Setup opencart categories

Posted by Flo on 31 Aug 2011

Product Categories, one of the first things that you have to solve in OpenCart
Setting up an online store by yourself is not as hard as it looks if you follow the proper guidelines. If you do not want to search on the internet for tutorials, you can simply pay someone to make it for you. However, it is more rewarding and more affordable to make it on your own, especially if you have a low budget. Creating Categories for products is an essential step and is one of the first things that you have to do. This way your customers will find everything and they will gain a great user experience. In addition, this is the most important thing for an online store. There are hundreds of stores, which are selling the same things for the same prices. What make the difference are the user experience and the services that they are offering.
To add a product category in OpenCart, you have to log in your admin panel. After that, you have to click on Catalog and then Categories from the admin navigation menu. Click on the Insert button on the upper right corner of the page. Enter the basic category information such as category name, Meta tags and description for each category that you want to add.

After that, you have to go to the "Data" tab. This tab allows you to modify the hierarchy of your categories. In here, you can set the category you are currently adding. Even more, you can make one category to be a subcategory of another one via the Parent Category dropdown. Now, some interesting things can be changed. For example, you can set the "SEO keyword", image, status and order of your new product category. The SEO Keyword is important for the proper indexing of your online store by the various search engines. If you set the SEO, keywords in the proper way, your store will have better positions in search engines and it will bring you more customers.
If you want to set an image for your new category click on the Camera image and a popup will. You can upload your picture from computer or you can set an image, which is already uploaded. Category status lets you to disable the category from being showed without having to delete it. This way you can add them later, when you will have those products in your stock for example. Sort Order helps you to choose the order for your categories. As soon as you finish everything just press the Save button and you are ready to edit something else.