What are Collections and How Do They Work?

Collections are customizable categories for products. They're used to organize products on the front end and on the POS. A product can belong to multiple collections at once. When you create a collection, a page for that collection will be created on your front end (contact your designer if the collection is not showing up on your website). All products within the collection will appear on that front end page.

To create a collection, go to Store > Collections in Commerce7 and then click "Add Collection". 


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Title your collection however you'd like. For an example, I'll create a "Staff Picks" collection. You can also add content to explain the collection. 


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Next, decide if your collection type will be manual or dynamic. If you select manual, you will need to manually assign products to a collection. If you select dynamic, collections will automatically populate based on products meeting preconfigured criteria. 

For the first example - let's just create a manual collection. 

You can change the meta tag title and description if you'd like, as well as the slug. The meta tag title and description are used for SEO, the slug is the end of the URL used by the front end page. Once you've setup your collection, click the "Add Collection" button at the bottom of the page. Go back into the collection you just made, and at the bottom you'll find the URL of your new front end page. Copy this URL into your browser to take a look at the new page.


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You will be able to see the collection's page, but the page will be empty. That's because this is a manual collection and there are no products assigned to the collection. 

To add a product to your collection, scroll to the bottom of the Collection you have created and search the product to add. You can easily add and remove products with the plus or minus sign on the right of each product.  


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You can change the order the products appear on your website by dragging and dropping each product. Select the cross arrow to the left of the product, hold and drag to the position you want.


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You can also add products to a collection from the individual product page

Scroll down on the product page until you find the "collections" field. Select your new collection and click "Add". Then click "Save Product" at the bottom of the product page.


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Check your front end page again. The product you just added to your collection will now be on this page.  


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If we were to create a dynamic collection, we would not need to manually enter products. To set up a dynamic collection, select "dynamic" as the collection type when creating a new collection.


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Next - select the conditions that a product must meet in order to automatically be assigned to your new collection. 


After saving and creating this dynamic collection, we can view the front end  and see the collection includes all of my red wines. 


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Click here to learn how to add, remove and sort collections on your POS.