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2014-07-30 10:17 pm EST

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I have created some subcategories:
you can see I have :


>mini trading figures
and so on....

I understand wwhen I list a product and fill in the "category", I should type in the first letter and there will be a little menu appearing with all the categories and sub categories like this:

Posters > Small
Posters > medium
Posters > large

and then I should choose from the menu and it will be added to the box below.
Only Posters is showing, not the others! So I can't add items to the poster subcategory!

What's weird, is , for my Figures category, the menu looks like this:
Figures > Figmas

and that's it! The others are not showing!
So this subcategory thing is not completely not working, but I don't know why only the Figures > Figmas one is working
Please help!

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43,761 Points
2014-07-31 7:44 am EST

I checked out my test installation of OpenCart and was experiencing the same thing. After several minutes of research and trying different things out I was able to get it to work properly.

The key is to begin typing in the name of the Subcategory you want and not the main category. For instance, it you want to place an item in the "Posters > Small" subcategory, begin typing "Sm" instead of "Po".

This will bring up any category or subcategory beginning with "Sm", so it would bring up "Posters > Small", but also "T-shirts > Small" or "Small figurines" or any other that began with "Sm".

I think it is very counter-intuitive, but that seems to be the current design of the program. Give that a try and see if it helps you.

As a side note: We wholeheartedly support and condone PrestaShop as a shopping cart software. We have had many OpenCart users make the switch and they think it is for the better. You may want to take a look or create a test site with it to see if you like it as well. We also support PrestaShop 1.5 and 1.6, whereas our most current OpenCart articles are for an older version (early 1.5 I believe.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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Thank you so much. So that's the way it works now... I tried it and it works but it's just weird.

Actually, 2 years ago I attempted to make a website and failed.. now that I am getting back into it, I really don't have much time and actually I just wanted to hire someone, but it was too expensive so I decided to do this on my own. I needed something easy. back in 2006 it was all about zencart and oscommerce, the admin area really gave me a headache! I really like Opencart admin because it's very very simple and that's what I used 2 years ago. I was actually debating whether I should choose opencart and prestashop, I looked at the demo for prestashop but It didn't look so simple to me, so I decided to stick with opencart. Can you please in a nutshell sum up why you would prefer prestashop over opencart though?
35 Points
2014-07-31 8:32 pm EST
Hello urusaiii,

Glad that worked out for you. In regards to why we would typically steer someone towards PrestaShop over OpenCart is simply a matter of us working extensively within both. Dealing with a lot of the technical quirks and needs of a lot of users, for the majority PrestaShop seemed to offer the flexibility they needed in the long run.

However, not for all, and I always recommend what works best for your workflow. If you only have a very small amount of time to dedicate to running a website, and you find something that seems quick and easy to use it might be best to stick with that.

It never hurts to try both as time permits, you could always install PrestaShop automatically to a sub-folder like /shop2 on your website and just play with it when you have time. That's really the best way to find out if one or the other would really work best for your needs.

Hope that helps a bit, please let us know if you had any other questions at all.

- Jacob
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2014-08-01 1:33 am EST
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