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Organizing Your Catalog with Product Categories

Products can be organized into Categories. These groupings allow multiple products to be grouped and handled collectively. Product categories can be used to apply discounts or other offers to a set of products, to assist buyers in finding products, or to promote certain products to a specified account or account group.

Categories may also be organized hierarchically to form a taxonomy of categories. To organize products into categories, you must create the categories first and then assign products to them. Furthermore, because all Liferay Commerce Products are handled at the global level, all Vocabularies and Categories have to be at the global scope level.

For more information about global scope and site management, see this article about Data Scopes and Configuration Scope

Prerequisites

Before organizing your catalog, it needs to be populated with Categories. See the Creating a New Product Category article.

Note

If you used an accelerator like Minium to create your site with sample data, the Vocabulary and Categories are populated in the Global scope. This means all the sample categories are available in all sites.

Managing Product Categories

Once you have created your taxonomy using your Vocabulary and Categories, you can start adding categories to the products in the catalog.

  1. Go to the Global Application menu → CommerceProducts.

  2. Click on a product. (If you used Minium to create a site with sample data, click Transmission Fluid. Note that the Transmission Fluid product already has been linked to the sample Vocabulary and Category.)

    Associating a Category in Commerce 2.1

  3. On the Details tab, click Select next to the catalog in the Categorization widget.

  4. Click on the Select button under the label for the appropriate vocabulary, and in the pop-up that appears the check the box next to each category that applies.

    Selecting a Category

  5. Click Done.

Commerce 2.1 and Below

  1. Navigate to the Control PanelCommerceProducts.

  2. Click on a product. (If you used Minium to create a site with sample data, click Transmission Fluid. Note that the Transmission Fluid product already has been linked to the sample Vocabulary and Category.)

    Associating a Category in Commerce 2.1

  3. On the Details tab, click Select next to the catalog in the Categorization widget.

  4. Click on the Select button under the label for the appropriate vocabulary, and in the pop-up that appears the check the box next to each category that applies.

    Selecting a Category

  5. Click Done.

Commerce 2.0 and Below

  1. Navigate to the Control PanelCommerceProducts.

  2. Click on a product then the Categorization tab. (If you used Minium to create a site with sample data, click Transmission Fluid. Note that the Transmission Fluid product already has been linked to the sample Vocabulary and Category.)

    Managing categories

  3. Click on the Select button under the label for the appropriate vocabulary, and in the pop-up that appears the check the box next to each category that applies.

  4. Click Done.

The category is now associated with the product.

Selecting a category

Repeat as necessary for all other products that might fall under this category.

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