How can I create collections and assign products to them?
In this article you’ll learn:
- How to assign products to collections
- How to use types and tags
- How to create navigation links on the main menu bar
How to assign products to collections
To make products appear on certain pages of a Shopify store, you will first need to create a product category - collection. Go to Shopify Admin Panel > Products > Collections and click on the “Create Collection” button.
Fill in a title for the new collection, add a description if desired, and choose between the two types of collections available - manual or automatic. You will not be able to change the collection type later.
A Manual Collection means that you will need to assign products to a collection manually.
An Automatic Collection means that the products will be added to a collection based on certain conditions automatically.
Assigning products to a manual collection:
There are several ways you can assign products to the manual collection. One of them is to add products to the collection directly in the “Products” section.
Another way of assigning products to a collection in bulk is on the Shopify “Products” page. Select products you want to add to the desired collection, click “Bulk Actions” and select “Add to Collection”.
Finally, you can assign products to a collection in the Oberlo app on the Import List page before you push a product to the shop.
Assigning products to an automatic collection:
As mentioned earlier, products are assigned to an automatic collection automatically depending on the selected conditions.
This means you will not need to add products to the automatic collections in Oberlo app > Import List because they don't show up there. If you are unsure of how to set selection conditions, check out this article for further explanation.
How to use types and tags
Types and tags are used for quickly assigning products to the automatic collections. However, you will first need to set up the conditions for collections correctly.
If you want to have a collection based on several types of items, select condition “Product type is equal to” and fill in the product type you are selling. Make sure you select the “Product must match any condition” option.
Now, you need to add corresponding types to products. You can add product types on every product page in Shopify.
Also, you can do this in the Oberlo app > Import List before you push a product to the shop. Once you add a product type, it will be automatically assigned to the “Accessories” collection.
If you want to have a collection based on the tags of items, select a condition “Product tag is equal to” and fill in the product tag you are selling. Make sure you select the “Product must match any condition” option.
You can add tags to the products in bulk directly in Shopify. Go to the “Products” page, select multiple items, click “Bulk actions” and select “Add tags” option. Choose a tag from existing tags or create a new one.
You can also add tags to the products in the Oberlo application > Import list before you push a product to the shop. Once you tag a product, it will be automatically assigned to the “Bracelets” collection.
How to create navigation links on the main menu bar
To make a collection appear on the main menu bar of a Shopify store, you need to create a navigation link.
Go to the “Online store” sales channel > Navigation page and click on the “Main Menu”.
On the “Main Menu” navigation page, click “Add menu item” and fill in all required information.
For example, if you want to create a new menu item for a “MEN” collection, write “MEN” in the “Name” field and choose “MEN” collection from a drop-down list. To save any changes, you need to click the “Save” button.
In order to display subcategories (collections) of the main “MEN” collection, you can create a drop-down menu. Some Shopify themes may not support drop-down menus.
Go to the “Online Store” sales channel > Navigation page > Add menu and fill in all information needed.
Make sure that the “Handle” is the same as a name of the main menu item. Then, add the menu items of the subcategories, such as bracelets, and assign them to an appropriate collection name from the list.
After you save the changes, you can see the collection and subcategories on the main menu bar of the e-store. You can read more information about how to create subcategories of the collections here!