We will need to manage category of your products to make it easier to find the perfect product which customers are looking.

How to manage category

To insert, edit, delete a product category in OpenCart, Go to Catalog » Categories using administrator navigation menu.

manage category


Click on the “Insert” button on the top right corner of the page. OpenCart gives you three different tabs such as general, data, and design.

In General tab, enter the basic category information such as category name, Meta tag description, Meta tag keywords and description.

category information

Next, go to the “Data” tab. This tab allows you to modify the hierarchy of your categories. Here you can set the category you are currently adding to be a subcategory of another via “Parent Category” dropdown box.

category data tab information

You can set the “SEO keyword”, image, status and order of your new product category as follows.

category seo keyword information

In order to set an image for your new category simply click on the “Camera image” and a popup will appear allowing you to upload a picture you like from your local computer or set a pre-existing one which is already present in the images directory of OpenCart.upload picture category

Category status allows you to disable the category from being showed on your site without having to delete it. Sort Order set’s the order of which the category will be displayed amongst others in the same parent category.

At last, go to the “Design” tab. This tab will allow you to modify the layout. Select the layout of product which should be overridden by the selected page.

design tab category

Finally, click on “Save” button and save your new product category.

Now you have setup your first product category and moved one step further to finishing your successful online store with OpenCart. In the same way complete the setup of all product categories.