In this article you will learn how to mark your inventory items into a sale category and then create a catalog page just for those sale items. These steps can be used to make a page for any sort of special items that you'd like to separate out of your catalog. Examples of uses for this page are sales, clearances, closeouts, last call items, gift guides, holiday inspiration, or any other sort of specials in your catalog that you'd like to separate out into its own page.
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Create a New Item Category
The first step to create a special catalog page is to make sure there is a category you can use to identify each item that belongs on this page. There are many default categories available but you can also create a new category to use for your special items. In the screenshots below we are using Gift Guide as the example.
- From the Dashboard, navigate to Catalog > Item Categories
- Click on Add Item Category
- If you would like to start using this Item Category right away then set the Status to Active.
- Choose the Name for your new category. In this example we are calling it Gift Guide.
- Leave the Slug field as is - it will fill in on its own.
- The Description field can be used to add colors to badges on the front of your website for categories that will be using the Group called Attribute (more information below). The available colors are listed in the table below. To enable the color, in the Description field add a phrase that looks like badge-[name of color]. So for instance, to make the badge green you would write badge-success. If you don't choose a color, the default color will be gray (as displayed as Secondary in the color table).
- When you choose a Group for your new category, keep in mind whether you want the category to be displayed as a badge like you see with the Sale example below, or if you prefer the category to be more subtle and just display as another listed item in the item details like you see with the Gift Guide example below. If you want to show a badge then you will set your Group to Attribute. If you want to show another item in item details then you will set your Group to Occasion.
- You can also choose to Hide your new category from showing on the site at all. Just check the box next to Hide to enable that option.
- Save your new category.
Add Category to Inventory Items
The second step to create a special catalog page is to make sure you add the relevant item category to all appropriate inventory items in your admin. In the screenshots below we are using Gift Guide as the example.
- From the Dashboard, navigate to Catalog > Items
- Click on the item that should get the new category. To help you find the item you're looking for, you can use one of two strategies:
- You can use the filters at the top to narrow your search by Brand, Item Type, Status, etc...
- You can use the Search bar at the top right to enter the exact Stock Number of the item you're trying to edit. (Note: If you have any filters selected while also using the Search option, the filters will be active so you may need to turn off the filters - choose All from the dropdown menu - before using the Search bar to get the exact item you're looking for.)
- On the Change Item page, scroll down to the section called Categories. If your item is coming from the Thinkspace Cloud inventory then you won't be able to override existing categories but you will be able to choose Additional Categories. If your item is coming from your own Local Admin inventory then you will be able to add and remove any Categories you need. Note: You can add multiple categories to any item in your inventory if you choose.
Above is an example of how a Cloud Inventory category section looks and below is an example of how a Local Admin inventory category section looks.
- Make sure to Save each item that you are editing.
Create Special Catalog Page
The third step to create a special catalog page is to make a new page for all of your newly categorized items to be collected in one area. In the screenshots below we are using Gift Guide as the example.
- From the Dashboard, navigate to Content > Pages
- Click on Add Page
- If you would like to start using this Page right away to check the box next to Published. If you want to use this page later, you can leave it as a Draft by leaving the checkbox unchecked.
- You can choose a Category for this page to help you find it in the future. This is only used for your own admin organizational purposes and can be left blank.
- In the Type/Template dropdown make sure to choose Item List. This will make sure that the new catalog page displays the same way as all of your other catalog pages.
- Choose the Title for your page. In this example we are calling it Gift Guide.
- Leave the Page Slug field as is - it will fill in on its own as long as you check Unlock Slug.
- Fill in the URL field with the link you'd like the customers to use to find the page. This often matches the slug but is not required to match. In this case it would be /gift-guide/.
- Click Save and Continue to continue editing this page.
- Once the page is Saved, in the top right corner of the screen click Edit Options.
- On the Page Options page, scroll down to the bottom and at the left you'll see some options for how to filter this page. In the Categories field, add the category you added to your inventory items - in this example we are choosing Gift Guide. Note: You can also use this section of filters to choose specific brands, item types, etc... to filter down this page even further if you choose but it is not necessary.
- Make sure to Save your changes.
Add Special Catalog Page To Menu
The last step to create a special catalog page is to make sure your customers can find this page easily. You can add the page to the menu or you can add a button on the homepage or the header or footer of your site. You can also directly link this page from a banner or image on your site. In the screenshots below we are using Gift Guide as the example and we are adding the page to the menu.
- Navigate to Content > Menu Items
- Click Add then Menu Item in the top-right of this page.
- If you would like to start using this Menu Item right away then set the Status to Active.
- Choose the Name for your page. In this example we are calling it Gift Guide.
- Leave the Page Slug field as is - it will fill in on its own.
- Assign a Page Link or paste a link into the Web Link field, not both. All pages you create in your admin will be accessible from the Page Link dropdown menu.
Note: Do not put a full site URL into the Web Link field if you are linking to your own site. Instead only put everything after the ".com" including the first forward slash ('/').
- The Target should remain the default of Opens in Same Window unless you are linking to a third-party website, in which case we recommend you change it to Opens in New Window.
- The Position and Relative To drop-downs determine where your menu item lives in relation to all the other menu items. In this case we have an existing menu item called Sale and we want Gift Guide to site after it so we chose the Position as After and Relative To as Sale.
- Make sure to Save your changes.
If this page was made to be used for only a limited amount of time and you need to Hide any of the things you created above then follow the steps above to get back to these options and make sure to hit all of these checklist items:
- Remove any added Categories from the inventory items that are no longer relevant.
- Set your special catalog page to Draft by unchecking the box next to Published.
- Set your special catalog menu item to Inactive.