Web Categories


By using web categories you can structure your webshop in such a way to allow navigation via multiple layers and/or languages.

Some categories are straightforward: if you have an electronics store, cables or speakers would make  good categories. If you're selling jewelry, earrings or necklaces would fit.

It is important to create an understandable structure for your customers that allows them to look for a specific product. Categories are not just important for customers, but also for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), which determines how products show up in search engines.

In most cases, the navigation structure category is often added to the URL, with the subcategory name being added behind the top category.

If you have a multi-language shop, you will need to translate the various categories you have. Say your main structure is in English, but you also have a Dutch store, then you'll need to make sure this is translated.

Within BC, you can find the Web Categories here: Product Information Mgt. > Categories > Web Category.


When defining the structure in a setup where multiple sales channels are present, make sure to select the correct Sales Channel. If you mark a Sales Channel as 'Default' it will open the page with this Sales Channel pre-set.


List of Fields in General tab

Open the page 


Field  Description
Name This is the name that visitors see on menu items in your webshop.
No.of Sub Categories Flowfield that indicates if the category has children assigned to it.
No. of Items Flowfield of a calculation based on the number of assigned items in this web category.
No. of Translations Flowfield of the number of translations which are available for this web category.
Item Category If you set the Item Category, all items belonging to this category will be added.
Blocked Indicates if a menu-item should be removed from the webshop. If set to true, the menu-item will no longer be visible.
Webshop ID The ID that is generated by the webshop once the category is created. This ID is saved to BC in order to facilitate updating categories.
Website ID  
Include in Menu Should the category be part of the menu?
Is Anchor  
Display Mode  
Position Sequence of the list.
Parent Is auto filled when this category belongs to a parent.
Starting Date  
Ending Date  


Assigning Items Automatically or Manually

You can assign items to a web category using filters in two ways: automatically via the connector, or manually via a user.


1. In both cases, first define the criteria by which an item should be automatically assigned a category.
Go to Product information Mgt. > Categories > Web Categories > Home > ItemFilters.


In the Web Category Item Filter page, a user can add multiple filters, provided the fields come from tables 27 or 7505.


2. Assign the filtered item to a web category.

   2.1 Manually. Functions > Assign Items to Web Category.

   2.2 Automatically. You can automate the process of assigning items to a web category by adding the report 'TINX Assign Items to Web Category with Filters' (11205808) to the Job Queue. This report will check which product should have a web category added or removed.