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Managing Root Categories

This article discusses Root Categories and their role in your Magento Go store. You will learn how to create new root categories and manage the root categories for your store views.

To understand what a root category is, it’s best to first describe the context in which it belongs. Attributes are organized into attribute sets. Attribute sets are used to describe products. Products are logically organized into categories. Categories are logically organized into a root category. It’s safe to say that the root category is the alpha category, the highest level in the hierarchy of your store catalog.

Creating a New Root Category

Magento Go allows you to create new root categories, but it’s important to know a few things before you start creating new ones. Be aware that your Magento Go store can have only one root category. This makes sense, because there can be only one alpha.

This has been a point of confusion for some who wonder why the products and categories in their second, or third root category are not visible in their store. The solution is simple: Link the root category that you want to use with your store in System > Manage Stores, as explained below.

The Correct Way to Create a New Root Category

Step 1. Create a new root category

  1. From the Admin panel, select Catalog > Manage Categories.
  2. In the upper-left of the Manage Categories page, click the Add Root Category button.
  3. In the Name field, type in the name of the root category.
  4. Set Is Active to Yes.
  5. On the Display Settings tab, and set Is Anchor to Yes.
  6. Click the Save Category button.

Step 2. Create the subcategories within the new root category

  1. From the Manage Categories page, in the category tree on thel left, click to highlight the new root category.
  2. Click the Add Subcategory button.
  3. Give the subcategory a Name and set Is Active to Yes.
  4. Click the Save Category button.

Step 3. Link the new root category to your store.

  1. From the Admin panel, select System > Manage Stores.
  2. From the Manage Stores page, click any one of the Main Store links to edit your store.
  3. Change Root Category to the new root category.
  4. Click the Save Store button.