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How to Add and Manage Categories in Magento?


Magento is a feature-rich eCommerce platform built on open-source technology that provides online merchants with unprecedented flexibility and control over the look, content and functionality of their eCommerce store. Magneto’s popularity is based on things such as its several customization features, the use of content/data/images which can be easily uploaded, its integration abilities, its search engine friendly features.

You all aware of the importance of segmenting or categorizing your product as per your customer needs. In this article we will take a look at how to add and manage categories for your products. One of Magento’s great features is its hierarchical category navigation. This means that you can have many levels and sub-levels of categories which will help you arrange your store better and make your products easier to find. The first level of categories is called root and they are used for store roots only, they won’t display in the top navigation of your store.

Here’s how you can add and manage categories in Magento:

1. To manage your categories, you need to log in to your Magento admin panel, hover over the Catalog tab and click Manage Categories

add and manage categories in magento

2. After clicking on manage category you will see two options – Add Root Category and Add Subcategory. If you have not installed Magento’s sample data, you will have only one Root category called Default Category. Let’s start off by creating a subcategory for it. To create a subcategory for a root category, you need to click on the root category to select it and then click Add Subcategory:


add root category

Here you will have to fill in the General Information for your new subcategory:

  • Name – the name of the category as it will appear on the store’s frontend.
  • Is Active – controls whether the category should appear on the frontend.
  • URL key – allows you to override the automatically-generated category URL; Magento automatically generates the SEF URL based on the category name.
  • Description – a description for the category that will be shown on the category page
  • Image – an image for the category that will be shown on the category page
  • Page Title – a title for your page that will be shown in the browser’s title bar; in SEO terms, this is the title meta tag
  • Meta Keywords – your category keywords for search engine optimization; make sure you type only keywords relevant to your category
  • Meta Description – your category description for search engine optimization; it will appear in search engine results as the summary for the category
  • Include in Navigation Menu – controls whether the category should be shown in the top navigation of the store’s frontend.

Save new category by clicking Save Category