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Categorizing products

The ability to apply a category to a productCommerce: various forms of merchandise that you can display and purchase from the public site, including products, variations/SKUs, bundles, packages and dynamic packages. lets you adjust the structure and range of a catalogCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs). to optimize its products' selling potential. You can search for products or a collection of products, and assign them to categories by creating relationCommerce: a link that makes a product appear in more than one product category (node).s. You also can copy or move a product or collection of products between categories, or detach a product from a category. The Relations tab provides an overview of a catalog entry's relations.

When creating catalogs, you should consider the maintenance and performance of a catalog structure. Do not make hierarchies of categories, products and variants too deep in your product catalog. In contrast, a flat catalog structure with too many entries in the same category can negatively impact performance.

Categorization includes the following tasks:

  • Moving. Lets you control the structure of your catalog after entries are created, by moving them to another location in the catalog tree; the related products and variants are moved also. Existing links to other catalog entries are kept intact.
  • Linking. Lets you create relation links between entries in the catalog hierarchy. For example, you create a category called Featured Products, and link a product in the Sport Shoes category without having to duplicate entries. The item is visible in both categories, and you can update them from any of these locations.
  • Detaching. Lets you remove a relation link from a product or a variant to a category, such as a product that appears in two categories (Sport Shoes and Featured Products).

Moving a catalog entry

  1. In the Catalog view, select the desired product in the main listing.
  2. Drag and drop the product to the desired location in the catalog tree to the left.
  3. Click Move in the Paste Item dialog.

Alternatively, you can use the Copy and Paste context menu options to move catalog entries.

Linking a catalog entry

  1. In the Catalog view, select the desired product in the main listing.
  2. Drag and drop the product into the desired location in the catalog tree to the left.
  3. In the Paste Item dialog box, click Link here.

Detaching a catalog entry

  1. In the Catalog view, go to the location of the desired catalog entry.
  2. Select the product or variant in the main listing, and then click Detach from this category in the Context menu, or click Detach from this category.

To detach multiple catalog entries at the same time, select the entries in the item list and click Detach.

If a product or variant is linked to only one category, the detach option is not available. This avoids products or variants becoming "orphans" without a category location, and therefore difficult to locate in a product catalog.

Viewing items to which a product or variant belongs

To view the categories, products, variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s, packageCommerce: a unit that contains multiple products or variants, with a single unique pricing for the entire package; comparable to an individual SKU because the package item must be purchased as a whole (such as a computer system).s and bundleCommerce: a collection of variations and SKUs that let customers purchase two or more items at once.s to which an entry belongs:

  1. In the main catalog listing, select the item.
  2. Access the All Properties editing view.
  3. Click the Belongs To tab.

In addition to category links, the screen displays other types of links among items in a product catalog.

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