How to create a new Category in Magento 2

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Creating a new category is the essential way to establish the logic flow for your management in the settings. Besides, customers will find the searching on your website professional instead of making the appearances of all items chaos.

The category is shown as a big tree with branches in the lower areas. The first levels are likely to be options displayed in the main menu. It is possible for you to create as many additional subcategories as you wish, as long as it follows the menu depth configuration. Each new category created by store owners will be assigned to a relevant parent category. Any unavailable category is hidden with gray. The position of category can be reordered when you drag, hold and drop it to the new location. Moreover, at the top of each category page, the category is marked by an ID number that is next to the category name.

How to create a new category category tree

In Magento 2, it is simple to create a new category as well as customize it as you expect.

3 Steps to create a new category in Magento 2

How to create a new category in Magento 2 as following steps:

Step 1: Generate a Category

  • On the Admin Panel, Product > Inventory > Categories
  • In the category chart, assign to the relevant category that is right above the new category.

    If there is any data which fits with the new category, you can assign to the Default Category.

  • Click on the Add Subcategory.

Step 2: Configure the General Information

  • On the General Information section,
    • Name for the new category.
    • Enable the category by choosing Yes for Is Active field.
    • Create a URL Key for yourself or it will be auto-created by the system.
  • Write some descriptions about the category in the Desscription box.
  • Upload the Image for the category if needed.
  • Enter the data: Page Title, Meta Keywords, Meta Decription for your SEO.
  • In the Include in Navigation Menu field, choose Yes to show it on the Navigation Menu.
  • Click on the Save Category button.

Step 3: Configure the Display Settings

  • Consider the Display Mode from these options: Products Only, Static Block Only or Static Block and Products.
  • Select a type of the static block in the CMS Block to show on the category page.
  • Anchor is your agreement to show the “Filter by Attributes” of the M2 layered navigation. If accepted, choose Yes.
  • If you don’t want to use config settings, ignore the checkbox and choose a feature (Name, Price) to reorder a list of product.

How to create a new category displaying settings

  • Click on the Save Category to complete.

Customizing Categories

A category configuration is customizable, so you can change its position in the category chart, edit, or even delete it quickly. However, it is important to examine how your modification will affect other parts. For instance, if there are some products in the category that you rename, the current product links are unavailable to access. Therefore, you should set your catalog to auto-generate a permanent redirect if there is any change as above. Or you can apply the URL Rewrite tool to navigate the visitors to a new link.

Rearrange a category

  • On the Admin Panel, Product > Inventory > Categories
  • In the category chart, click on the needed category and drag-drop it to the new parent category. The new structure of category will be auto-saved.

Eliminate a category

  • From the category chart, consider the category you want to eliminate.
A eliminated category never comeback, so be careful to select the right category.
  • Click on the Delete Category, then Ok to verify.

The bottom line

Creating new categories is necessary to guide customers better when it comes to searching for particular items. Hence, a clear layered navigation can enhance customers’ experience and increase conversions greatly. You can use Mageplaza Layered Navigation to create filtering options in Magento 2 logically for your store. If you need more assistance, please comment below or contact us.

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