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Recent Category Manager Improvements at BigCommerce

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BigCommerce has added several small improvements to the category manager for stores using the latest product list version. 

These minor changes are intended to add consistency to the product management experience as a whole in the control panel, while making it easier to manage categories.

Category visibility

The visibility setting on the category manager is now a “enabled”/”disabled” badge, similar to how product visibility is controlled on the product list. 

Previously, category visibility used a toggle setting.

Category Visibility

You can also enable or disable visibility from the action menu by clicking and selecting Disable visibility or Enable visibility. Visibility can also be set by bulk actions.

Additional bulk actions

We’ve added several bulk actions to the category manager to make it easier to manage your categories. Previously, you could only delete categories in bulk. 

With this update, you can do the following actions:

  • Duplicate

  • Move to

  • Enable visibility

  • Disable visibility

  • Delete

Use Move to for moving existing categories into a new position in your store’s category organization. After clicking Move to, type in the category name or open the category tree to select an existing category, or create a new category. 

This is intended to make it easier for you to organize your storefront’s category tree precisely as you want it.

In addition, only visible categories are selected when using the bulk selection action (clicking the top checkbox to select all categories).

Additional Bulk Actions

Navigation between categories

We’ve added arrow buttons to the top of each category page that allow you to quickly navigate to the previous and next categories so you can update category details without returning to the category manager.

Navigation Between Categories

General visual refinements

Several minor visual changes have been made to the category manager that have no impact on functionality. 

These include:

  • The size of the selector checkbox for bulk actions has changed

  • The white background panel has rounded corners now

  • The height of category rows has decreased

  • Column headers (such as “Name”) no longer have a gray background

General Visual Refinements

The final word

As we move forward in updating the category manager with a cleaner look and offering a smoother user experience, we anticipate future updates similar to this on the progress we’ve made.

For more information on the category manager and its functionality, see Product Categories in the Knowledge Base. For more information on updating categories via the Catalog API, see the Dev Center.

With a sleek UI and support for additional bulk actions, managing your categories in the control panel will save time and money from unnecessary API calls. Try it today!