Feature Pack 5 or later

Default catalog

A store has one master catalog and can have one or more sales catalogs. If your store has more than one catalog, you can specify a default catalog. Selecting a default catalog ensures that a shopper that visits your store without specifying a catalog in the URL, views the default catalog in the storefront.
To set the default catalog, use the Catalogs tool.
Default Catalog pane

What you can do with default catalog

Category Managers and Product Managers can set and change the default catalog setting. Category Manager and Product Managers can use the default catalog to improve store navigation for visiting shoppers by:
  • Ensure shoppers that visit your store with SEO or non-SEO URLs that do not specify a catalog ID in the URL view the default catalog.
  • Introduced in Feature Pack 3Ensure that shoppers that visit your store with a SEO URL view the default catalog.
  • Use Management Center to set and change your site default catalog settings.
  • Select the default catalog from among all available catalogs.
  • Set the default catalog without the need from IT personnel to hardcode the setting.
  • WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseWebSphere Commerce ProfessionalUse the default catalog setting when you are using workspaces.
  • Set a single default catalog for your store regardless of store language, since default catalog is language independent. The catalog setting applies for all languages that are supported in your store.
  • Use the default catalog with store preview to ensure that the store preview function in Management Center displays the default catalog. Store preview displays the master catalog by default. Changing this behavior ensures that the catalog in store preview is the same as the catalog that displays to a shopper.
WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseIf you are using extended sites:
  • Set the default catalog at the asset store so that all your extended site stores can inherit a single default catalog.
  • Set the default catalog at the extended site store to override an asset store default catalog. Overriding the asset store ensures that the extended site store can have its own default catalog.
WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Default catalog in extended sites

If your site uses extended sites, you can set multiple default catalogs. You can have a default catalog for your asset store and potentially a separate default catalog for each of your extended site stores. In extended sites, there are two lists for the default catalog: an asset store list and an extended site store list. If your site does not set a default catalog for its asset store or extended site stores, the master catalog is set as the default catalog. If your asset store has a default catalog specified, but your extended site stores do not, the extended site stores inherit the asset store default catalog. The asset store default catalog is set and changed in the asset store. When you work in an extended site store, you can set the default catalog for that store. In an extended site store, you can override an asset store default catalog that is set as the extended site store default catalog.

Support for default catalog

The default catalog is supported for the Aurora and Elite starter store, including the mobile starter, and the Android native application store.

The default catalog settings are managed with Management Center. The default catalog function is not supported for Portal, Sales Center, or WebSphere Commerce Accelerator.