Product Categories

Before you add your products, first create a Product Category for them. This is logical grouping of products in your store.

Products can be in multiple Categories, this make it easier for you when creating categories (because you have more flexibility) and easier for your customers to find what they are looking for when browsing your store.

A list of all the categories you have configured.

The Filter Name searches the category name.

The category selection box lets you limit the listing to a category and it's sub-categories.

categories category list screen

Category list columns explained

Sort the category list

Sort the category list by clicking the relevant column header. Multiple clicks will sort ascending vs descending priority.

Check box

Can be used to select single or multiple categories, the effect depends on the function chosen.

Category Name

The name you have given to this category.


The description for this category - shows to shoppers on category pages in the front end.


The number of products that have this category set in product configuration.

[Show] will take you to the product list showing all products in this category.


The sequence of the categories to display to shoppers.

Next ordering is a button that will save the currently displayed sequence.

The order of the categories can be changed using the up/down arrows or by changing the ordering number in the input field - category views are sorted lowest first. Save the order when you have fnished making changes.

categories category list save sequence button


Category published state - unpublished categories will not be visible to shoppers, but they are still used in configuration rules - for example tax calculation/shipping method.


The virtuemart_category_id - unique ID of the category.

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General concepts

New to Virtuemart, take a look at some of the general concepts before you dive in deeper.

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VirtueMart Manuals

Learn the purpose of the VirtueMart component menus.
Decide how you should setup your store ready for trading.

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VirtueMart Tutorials

A great place to start if you want to learn more, before diving into configurations.
Also useful for updating your overall knowledge of VirtueMart.

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VirtueMart FAQ

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VirtueMart API

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