Catalogs

A catalog is a collection of categories, products, and images. You can have one or more catalogs and categories. You create and maintain catalogs on your staging instance, and replicate them to the development instance for testing. Once tested, you replicate them from the staging instance to the production instance.

It is best practice to create two catalogs: the standard catalog and the storefront catalog.

Catalogs do not appear in the storefront.

Catalog Structure

The top level category in a catalog is called the root category. This category doesn't have a name in Business Manager. All categories you create are children of the root category. The category structure you create in a storefront catalog is used for storefront navigation.

Catalog Scenarios

Here are some common ways that merchants create and use catalogs.

Manage Products in a Single Catalog

In this scenario, you want to manage your products in a catalog that has the same structure as your storefront. You define all of your products and categories in one catalog. You associate that catalog with your storefront, and the categories become the storefront's navigation structure.

Manage Products in a Different Order than the One Used by Your Site

You have one storefront, but you want to organize the products differently on your storefront than within your organization.

  1. Create Catalog A to hold all your category definitions, product definitions, and internal classification catalog.
  2. Create Catalog B and define the categories.
  3. Assign the products that you defined in Catalog A to the categories in Catalog B.
  4. Assign Catalog B to the storefront. Category B provides the structure for storefront navigation.

Share Products Between Storefronts

You have products that you want to sell on two different storefronts, but you want to edit them in the same structure used by your inventory system.

  1. Create Catalog A, which has the same structure as your inventory system, to own all your products.
  2. Create Catalog B and assign it to the Storefront. Catalog B's configuration of the categories and catalog determines the navigation and other site features of Storefront.
  3. Assign products that are owned by Catalog A to categories in Catalog B.
  4. Create Catalog C with different categories than Catalog B and assign it to Storefront.
  5. Assign products that are owned by Catalog A to categories in Catalog C.

Only products included in a storefront catalog are visible on that site. For example, PN003 is visible only on Storefront C.

Some products sold on Storefront B are common to Storefront C, and some are not. For example, the product PN004 (in the illustration) is available for sale on both storefronts. Site B and Storefront Site C.

Products can be available for sale in multiple categories. For example, PN004 is available in both the Video and Sale categories in Storefront Site B.

Each product has one classification category, which determines the product's attributes that are not intended to be shown to customers, such as SKU and Page URL.

Each product has one primary category for each catalog to which it's assigned. In a storefront catalog, the primary category determines the attributes that appear to the customer.

For example, let's say that product PN004 has the following configuration.

Share Products Between a Site and a Microsite

You have two catalogs: one major, stable storefront (A), and a microsite (B) that changes seasonally. You create Catalog A, which contains all product definitions for both sites, including the category definitions for Storefront A. You create Catalog B, which contains a few microsite-specific products and the categories for the microsite.

  1. Assign some products in Catalog A to categories in Catalog B.
  2. Assign Catalog A to Storefront A.
  3. Assign Catalog B to Storefront B.

Related Links

Categories

Products

Images

Master and Variation Product Scenarios

Creating and Assigning Catalogs

Emergency Edits of Product Content

Catalog Object Import/Export