How to Assign Multiple osCommerce Products to Different Categories in a Few Clicks

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Success in osCommerce web shop development is impossible without well-structured catalog. Similar to the products on shelves at the supermarket, in online store goods need to be also neatly placed in categories for the client to quickly find necessary item and place the order. However, unlike of ordinary store, where products are mostly placed in one section, online store gives you the possibility to structure entities on more advanced level. Namely, you can link products to multiple categories and create deeper category tree with multiple parent and sub-categories. For instance, place product “Skirt” into one category “Clothing”, another “For Women” and to sub-category “Flower Prints”.

Manually linking products to multiple categories, one after another, browsing each branch of category tree, opening and editing it will be too time-consuming task. In case your store is massive, it even adds complexity to the situation.

Store owners who are tired of these operations will definitely find useful the functionality that allows to extremely quickly and at easy rate assign products to multiple categories and subcategories with just a few mouse-clicks. Interested? Then Store Manager for osCommerce is for you!

The software provides you several ways to bulk link products to various categories. Here is short overview of each of options available for products arrangement into categories, so you can choose the one up to your needs.

Drag&Drop Products into Preferred Categories

This is quite a practical strategy if you need to assign product to new category, clone it and place to different location or move item from one osCommerce category to another.

Basically, all you need to do is to choose needed items and move them to desired location.

After you “release” products to certain category or subcategory, you will see information window where you need to choose activity to be conducted from 3 available choices:

drag&drop products to categories
  • the first one will allocate products to new category, simultaneously maintaining its relation to the category it currently belongs. This way you can add products to several categories.
  • the second option allows you to make duplicate of a product in new location (where you drop selected items).
  • the last option makes possible to transfer goods to new categories, removing relation to categories they are currently assigned.

Use “Assign Categories” Option

This is very useful functionality allowing you to link or unlink goods from/to certain categories and subcategories, just ticking the boxes in front of corresponding categories. To call it up you have to just right-click on selected products and from context menu choose corresponding option. The window appearing will show you to what categories your product currently belong and allows you to link it to any additional category from category tree of your store.

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Link Products to Categories via CSV

Import is good means to categorize products when they are added as new or already exist in database. To associate product to multiple categories at once, you need to have them in special format in file.

In case of multi-level category tree, you will have to indicate category paths and separate them by double delimiter. Have a look at the examples:

Computers|Laptops|New Brand||Computers|Laptops - |- delimiter of top-level and subcategories, || - separates one category path from another.

It means that product will be assigned to 2 categories - ‘New Brand’ (subcategory to ‘Laptops’) and Laptops (which in its turn is also sub-category to parent category ‘Computers’)

Clothing/Skirts//Women/Flower Prints /- delimiter to top-level and subcategories, // - separates one category path from another.

Analogically, product will be assigned to 2 subcategories - ‘Skirts’ and ‘Flower Prints’

Build improved osCommerce catalog with goods perfectly structured products into categories with useful functionality of Store Manager for osCommerce!

By Maria Kvasnytska

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