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Categories

The first step is to create a category.
Click the New Category button from the control panel and you will be directed to the page:

New

  • Name – enter the name of the category
  • Alias – enter an alternate name of the category or leave it blank
  • Parent – the first category will be the Root Category, the next ones can be assigned as subcategories
  • Access – the access level group that is allowed to view this item
  • Created date – created date
  • Created by – the user who created this
  • Published – status of the category
  • Description – enter a category description in the text-area
  • Order – set a category image order (this option appears if you first add the image and save the category)

Publishing

  • Page title – an optional text to be used as the title of the category page in the HTML output
  • Meta description – an optional paragraph to be used as the description of the category in the HTML output
  • Meta key – an optional comma-separated list of keywords or phrases to be used in the HTML output

Images

  • Caption – enter an alternate text for the category image
  • Image – browse and select the category image
  • Delete – check the box and save the category if you would like to delete the image (this option appears if you first add the image and save the category)

General Settings

  • Theme - choose a theme for the component view. To start creating your own theme, copy all contents from /components/com_djcatalog2/themes/default to /components/com_djcatalog2/themes/YOUR_THEME. Do not remove or modify the default folder!
  • responsive support – It will add CSS media queries for mobile devices
  • contact form – show or hide "Ask about this product" form
  • contact form recipients – New-line separated list of email addresses to which contact message should be delivered. If this list is empyt, website's email address will be used
  • price for registered only – choose between prices visible for all or only for registered users
  • Price unit – enter a price currency unit
  • Thousand separator – choose between white space, comma, apostrophe or none
  • Decimal separator – choose between comma, period or none
  • Decimal points – select a number of decimal points
  • Unit side – chooses Left or Right side to display a price currency unit

Category

  • Catalog Mode – turning on this option will result in displaying only the products assigned to the currently browsed category. If you set to No, component will retrieve products from all sub-categories
  • Category name – Show or hide category name
  • Category information – Show or hide category information
  • Category images – Choose if category images should be visible within category description

Sub-categories

  • Sub-Categories – Show or Hide a sub-category
  • Sub-Categories Header – Show or Hide a sub-category header
  • Columns – enter a number of columns to display sub-categories
  • Description – Show or Hide a sub-category description
  • Truncate description – turning on this option will remove all html tags from the description
  • Description length – enter a number limit of a sub-category description characters, leave 0 to display all characters. Remember to choose Yes for the Truncate description option to see the effect
  • Sub-category image – Choose between showing the image in the slimbox or as a category link. You can disable displaying image
  • Read more – Show or Hide a read more link
  • Show children – Displays child categories of each sub-category

Product list

  • Products per page – enter a number of products per page
  • List layout – select a layout of products list
  • Layout changer – allows visitors to switch between grid/table layouts
  • Columns – enter a number of columns to display products
  • Default order – choose the default way of products ordering
  • Default order direction – choose the default direction of products ordering
  • Featured only – choose Yes if you want to display featured products only
  • Featured first – choose Yes if you want to display featured products first
  • Category filter – Show or Hide a category search filter
  • Category filter type – Select how category filter should work - All Categories: displays all published categories, Active branch: displays all categories in the current branch, starting from top-level parent category, Direct parent branch: displays immediate parent category and all its children.
  • Producer filter – Show or Hide a producer search filter
  • Price filter – Min/max price filter
  • Search filter – Show or Hide a search filter
  • A-Z filter – Display A-Z (alpha index) filter
  • Alphabet letters – Comma-separated list of letters in the alphabet that you wish to display in alphabetical filter. Leave empty to use default list
  • A-Z: Check letters availability – When enabled, the component will check the database if there are any products starting with each letter. This feature needs lot of server resources, so lease disable it, if you have many products in your database or the website becomes unresponsive.
  • Category ordering – Show or Hide sorting by category
  • Producer ordering – Show or Hide sorting by producer
  • Name ordering – Show or Hide sorting by name
  • Price ordering – Show or Hide sorting by price
  • Create date ordering - Show or Hide sorting by creation date
  • Product name – Choose how product's name should be displayed
  • Category name – display a category name as link, as text or hide
  • Producer name – display a producer name as link to producer lightbox, as text, as link to producer description or hide
  • Producer's products – display a link to list of products next to producer's name
  • Price – show price always, only if>0 (if the price is higher than 0) or hide
  • Old price – Choose if you want to display old price if a product has special price defined
  • Author – Allows to display name of the author or link to its products
  • Hits – Number of how many times product page has been displayed
  • Created date – Product's creation date
  • Publish date – Product's publishing date
  • Extra attributes– Show or Hide extra attributes (extra fileds)
  • Cart button – Displays 'Add to cart' button when Cart is enabled and product is available
  • Description – Show or Hide a product description
  • Truncate description – turning on this option will remove all html tags from the description
  • Description length – enter a number limit of description characters, leave 0 to display all characters. Remember to choose Yes for the Truncate description option to see the effect
  • Product image – Choose between showing the image in the slimbox or as a product link. You can disable displaying image
  • Read more – Show or Hide a read more link
  • Location details – Displays location details (address) in product view
  • Country – show or hide country
  • City – show or hide city
  • Address – show or hide address
  • Postcode – show or hide postcode
  • Phone no. – show or hide phone no.
  • Mobile phone no. – show or hide mobile no.
  • FAX no. – show or hide FAX no.
  • Website address – show or hide website
  • Email address – show or hide email
  • Use RSS Feed – Toogles RSS Feeds
  • Use RSS Icon – Display RSS cin un the category page
  • Product limit – Limits the numebr of products in the feed
  • Default Order – Choose the way products are oredered be default
  • Default Order Direction – Choose the default direction of products ordering
  • Description type – Decide whether to use intro or full description in the feed or none.
  • Image – Use product's image in RSS feed
  • Readmore – Display readmore

Product page

  • Product images – choose if product images should be visible within the description
  • Category name – display a category name as link, as text or hide
  • Producer name – display a producer name as link to producer lightbox, as text, as link to producer description or hide
  • Producer's products – display a link to list of products next to producer's name
  • Price – show price always, only if>0 (if the price is higher than 0) or hide
  • Old price – Choose if you want to display old price if a product has special price defined
  • Author – Allows to display name of the author or link to its products
  • Hits – Number of how many times product page has been displayed
  • Created date – Product's creation date
  • Publish date – Product's publishing date
  • Cart button – Displays 'Add to cart' button when Cart is enabled and product is available
  • Intro description – Displays intro description before the full description
  • Navigation – display next/prev links
  • Related items' column – enter the number of columns in which related products will be displayed
  • No. of related items – enter the number of related items that will be displayed in single item view
  • Image – Choose if product images should be visible within the description
  • Price – Show price
  • Description – Display product description
  • Truncate description – turning on this option will remove all html tags from the description
  • Description length – enter a number limit of description characters, leave 0 to display all characters. Remember to choose Yes for the Truncate description option to see the effect
  • Cart button – Displays 'Add to cart' button when Cart is enabled and product is available
  • Extra attributes– Show or Hide extra attributes (extra fileds)
  • Location details – Displays location details (address) in product view
  • Country – show or hide country
  • City – show or hide city
  • Address – show or hide address
  • Postcode – show or hide postcode
  • Phone no. – show or hide phone no.
  • Mobile phone no. – show or hide mobile no.
  • FAX no. – show or hide FAX no.
  • Website address – show or hide website
  • Email address – show or hide email

See an example list of categories:

If you want to make some changes to an existing category, e.g. change an image or a description, you can do it simply clicking on the Edit button after selecting the category you want to edit.

 

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