Category – an efficient way to organize the products by their type, which helps target consumer find the desired products faster.

Categories make up a powerful tool that can be used not only to sort your content, but also to develop a proper, i.e. meaningful and semantic, structure of your product catalog. Categories have a hierarchical taxonomy, meaning that there are parent and child categories.

Category tree – the aggregate of all categories and parent–child relations among them. Category tree starts with a root category – a category, which has no parent category, and ends with many branches of categories without subcategories (i.e. child categories).

Parent Category – a category to which the category is assigned. If "Berlin" is a category, "Germany" may be its parent category.

Subcategories – all child categories, assigned to a certain category. Subcategories for category "Germany" may be "Berlin", "Munich", "Hannover" and so on.

There can be many category trees in AtroPIM. Each category can have only one parent category. Each category may have a lot of subcategories. One category can be used in several category trees. Also many products can be assigned to one category, and each product can be assigned to more than one category in accordance with the catalog content.

One Category Tree vs Multiple Category Trees

Each adopter of AtroPIM may decide for himself what works better for him – setting up and supporting multiple category trees or just one. Irregardless of the choice, it is still possible to synchronize different content for products you want to supply.

Product Categories in Multiple Languages

Even if you want to manage your product content in different languages, there is no need in maintaining multiple category trees.

Please, note that multilingual functionality is available after the "Multi-Languages" module is installed (along with the AtroPIM system installation) and set up. Go to our store to learn more about the "Multi-Languages" module.

There are two ways to set up your product catalog if you carry product information in different languages:

  1. Create a separate category tree for each language / locale.
  2. Create just one category tree using multi-language fields for the category name.

The first approach is preferable, if you want to provide different channels with different product catalogs, e.g. some product should be transferred to channel 1, but not to channel 2. The second one is a better choice if you want to deliver the product information about all your products to all channels.

Category Fields

The category entity comes with the following preconfigured fields; mandatory are marked with *:

Field Name Description
Active Activity state of the category record
Name (multi-lang) * The category name
Parent Category The category to be used as a parent for this category
Code * Unique value used to identify the category. It can only consist of lowercase letters, digits and underscore symbols
Description (multi-lang) Description of the category usage

If you want to make changes to the category entity, e.g. add new fields, or modify category views, please contact your administrator.


To create a new category record, click Categories in the navigation menu to get to the category records list view, and then click the Create Category button. The common creation window will open:

Categories creation

Here enter the desired name for the category record being created and activate it, if needed. Its code is automatically generated based on the entered name, but you can change it via the keyboard. Click the select button in the Parent category field to assign one to the given category, if needed. The category description is an optional field and can be left empty.

Click the Save button to finish the category record creation or Cancel to abort the process.

If the category code is not unique, the error message will appear notifying you about it.

The new record will be added to the categories list. You can configure it right away on the detail view page that opens or return to it later.

Alternatively, use the quick create button on any AtroPIM page and fill in the required fields in the category creation pop-up that appears:

Creation pop-up


To open the list of category records available in the system, click the Categories option in the navigation menu:

Categories list view page

By default, the following fields are displayed on the list view page for category records:

  • Name
  • Main image
  • Code
  • Category tree
  • Active

To change the category records order in the list, click any sortable column title; this will sort the column either ascending or descending.

Category records can be searched and filtered according to your needs. For details on the search and filtering options, refer to the Search and Filtering article in this user guide.

To view some category record details, click the name field value of the corresponding record in the list of categories; the detail view page will open showing the category records and the records of the related entities. Alternatively, use the View option from the single record actions menu to open the quick detail pop-up.

Mass Actions

The following mass actions are available for category records on the list view page:

  • Remove
  • Mass update
  • Export
  • Add relation
  • Remove relation

Categories mass actions

For details on these actions, refer to the Mass Actions section of the Views and Panels article in this user guide.

Single Record Actions

The following single record actions are available for category records on the list view page:

  • View
  • Edit
  • Remove

Categories single record actions

For details on these actions, please, refer to the Single Record Actions section of the Views and Panels article in this user guide.


To edit the category, click the Edit button on the detail view page of the currently open category record; the following editing window will open:

Categories editing

Here edit the desired fields and click the Save button to apply your changes.

Besides, you can make changes in the category record via in-line editing on its detail view page.

Alternatively, make changes to the desired category record in the quick edit pop-up that appears when you select the Edit option from the single record actions menu on the categories list view page:

Editing popup


To remove the category record, use the Remove option from the actions menu on its detail view page


or from the single record actions menu on the categories list view page:


By default, it is not possible to remove the category, if it has child categories in any product associated with it.


Use the Duplicate option from the actions menu to go to the category creation page and get all the values of the last chosen category record copied in the empty fields of the new category record to be created. Modifying the category code is required, as this value has to be unique.

Category Tree

AtroPIM offers you a dynamic display of all categories available in the system in a tree view. To see this, click the Tree View button on the categories list view:
Tree view button

In this view, parent–child relations are more explicit, and category trees are built (modified) via simple drag-and-drop of categories:

Tree view

Working With Entities Related to Categories

Relations to images and product categories are available for all categories by default. These related entities records are displayed on the corresponding panels on the category detail view page. If any panel is missing, please, contact your administrator as to your access rights configuration.

To be able to relate more entities to categories, please, contact your administrator.


Images that are linked to the currently open category record are displayed on its page on the FILES panel.

Images panel

On this panel, you can link images to the given category record by selecting the existing ones (Select) or creating new image records (Upload).

In the "Images" pop-up that appears, choose the desired image (or images) from the list and press the Select button to link the item(s) to the category record.

To set an image as the main image for a category, select the appropriate option in the menu. Images linked to the given category record can be viewed, edited, reuploaded, unlink or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the Files panel:

Images actions

On the FILES panel you can also define image records order within the given category record via their drag-and-drop:

Images order

The changes are saved on the fly.

To view the category related image record from the FILES panel, click its name in the images list. The page of the given file will open, where you can perform further actions according to your access rights, configured by the administrator.

Product Categories

Products that are linked to the category record are shown on the PRODUCTS panel within the category page and on the CATEGORIES panel within the Product page.

Product categories panel

It is possible to link products to a category by creating new product categories. To do this for the currently open product, click the Select button located in the upper right corner of the CATEGORIES select the desired category.

Creating categories

You can choose one or several categories at once as well as switch between list view and tree view.

Product categories panel

Click the Select button to complete the category creation process or Cancel to abort it.

To set a category as the main one, select the appropriate option in the dropdown menu. A product can have multiple main categories, but you cannot set two categories that belong to the same tree as main categories.

Categories actions

Please, note that you can link both root and child product categories. The only condition is that their root category should be linked to the catalog to which the given product belongs.

Product categories can be viewed, edited, or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the PRODUCT CATEGORIES panel:

Categories actions