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How to Setup Catalog in Magento

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Setting Up Catalog in Magento

Magento offers many options and functionalities that are user friendly and easy to manage. It provides product types that allows to accommodate many of the most common products for sale on the web today without having problem on customization.

Creating and Managing Categories

To add category, in your admin panel click Catalog -> Manage Categories. Select the store where you would like to add the category from the Choose Store View dropdown menu. Then you will need to enter category name, and select location of the category. The default is Root Catalog, 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.

What is listed in your category in admin, will be the same in your front page. You have option also to hide categories.You can upload image, input page title, meta keywords, meta description and can set either to set active or not and include in Navigation Menu. One good feature of magento is you can drag category either you add it in root category or sub-categories.

Display Settings

In Magento there are different ways to display your product information. Below are the following.

Display Products Only - displays the product, description and the image you uploaded.

Static Block Only - it will only display the static block you selected, making this page appear as a landing page to your customers. This will not display product in the page.

Static Block and Products - is used if you have several category pages where you want the same content, but feature different products.

How to do this?

1. Create a static block for the content you want to use between categories.

2. Now go back to manage categories, and find your category

3. Select display mode “Static block and products”

4. Select the static block you created in step 1. The static block will appear above the list of products.


Another option also in Magento that allows user to used layered navigation is Anchor, you need to set it to yes. If it is set to yes, it will display the sub-categories of this category in the layered navigation. It will give option to filter by price, manufacturer or any other attributes of the product.

Custom Design

In magento you can customize the design of each category using Custom design. Here you can override the default behavior of your page. This controls the structure of the category page and the objects that will be displayed in this page.

Category Products

This setup is helpful if your number of products is not that much, let's say a hundred or thousand number of products. Search for the product name you want to associate with the category. Then click the checboxes of the product after that you can then control the position in the listing of category.

Creating Products

To create products click Catalog -> Manage Products


In Attribute Set, select Default if you haven't created any attribute sets. Then you can also select different types of products. The product types are Simple Product, Grouped Product, Configurable Product, Virtual Product, Bundled and Downloadable Product.

Simple Product - this is used for products that has generally have single configuration. Stock is allocated at a simple product level.

Grouped Product - is used to create an "ensemble" using one or more existing products in your store. Each products has its own SKU and can be purchased separately.

Configurable Products - this is used to create a product with multiple attributes. Like products with different colors, capacity and etc.

Bundled Products - is used for product sets for which the user may need to select a number of configurable options in order to customize a single deliverable products.


For more information about setting up catalog in magento please open http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/categories/category/catalog-management/

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