2. Category Management

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Store Manager for Magento's powerful Category Management Tree greatly facilitates the arrangement, and, or, re-arrangement of your Products. Its user-friendly interface facilitates ease of use on the backend, and easy Category and Product navigation for your Customers, and Visitors to your Store, on the front-end.

Store Manager for Magento allows you to easily specify, modify, move, or remove Categories, and adjust all tree structure and sub-structure. Store Manager meets your need for a simple and convenient Category Management utility.

You can browse your Category Tree as easily as you browse your folders. Using familiar, simple, drag-and-drop methods, It requires only a few clicks to make changes, and greatly simplifies this time-consuming, but necessary and important operation.

Category section

Before beginning the management of your Magento Categories, be sure to first select the Website, Store, and, or Store View to which you would like to make your Category adjustments. This is required, as Magento allows you to create multiple Websites, Stores and Views. You can make your selection in the Store Views section.

* Note that this drop down only allows for selection of your Website, Store, or View that you will perform your operations on. You will not be able to add or edit additional Websites, Stores, or Store Views within this drop-down.

Basic Operations

To perform basic operations, such as adding, editing, or deleting Categories, use the Categories toolbar.

categories top toolbar

Or use any Category's Context Menu (accessed by right-clicking on the relevant Category):

Categories context menu

The Context Menu allows you to quickly perform the following basic operations:

1. Refresh data , which forces a Category List update. It is useful when you're changing connections, or have any doubts that the most up-to-date data is being displayed.

2. Add category calls a blank Edit Category form, which is used to create a new Category (Please refer to the Edit Category dialog page's description below).

3. To edit a Category, double-click on it, or use the Edit Category button, which calls the Edit Category form for the highlighted Category (please see below for applicable options).

4. You can also delete a selected Category and its subcategories, from your store .

Delete categories option

Pay careful attention, as you won't be able to undo this operation unless you've made a database backup, which you will have to subsequently restore.

Expand/collapse options

5. If you want to see all categories that are available in Store Manager, go to –°ategories section on the left side and press button- 'Expand/Collapse Tree'- in the categories' toolbar, and your store category tree will be displayed.

6. To rebuild category tree after bulk operation such as import, for example, check the option from the top toolbar:

Or context menu of the Categories section :

Rebuild Category Index

7. You can Copy necessary categories with all products and subcategories with helping of the corresponding option from the categories section's menu.

Copy and paste options

When you press the button to copy, the next form with two variants appears:

Copy variants

Please check the most suitable conditions (one of them or both) and press 'OK' button to launch the copy process.

8. To Paste the copied category(ies) select from the top or context menu button.

The following form will appear which allows you to choose the location for copied data.

Paste categories form

In order for new categories to display in your Magento Store frontend, you must:

  • Make the Category active for all necessary Websites, Stores, and Store Views (see the 'Is active' option in the Context Menu or Edit Category form).
  • Additionally, be sure all parent categories are active for all necessary Websites, Stores and Store Views (including Root catalogs).
Categories as Active

In addition, clear the cache in System Configuration, in order to see the most recent changes made from the Admin area of your relevant Store.

You can the number of products within each category makes visible in the categories tree. In order to do this, you should go to Tools - Preferences and choose Advanced section.

In the 'Advanced' form you will be able to see the 'Catalog' sector .

Show products' number in category tree

Check the appropriate field - it will enable this option, but note, if you have a large store with a huge number of products it can affect the execution speed of Store Manager.

If you have among the custom queries in the same-named section of Store Manager the request linked to the categories:

Custom SQL linked to categories

Then you can launch the appropriate SQL statement on the Categories page. Use the button in the top toolbar and choose the required SQL command from the drop-down list:

Custom SQL


The following video tutorial below introduces the basic operations with category tree: create, edit categories, add products to the category(ies) etc.