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Sneak Peek: Creating Categories in the Magento Admin

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With the release of the Beta1, Preview version of Magento approaching in the next couple of weeks we present a sneak peek of the Magento Admin Panel.

Today we will take a look at creating a new category in the Magento Admin. Click on the picture to bring up a full size version.
Sneak Peek: Creating Categories in the Magento Admin
The first thing to do is select the store where you would like to add the category from the stores dropdown menu. The default is for all stores managed by the admin panel, but you can elect to create the category in only one of the stores by selecting that store.

After that you will need to enter a name for the category which will appear on the sites selected. You can then select the location the category will be located in. The default is root, meaning the category will be a top-level category. If you select an existing category the new category will be created as a sub-category of the one you selected.

You can then enter a description, upload an image and enter meta information for the category.

After that it really gets interesting. If you would like customers to be taken to a landing page – instead of the standard product listing page – when they select the category, you can select a page from the Landing Page dropdown. This list will contain all the landing pages created in the Magento CMS. An example would be to create a Nike landing page and directing all customers to that landing page when they select the Nike category.

You then have 3 options for the look and feel of this category page. The default is Display Products Only, which will show the customer a grid list of the products. The second is display only Landing Page, which will display the landing page selected in the above dropdown, and the third is Display Landing Page and Products. This third option will place the content from the selected landing page above the grid list of products.

You then select whether the category is active on the site. Selecting no will hide the category on the site.

Finally you select whether the category page is an anchor. Anchors are used for the Layered Navigation in Magento.

If you set the category to be an Anchor the layered navigation (see this post for a look at the layered navigation) will display the sub-categories of this category in the layered navigation. The layered navigation then takes all the products underneath, including ones in the sub-categories, and displays all the filterable attributes of those products. If you do not set the category as an Anchor it will not display the filterable attributes in the layered navigation.

Here is a look at the layered navigation for the Apparel category which is set to be an anchor.

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