Working With Category Groups

Category groups offer greater granularity and more flexibility to permissions, attributes, and layouts. Category groups may also be used in association with Bullseye's search interfaces to enable locators that require multiple filters for locators that have complicated product structures.

Requirements: Any paid Subscription

Also see

Create and Modify Categories

Create Custom Layouts

Working With Complex Attributes

Paid subscriptions have the option of using Category Groups. Category Groups offer support for solutions that require more than one set of categories for filtering, or for different sets of users, and offer the following benefits:

  • Allow categories to be separated into different filters, each with nested drop down menus for locators that require searches for multiple product families with products beneath each family.
  • Allow categories to be separated in the layout templates, allowing different roles to use different sets of categories.
  • Allow categories to be separated in the complex attributes
  • Allow category permissions to be more granular - each group can have a different set of permissions.

Here are a few examples of how different companies use category groups:

  • A home improvement retailer who wants to allow users to search for roofing products, flooring products, and decking products, each with their own drop down menu.
  • A grocer with bakery, produce, meat, and frozen food departments, each managed by a different person. Each department manager only needs to categorize locations by the product lines they sell in their department.
  • An insurance company with life, auto, and home insurance branches, and 300 regional reps who service 1 branch, and categorize locations according to the services offered within that branch.
  • A sales consultant with 200 independent advisors who will be managing their own content. They may need some instruction between category groups to understand how to make selections.

Category Groups are turned off by default, but can be turned on via Setup>Settings>Options>Location Options:

Once Category Groups are turned on, new category groups can be created in addition to existing categories. 

On the  Manage Categories page at Settings>Categories, you’ll see your existing categories under the heading “Categories” or whatever label you’ve given your categories. You can continue to add and edit categories, or you can add new category groups. 

To add new Category Groups click the Add Category Group button at the top of the page.

You’ll be taken to the  Add Category Group page.  See the example below:

Follow the directions above to add Categories and click Save when done.

Each Group that is created will add a new heading to the  Manage Categories page. To add categories to a Group, click the Add [Group Name] link, then create subcategories in the same manner as described above.

To expand Groups and see the sub-categories within, click on the plus sign in the heading.  To edit a Group, click the Edit link next to the Group Name.