Managing Product Categories, Tags and Attributes

Product categories

Product categories are the primary way to group products with similar features. You can also add subcategories if desired.

For example, if you sell coffee products, you might have “coffee,” “gear,” and “blends” as categories.

How to add/edit product categories

Categories are managed from the Products > Product Categories screen. You can add, delete, and edit product categories.

  • Add a Name.
  • Add a Slug (optional); this is the URL-friendly version of the name.
  • Choose a Parent if this is a subcategory.
  • Enter a Description (optional); some themes display this.
  • Choose the Display type. Decide what is shown on the category’s landing page. In addition to “default,” you have a few choices. “Subcategories” will display only the subcategories. “Products” only displays products. “Both” will display subcategories and products below that.
  • Upload/Add Image (optional);  If you are planning to have your WebStore organized by category, then you will need to add images.

Shop by Category Example

Categories can also be reordered by dragging and dropping – this order is used by default on the front end whenever the categories are listed. This includes the category/subcategory views on product pages. Just click and hold the category bar and drag it to reorder.

Adding a new category

When you add a new product via Products > Add New Product, you can select this new product category from the list.

Alternatively, you can go to Products > Add New Product directly, and select Add New Product Category.

Product Tags

What are product tags?

Product tags are another way to relate products to each other, next to product categories. Contrary to categories, there is no hierarchy in tags; so there are no “subtags.”

For example, if you sell clothing, and you have a lot of cat prints, you could make a tag for “cat.” Then add that tag to the menu or sidebar so cat lovers can easily find all t-shirts, hoodies, and pants with cat prints.

Add/edit product tags

Tags can be added similarly to adding product categories.

Go to Products > Product Tags

Product Attributes

What are product attributes?

Product attributes are used to create variable products. To create a variable product, an attribute must first be defined for the product. These attributes can then be used to make a distinction between different variations.

For example, if you’re selling clothing, two logical attributes are “color” and “size”, so people can search across categories for a color that fits their style and type and clothing available in their size.

How to add/edit product attributes

Set global attributes

Go to Products > Product Attributes to add, edit, and remove attributes.

Here you can quickly and easily add attributes and their terms.

  • Add a Name.
  • Add a Slug; (optional); this is the URL-friendly version of the name.
  • Enable Archives if desired. If enabled, you can view a page with all products having this attribute. For example, if you have this enabled, and “black” is one of the options under “color”, you can add to your menu to only display black clothing – pa stands for “product attribute.”

Select a Default sort order. Choose between “Name”, “Name (numeric)”, “Term ID” or “Custom ordering” where you decide by dragging and dropping the terms in the list when configuring the terms (see below). “Name (numeric)” is relevant if the values are numbers. If you select “Name”, it sorts alphabetically with 1 and 10 preceding 2. If you select “Name (numeric)” it sorts based on numerical value. 

Select Add Attribute.

The attribute is added in the table on the right, but without values.

Next Add New “Attribute name”, where “Attribute name” automatically takes the name you gave the attribute in the previous step.

Add as many values as you wish, one at a time.

Add global attributes to product

  1. Go to: Products > Add New Product (or edit an existing one).
  2. Select the Attributes tab in the Product Data. There you can choose any of the attributes that you’ve created in the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Add.

If you selected a global attribute that you previously created, you can select terms that you added previously.

Add custom attributes to product

Alternatively, add an attribute you only want to use for one product. This would only be ideal if you have a product with unique variations.

  1. Go to: Product > Add New Product.
  2. Select the Attributes 
  3. Select Custom product attribute in the dropdown and click Add. Then follow the above steps.