yes.”

Step-7 : Click the Save Category button. Then, take note of the following:

— The new category now appears in the tree. If it’s not in the correct position, you can drag it to another location in the tree.

— In addition to the category name, it has an ID number shown in parentheses.

— A URL Key that is based on the category name can be automatically generated for the category.

Display Settings

magento category display settings

You can configure the category landing page to display both a static block and product
list, or one or the other. A static block can provide additional information, including
text, images, and even embedded video.

Step-1 : On the Display Settings tab, do the following:

a. Set Display Mode to one of the following:

  • Products Only
  • Static Block Only
  • Static Block and Products

b. If applicable, set CMS Block to the static block that you want to appear on the category page.

c. If you want this category page to display the “Filter by Attribute” section of layered navigation, set Is Anchor to “Yes.”

d. Clear the checkbox under Default Product Listing Sort By. Then select one of the available values to sort the list. By default, all available attributes are listed. The default values typically include:

  • Best Value
  • Name
  • Price
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