Catalogs tool

Use the Catalogs tool in Management Center to manage catalogs, categories, catalog entries, merchandising associations, product attributes, and attachments in your store. The Catalogs tool lets business users create, and manage online catalogs. Catalogs provide a way of organizing the products that you want to sell. You define catalog data in groups of categories and products. Catalog data contains descriptions and pricing information for products and services.

Show Me videos about the Catalogs tool

To get started quickly, watch these short videos that demonstrate how to use key features of the Catalogs tool:

Show Me video Description
Product enrichment (6:09 minutes) Demonstrates how to enhance product descriptions, assign multiple attributes, and add cross-sells by using various features of the Catalogs tool.
Product placement (6:51 minutes) Demonstrates how to manage sales catalog to show product assortments in multiple ways.

The following screen capture provides a quick look at the Catalogs tool. This Categories List view shows all the categories that are created in the Aurora catalog in Management Center:


Feature Pack 5 or laterCategories list

What you can do with the Catalogs tool

Here is a summary of tasks you can perform to create and manage catalogs for your site:

Tasks Details For more information
Set or change the default catalog If your store has multiple catalogs, a Category Manager or Product Manager can specify a catalog to use as a default catalog. Selecting a default catalog ensures that shoppers that visit your store see the default catalog in the storefront. Setting the default catalog
Browse, create, change, and delete categories in the master catalog The Category Manager manages the category hierarchy by creating, modifying, and deleting categories. The category hierarchy organizes products or services that are offered by the store. A master catalog can be multilingual and multicurrency. Working with categories

Creating a globalized catalog

The Category Manager can also create versions of categories. Working with category versions
The Category Manager can also specify which attributes are displayed as a facet in the storefront category left sidebar. Working with facets
Create, change, and delete catalog entries in the master catalog The Category Manager or Product Manager can organize bundles and kits in the catalog hierarchy. Category Manager or Product Manager can create and change bundles and kits to determine the best way to sell them in the store.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2TheCategory Manager or Product Manager can create products available for recurring orders and subscriptions.

Working with catalog entriesWorking with productsWorking with SKUsWorking with kits

The Category Manager or Product Manager can also create versions of products, SKUs, bundles, and kits.

Working with product versionsWorking with SKU versionsWorking with bundle and kit versions
Change, sequence, update, assign, and remove attribute dictionary attributes and values. The Category Manager or Product Manager can determine the best way to display, price, and sell products in the online store, including assigning or changing product attributes such as color or size.

Feature Pack 5 or laterSpecify that an attribute dictionary attribute is for use in faceted navigation and can be located with search-based navigation.

Using the attribute dictionary
The Category Manager or Product Manager can group attributes with attribute folders can improve organizing the attribute dictionary. Organizing attribute dictionary attributes with folders
Create, change, and delete sales catalogs and sales categories, and assign catalog entries to sales categories. The Category Manager or Product Manager manages the category hierarchy by creating, modifying, and deleting categories in sales catalogs. A sales catalog has a flexible display structure that can associate products to more than one category, to suit the requirements of your store. A sales catalog can be multilingual and multicurrency. Working with sales catalogs

Creating a globalized catalog

The Category Manager or Product Manager can create versions of sales catalogs. Working with sales catalog versions
The Category Manager or Product Manager can add catalog entries to multiple sales categories simultaneously. In previous releases, catalog entries could be added to a single sales category at a time. Adding catalog entries to multiple sales categories
The Category Manager or Product Manager can create rule-based sales categories. Rule-based sales categories are a type of sales category that uses a search-based, user-defined rule with WebSphere Commerce search to find and automatically assign catalog entries to the category. Working with rule-based sales categories
Create, change, and delete merchandising associations The Product Manager can find, list, create, and change merchandising associations (such as up-sells or cross-sells). Working with merchandising associations
View, find, browse, and associate assets to the catalog A catalog asset is a managed file, URL, or attachment that is associated with a catalog entry. For example, an image that shows an alternative view of a product, or a PDF document. In the Catalogs tool, you can associate assets with a specified usage to a sales catalog, categories, or catalog entries. Working with catalog assets
Preview catalog information about store pages View the effect of catalog content you create on your store pages before they go live into production. Options include previewing your store:
  • At a virtual date and time
  • As a specific customer, for example, a customer who belongs to a specific customer segment or who exhibits a target online behavior

You can also use the store preview to determine where on the store pages your catalog content is located.

Previewing a store
Improve search results on the site Create and manage synonyms and replacement search terms, and link search terms with landing pages. Add metadata such as page titles, page descriptions, and image alt text.

Improving search results on your site using SEO

Improving storefront search results using search term associations