Creating Product Groups in your Store

The Manage Groups functionality enables you to add new root groups to the group tree and define additional sub-groups for each root group. A root group is the main group in the group hierarchy that may include additional sub-groups. You can also edit existing product groups.

To add root groups to your store:

1.      Click the Manage Groups link, located under the Storefront Groups title.
The Product Group List page is displayed. The number in parenthesis next to the Product Group name indicates the number of products in this group.

2.      Click the Add Root Group button, and fill in information for the new group, as described in the following steps.

3.      In the Group Name field, enter a meaningful name that indicates the type of products the group will contain (for example, "Best Sellers"). The product group name will be displayed in the Storefront store.

 The names of groups, or sub-groups of the same hierarchy, must be unique.

4.      In the Description field, enter a description of the group. The description will not be displayed in the Storefront.

5.      In the Custom Header field (Storefront groups only), define a custom header that will be displayed for that group in the store. Enter a local path that points to the header you want to use. You can use HTML for static content display or ASCX for dynamic content that is personalized for every customer.

Make sure the file you are using, whether an HTML or an ASCX file, resides in the uStore application installation folder which is located, by default, in: D:\xmpie\ustore\app\customerapp

Enter the name of the file and its extension. For example: StoreHeader.html. If you located the file in a sub-folder within the customerapp directory, add the path addition before the file name. For example, if the file StoreHeader.html is located in: D:\xmpie\ustore\app\customerapp\MyFolder, enter the following path: \ustore\app\customerapp\MyFolder\StoreHeader.html

For further explanations on how to use ASCX files, refer to the uStore SDK documentation.

6.      In the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) section (Storefront groups only), select the required option for improving the volume and quality of traffic to your website from search engines. SEO definitions include three main meta tags: Title, Description and Keywords. The SEO configuration will take action at the Storefront in Product Group pages, and will appear the same as defined for the store setup.

   Use default values – select this option if you want to use the default SEO definitions. The default values are as follows:

Title: <Product Group Name> - <Store Name>

Description: <Product Group Description>. If no description is available, this field is empty.

Keywords: No keywords are defined by default.

   Use customized values – select this option if you want to set up customized values for SEO. Then, click the Customize link and in the SEO: Customize Meta Tags window enter the default values:

Title: Mandatory. <Product Group Name> - <Store Name>. You may modify the <Product Group Name> part of the title.

Description: Mandatory. The default value is < Product Group Description>. If no description is available, this field is left empty. You may enter a customized description (up to 300 characters).

Keywords: Optional. This field is empty by default. You may enter keywords, separated with comma. The Keywords field may contain up to 300 characters. 

7.       For uStore NG stores, assign an image to each group. This image will be associated with the group name in the Storefront's home page. Example
Group images are saved in uStore's shared folder.

If a group image is not defined, a placeholder image is used in its place in the Storefront.

8.      Click Save.
The Product Group List page displays the updated product group name.

You can now add sub-groups to the root group, delete a group and change the group list hierarchy using the Manage Group Options menu.

See Also

Managing Product Groups

Creating Products