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Creating Custom Catalogs

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016 12:49PM EDT
The Product Center makes it easy to keep track of the products that you offer on your website. To view your available catalogs, navigate to the Product Center and then Catalog Pages. In the Catalog Page Index you can view the various manufacturers, categories and products that you have on your website. On this page you may see two different types of Product Catalogs: managed and custom. Managed product catalogs have a blue M on the folder. These product catalogs require a license and are managed by StructuredWeb. Custom product catalogs, on the other hand, have a plain folder. These product catalogs do not require a license but you must maintain and update the product catalog.

 
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Creating a Custom Catalog
From Catalog Pages, click Add New.



Select Add to this page to the right of Product Catalog.



Click Create New Page.



Fill out the pertinent information for the catalog page. This includes:

  • Page Name

  • Number of Sub Pages to display per line: number of categories to display per line; two is recommended.

  • Number of products to display per line: two is recommended.

  • Thumbnail and thumbnail description: an image and a description of the image that describes the catalog.

  • Page Content: this information will be displayed at the top of the next page, once the user clicks the link from the Product Catalog.

Click Add.




Accessing the Catalog Page Information Screen
Once you have created a custom catalog using the process above you will automatically be taken to the catalog page information screen. You can access this page in the future from Catalog Pages by clicking the name of the catalog.  From this screen you can:
 
  • Edit catalog page information.

  • Add, delete, and sort categories within the catalog.

  • Access categories and edit the information within.

  • Add, delete, and sort products that appear on this level of the catalog.

  • Add, delete and edit additional information that appears on this page.

  • Manage category information forms.




Adding Categories to a Custom Catalog
Now that you have created a custom catalog, you will want to create categories within the catalog (e.g. the catalog is Stanley and the categories are Seating, Tables, etc.). Categories help you keep your products and website organized and make it easier for customers to locate the products they are trying to find.

Under the Categories heading click New Page.



Fill in the information for the category page. This includes:
 
  • Page Name

  • Number of Sub Pages to display per line: number of categories to display per line; two is recommended.

  • Number of products to display per line: two is recommended.

  • Thumbnail and thumbnail description: an image and a description of the image that describes the category.

  • Page Content: this information will be displayed at the top of the next page, once the user clicks the link from the catalog page.


Click Add.



This will take you to the category information page. This page is formatted identically to the catalog information screen, so when making changes be sure that you are in the correct level. At the top of the page you will see the breadcrumb trail, which will let you know which page you are currently viewing.




Adding Products to a Custom Catalog
Now that you have the custom catalog and categories created, you can begin adding products. To begin adding products to your catalog:

Access the category where you wish to add the product.

Under the Products heading click New Product.



Fill in the information for the product. This includes:
 
  • Name.

  • Display Name: name of the product as displayed on the website.

  • Model and Manufacturer.

  • MSRP: recommended if you have it available.

  • Search Key Words: key words to allow customers to search for the product.

  • Thumbnail and thumbnail description: an image and a description of the image of the product.

  • Detailed Description: more detailed product information that the user will see if they click the link from the category page.  This can include product specifications and a larger image of the product.

Click Save.
 



Make the Custom Catalog Visible
When you first create a catalog, category or product it will not automatically appear on your webpage. This is done so that the new pages are not visible to customers before they are ready. Once you are happy with the new catalog, category, or product you can make it visible on your website and in the Customer Center.

From the catalog pages index check the boxes to the right of the catalog(s) you wish to make visible under the columns Visible on your website and Visible in CustomerCenter.



Click Update.

Click the name of the catalog to open the catalog information page.

Check the boxes to the right of the catalog(s) you wish to make visible under the columns Visible on your website and Visible in CustomerCenter.



Click Update.

Click the name of the category to open the category information page.

Check the boxes to the right of the product(s) you wish to make visible under the columns On website and In CustomerCenter.



Click Update.

If you wish to make a visible page no longer visible, you can follow the previous steps with the exception of unchecking the desired catalog, category, or product. If you wish to make a catalog or category no longer visible you can simply remove its visibility; you do not need to change the visibility of its contents.
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