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Lesson 6 – Part 1 – Conceptual Organization of a Large Product Catalog

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This video is part of our old WP eStore Course Go to our Updated WP eStore Course for current videos.

The goal of this tutorial series is to show you how to create a fully functional E-Commerce website using WordPress, Thesis and WP eStore. In this lesson we’re going to look at how to organize a large product catalog using what we are calling super categories and categories.

Come over here to the new site that I’ve created for this lesson. That site is called Thesis eStore Lesson 6. If you want to see what the final product looks like you can reach that from the lesson page right down here at the second bullet point Lesson 6 site. That link will take you directly to the site where we’re going to take a look at the Dashboard. I want to show you the products that I’ve added to the store.

There used to be 12 products, 6 E books and 6 regular books and I’ve added 40 more products so that we have 46 products. If we take a look at our products here we have all these different kinds of fruit. So those are all the kinds of fruits that I’ve added to our store. A total of 46 products and each of those products is grouped into eight categories. If we take a look at the categories that I made we have the first two that we created in earlier lessons, Books and E Books and then I created Green Apples, Red Apples,  Yellow Apples, Bananas, Cherries and Oranges.

The way WP eStore would ordinarily work in this situation is you would have all of these different categories in a list. If we go over to Our Product page and look at that shortcode we inserted in our last lesson you can see that it shows Books and E Books but then it also shows all the rest of the different product groups and that’s the default behavior of that specific shortcode. It lists all of your groups and you’ve got all of the groups all on the same level.

Product Catalog – Create Super Categories

What we’re going to do is to create super categories for these others to go in. We’ve got these eight groups which we’re going to divide up into three. What I did was I created a three super categories.  The first, called Publications, has Books and E Books. The second, called Washington Fruit, has Green Apples, Red Apples, Yellow Apples and Cherries The third, called Tropical Fruit, has Bananas and Oranges.

Product Catalog – Super Categories as Parent Pages

I chose to put all three of those up as parent pages. We could have maintained just a tab here that said Products like we had in the last lesson and then inside that Products could have been Publications, Washington Fruit and Tropical Fruit, if we chose. But I decided to make each of the super categories a top level page.

That’s how this site is going to be organized. We’re going to have three super categories, we are going to have eight subcategories and we are going to have 46 products.

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