Create and Assign Catalogs

You can use Business Manager to manage your organization's catalogs.

  1. Select site > Merchant Tools > Products and Catalogs > Catalogs.

    Business Manager retrieves statistics asynchronously when it loads the Catalogs page. This is because retrieving statistics, such as product count or the number of product recommendations, is costly and blocks the user interface if you have many catalog assets. You can now perform your catalog-related tasks without having to wait for the statistics data to load. If you want to view statistics, however, you must wait.

    You can right-click links on this grid to perform standard actions such as opening the selection in a new tab or window.
  2. On the Catalogs page, click New to create a catalog.
  3. On the New Product Catalog page General tab, enter the following specifications:
    • Language: Select the default language in which to show the catalog.
    • Catalog ID: Enter a unique ID for the catalog (can't be changed).
      Note: Do not create a catalog with the same ID as the site.
    • Name: Enter the catalog name.
    • Description: Enter an optional but specific explanation of the catalog, including its purpose.
  4. Click Apply.
    The other tabs become active for the new catalog.
  5. Click the Site Assignment tab to assigning a catalog to a site.
  6. Click the Image Settings tab to define the storage location of your product images per catalog.
  7. On the Catalog page Image Settings tab, specify the following and click Apply to save your changes:
    • Image Location: Specify Internal or External. For Internal, specify the base path, for example, "/your/special/images/", which points to a special folder within the catalog image directory. The initial Base Path ("/") points to the root folder of the catalog image directory. For External, specify the HTTP URL (required) and the HTTPS URL.
    • Base Path: Enter the path for the image location.
    • View Types: Enter the view type names. The defaults are large, medium, small, and swatch. Click Add View Type, provide a value, and click Apply to add the view type. Clear a view type field and click Apply to remove a view type. View types must be unique per catalog.
    • Variation Attribute ID: Enter a variation attribute ID. When you add an ID, the attribute is used as a default grouping in the Image Manager window. For example, enter color, and the first level of the tree contains the color values that are available for the product in the Image Manager window.
    • Default Image Alt: enter the default alternative image text. Enter ${productname}, ${variationvalue}, ${viewtype}.
    • Default Image Title: Enter the default image title. Enter ${productname}, ${variationvalue}.
  8. Click the Catalog Attributes tab to specify custom catalog attributes.
    You must have previously defined custom attributes and attribute groups for the Catalog system object.
  9. Click the Category Attributes tab to specify custom category attributes.
  10. Click the Product Attribute Definitions tab to define product attribute groups that are assigned to the category.
    You must have previously defined custom attributes and attribute groups for the Product system object.
  11. Click the Search Refinement Definitions tab to define the search refinements of this catalog category and all existing inherited search refinement definitions of parent categories.
  12. Click the Sorting Rules tab to define sorting rules for category search results.
    This only appears after you have selected the site. See Sorting Rules.
  13. Click the Page Meta Tag Rules tab and create and manage you storefront page meta tags.
  14. You can edit catalogs.
  15. You can create categories and assign products.