Using Magento as a Store Owner

This is the first part of what we hope will be a series of useful introductory posts to Magento, our preferred platform for e-commerce websites,  from the perspective of a store owner. The purpose of these posts is to introduce the Magento admin interface to people new to Magento to reduce the learning curve and hopefully the amount of hair pulling needed!For the first topic we are going to describe how to add categories within your new Magento store. Our test site is an out of the box Magento installation with dummy data included. However, the points covered are valid for any Magento installation.

First log in to your Magento backend panel (commonly found at Once logged in click on Catalog -> Manage Categories to see the following page. As you can see in the left hand panel there are a number of categories in my default installation already. Clicking on any of these in the tree will load the category details in the right hand panel.

Now to add a new sub category you first need to decide where in the tree it is to appear. Do this by looking for its parent category. For example, assuming the following structure:

If you wanted to add a new type of electronics subcategory (to go alongside Cell Phones, Cameras and Computers) you would select Electronics in the structure above. Once this is selected you click the Add Subcategory button above to add your new subcategory.

Now to fill in the details. There is only one required field that you need to fill in when adding a new category, that is the category title. The other fields are either optional or use sensible defaults to speed up the process.

Click Save and you’re done. See, it wasn’t that hard after all.

In future posts we will be exploring the options available when adding products to your store, as well as some of the more complex areas of the Magento admin panel.

Mike Smith
  • Written by on 11th November 2010 at 16:44
  • “Mike Smith is head of development at Fluid Creativity.”
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