Static Categories

Static Categories

Static categories allow you to manually specify the individual products that belong to them.

Refer to Categories for more general information about categories and the different category types that you can create.

Create a Static Category

To create a new static category:

    1. Go to Main > Catalog > Categories.
    2. Click Create New Category > Static Category.
    3. Enter a Category Name.
      This name will display on your storefront, and is the only required field.
    4. If this is a sub-category, use the Parent Category list to select the parent category.
    5. Complete the Description field and Category Image.
      The description field is not visible to your shoppers initially; however, you can make it visible depending on your theme. Use these fields to help a user understand what products they’ll find in this category.
    6. Determine whether to hide the category on your storefront with the Hide category on store front checkbox.
      This is useful if you have a seasonal category that should only display at certain times of the year.
    7. Use the available fields to enter SEO information:
    8. Determine whether to create product ranking rules for this category.
      Refer to Product Ranking for more information about product ranking rules.
    9. Click Save.

Duplicate Static Categories

You can duplicate categories to quickly create new categories that are based on existing ones.

To duplicate a category:

  1. Go to Main > Catalog > Categories.
  2. Click the More Actions button next to a category.
  3. Select Duplicate.

    You can then edit the duplicated category to meet your needs.

Disable Static Categories

You can temporarily or permanently disable categories so that they can’t be used in various contexts and are filtered out of default views within Admin.

To disable a category:

  1. Go to Main > Catalog > Categories.
  2. Select the applicable category you want to disable.
  3. In the Status drop-down menu, select Disabled:

    Keep the following in mind when you disable a category:

    • The category disappears from the default view in the Category grid in Admin.
    • Subcategories—Subcategories of the disabled category are also disabled. When creating child categories, if you select a disabled category as the child category’s parent, then the child category is disabled and is read-only until you either set the parent category as active or remove the parent category from the child category.
    • Storefront—If the disabled category was previously shown on the storefront, the category is automatically removed from storefront navigation. Navigating directly to the category URL is subject to your existing URL routes and/or URL redirects. If you don’t have any routes or redirects defined, then navigating to the category URL either in your live storefront or staging preview returns a 404 error code.
    • Discounts—If the disabled category was previously targeted by a discount, the products in it are no longer eligible for the discount.
    • Admin Category Pickers Disabled categories are displayed in category pickers in Admin, but are marked as Disabled.
    • Dynamic Categories—If you disable a dynamic category, the previewing the dynamic expression results still displays associated products correctly. If you reference a disabled category in a dynamic expression, the expression evaluates as if the disabled category does not exist.

    Preview Static Categories

    You can preview a category page in Site Builder before publishing it to your live site. Previewing a category page is handy if you want to view how the category displays your site and how the products assigned to the category, whether statically or dynamically, appear on the category page.

    Note:  You can only preview category pages (which determine the look and feel of categories), not the categories themselves. When you create or edit a category, the changes take effect immediately, meaning that you can’t stage category data or edit categories and preview them before the product data is updated.

    To preview a category page:

    1. Go to Main > Catalog > Categories.
    2. Click the More Actions button next to a category.
    3. Select View Staged > Site.

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