Do you have main categories and sub-categories? Also I would like a list of the categories on my home page if that is available. Everytime I add a new product it starts a new collection, so I don't see how the customers can find same types of products like that. Should be able to have the Collection as the main subject like Outdoor Living and the sub collections like Windchime, Birdhouses, etc., and you should have a list on your home page with all the different main collections that people can click on.
Maggie here, Shopify Guru. 🙂
I can see why this would be confusing. We don't have a way to distinguish between categories and subcategories, but you can create all the collections (i.e. categories) you want, and arrange them in your navigation/menu to appear in a
drop-down structure. If that sounds confusing, please allow me to explain in more detail!
In your post you say that when you add a new product it starts a new collection. It shouldn't be doing this. Perhaps an app could be capable of this, but you usually need to create the collection in the Products > Collections section, and the collections will be either manual (i.e. you are picking and choosing products randomly) or automatic (i.e. based on conditions (rules) you set for the collection). Having organized products and collections is the first step, and really important! I would recommend reading through these docs here: Building Product Collections and Understanding Products and then watching these videos to ensure you have a good sense of how collections are built:
When you create your collections: Outdoor Living, Birdhouses, Wind Chimes, etc. they are all equal in the Shopify back-end, but when you set up your main menu (under Shopify Admin > Online Store > Navigation) you can "nest" the collections that you consider the subcategories (Birdhouses, Wind Chimes) under the main category (Outdoor Living). This will cause a drop-down effect to happen in the main menu.
Here's a doc that goes into more detail on this and has great visuals: Menu and links, as well as some videos:
If you're still running into trouble after going through those resources, let me know. You can also contact our live support which is available 24/7 -- some things are just easier to explain in real time!
- Maggie M | Shopify
Thank you so much for steering me in the right direction. I was confused that I couldn't get that on the site. Thanks for your fantastic knowledge. I will start setting this up now.
Thanks for posting! I've updated some of the links in the previous post.
I'm good with the menus drop downs and everything in between. Now my problem is that once I have my collections and sub-collections I can't have the sub collections thumbnails be shown under the main collection.
Let's say a customer clicks in one category (collection) and under that collection there are 4 more subcollections grouped and I would like the customer be able to choose which one from there with a thumbnail of the collections of something like that.
I would like the same thing. I have my nested drop down categories but I want icons on the page where if a customer clicks "clothing" they can see icons on a new page showing "men's" "women's" etc and be able to have pages that follow and further sort such as clicking "clothing" and then "women's" and then "dresses" all using icons or a image as the button, rather than having to use the drop down menu or having all my categories icons on my main page.
I'm needing the same thing-- I have the menu down-- that's not an issue at all.
What I need is for example, on my homepage, where I have my "favorites" collection, if I click Photo Gifts, I want customers to go to a page with all of my photo gifts-- But sorted into their sub categories-- so instead of seeing a "dump" of all of the photo gifts, they'd see 4-5 different sub categories-- which doesn't happen by simply having them organized in the menu.
So, by clicking Photo Gifts-- I'd have access to: 1. Photo Mugs and Cups 2. Photo Apparel 3. Photo Slates 4. Photo Accessories... Without being able to add sub categories on each individual Collection page, we're not able to have it organized like this. Which stinks-- on my previous host, I was able to put my sub collections on each "main" category page-- and then it kept everything organized... While Shopify blows the previous host out of the water in most other areas-- this is one MAJOR area where they're losing.
Did you guys find out about this issue? I really need to solve these issues as well. Customers cant see anything when they click the main categories on the home page and then they end up thinking there is no product under that category. Sub Categories need to show up as well.
The only thing I have found that works is an app called "Categories Uncomplicated" which allows you to have actual thumbnail sub-categories. (I have no affiliation with them, just helping people out).
You would think something so basic of a sub-category would be a standard feature....
Has anyone ever received a clear and technically correct answer from Shopify? I need the same for my store and am shocked that Shopify does nto answer such a simple request.
If we are to create categories as collections and all the collections are on same level, when it comes to developing a private custom mobile app, how do you think we can manage categories and sub-categories if there are no levels on categories aka collections.
In mobile app it won't be easy manually have collections arranged as it would probably be using Shopify API's.
I hope you understand what I am trying to explain.
I'm trying to setup subcategories and found this thread.
My question is this...
Are there themes that handle subcategories better? Or that make them 'easier' to implement?
When i have the collections on my homepage, i want my shoppers to be navigated to that collections page when clicking on the image.
However, when i click on the image, nothing happens, can you help me here?
goal: for your webshop getting menu categories like men clothing women clothign and subcategories men pants men jeans men coats
whereyou can list those products under
If you want a backup of your shopify webshop for if something goes wrong
go to online store -> themes -> select the above theme "actions" -> duplicate
and beneath you get a "copy of *current webshop/theme*" that you can "publish" being a backup of your webshop
for my shopify webshop I used theme "venture"
if you want that theme go to "online store" -> themes -> explore free themes -> venture -> add to theme library
go to venture -> actions -> publish
you can always switch back to former theme
STEP 1: First you have to create the collections of the categories/subcategories you want
For this tutorial I choose the categories 1 men clothing 1.1 men pants and 2 women clothing
so those collections I create
go to "products" -> collections -> create collection
for title fill in the name of category you want like "collection men clothing" -> manual -> save
again -> create collection "collection men pants" -> manual -> save
again -> create collection "collection women clothing" -> manual -> save
now you have to create the visible menu's of the categories you want
that appear on your webshop, and link them to the collections youve created in step 1:
I choose category menu's:
Go to online store -> navigation -> main menu -> add menu item "name: men clothing" "link: men clothing -> collections -> collection men clothing "
again add menu item "name: men pants" "link: men clothing -> collections -> collection men pants"
again add menu item "name: women clothing" "link: men clothing -> collections -> collectio women clothing"
or whatever the name is of the category you want and collection youve created
because "men pants" is a subcategory of category "men clothing"
I drag the "men pants" to the right and then beneath the "men clothing" so it becomes its subcategory
then click save
STEP 3: Now go to your webshop.com
and you can see the menu's you have created
for me "men clothing" "men pants"
and "women clothing"
(NOTE: if you dont like how its structured you can change the theme in online store -> themes
changing the layout of the site
(ive chosen the "venture theme")
STEP 4: but you notice when clicking on the menu's on your webshop that nothing appears,
thats why the next step is to add products to the collections categories,
Go to -> apps -> visit the shopify app store -> search 'oberlo" click on oberlo -> add app
in oberlo go to -> find products -> *search product name of product category you want like "men pants"
-> hover over the products you want -> click add to import list
when you have the products you want go to "import list"
here you cna change the name of the products, I have selected men pants so I make sure each title contains "men pants"
-> then checkmark all and select "import all to store"
then go to shopify -> products -> search the product name like for me "pants"
checkmark all -> more actions -> add to collection -> adding it to collection "collection men pants" -> save
now the men pants you imported from oberlo,
you have added to the collection "collection men pants"
and because in step 2 you have added the collection "collection men pants"
to the menu "men pants"
now go to your webshop.com
select the menu "men pants"
and now it shows up the products youve just imported in step 4
now basically decide for yourself what categories and subcategories you want
and what products
and follow these steps again
to create your webshop with categories subcategories and there products