Creating categories in the master catalog

If you are expanding your store inventory or changing your category structure, you can add categories to the master catalog.

Before you begin

You can add a category to the master catalog by performing one of the following tasks:
  • Creating a master catalog category by copying an existing category. When you copy a category, subcategories and catalog entries (products, SKUs, bundles, and kits) are not copied.
  • Creating a master catalog category.


  1. Open the Catalogs tool.
  2. Create a category by using one of these methods:
    • Create a category from scratch:
      1. Click File > New > Master Category. The Category Properties view displays.
    • Create a category that is based on an existing category:
      1. From the explorer tree or list view, right-click the category that you want to copy; then click Copy.
      2. Right-click on the list; then click Paste on the context menu. The Category Properties view displays.
      3. Rename the category, and change any properties as necessary.
  3. Click the Manage Category tab.
  4. Expand General Category Information. Complete the following information:
    Code The language independent category identifier.
    Name The name of the category. This field can be edited in multiple languages.
    Short description Type a brief description of the category.
    Long description
    Type a detailed description, if applicable. You can enter HTML code in this field. If you choose to specify HTML code, you should receive this source code from your developers. Before you paste HTML code into the field, you must click the following icon in the text toolbar:
    • If you are using the default WebSphere Commerce rich text editor, click Display HTML.
    • Feature Pack 7 or laterIf you activated CKEditor, click Launch CKEditor to launch CKEditor, then click Source.
    For more information about rich text editors, see Rich text editors.
    Keyword Type one or more keywords, which are separated by a comma and a space that describe the contents of the Web page. Some Internet search engines use these keywords to determine whether your page satisfies a search query. This field can be edited in multiple languages.
    Parent category (master catalog) The category to which an object such as a category, product, or SKU belongs, or the catalog to which a top category belongs.
  5. Expand the Display section. Complete the information:
    Display to customers Select this check box to indicate that customers can view this category in the storefront.
    Thumbnail Type the path to the thumbnail image and the name of the image, such as images/shirt.jpg.
    Full image Type the path to the full-size image and the name of the image, such as images/shirt.jpg.
  6. Click Save; then click Close.