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What is a product category?

Categories help to organize your products in order to help your customers find them easier. It divides them up into logical groups. These can be stacked so that you have larger categories, such as "Computers", and then have smaller subcategories such as "Desktops" and "Laptops". Follow the instructions below to learn how to create a new category in your PrestaShop 1.6 store.

How to add a category

  1. Log into your PretaShop 1.6 admin area.
  2. Click on the Catalog section on the left side-bar and click on the Categories option from the secondary menu.
  3. Now, click on the Add New Category button located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. This is the main Category screen, fill in the appropriate details for your new category. Note there are two required fields that must contain data in order to successfully create a category.
    NameThis is the name of your category. It will display on the shop page under the Category list. Make sure it is descriptive, such as "Computers".
    Friendly URLThis will be the name of your URL for the category. For example, if you enter "computers" here, then the URL for this category in your shop will be similar to "". The number portion of the URL is the category ID that is generated by PrestaShop. There is no way to control, change, or remove that.
  5. Click on the Save button in the lower right corner to save your new category.

The new category will now display in the back office under the Categories list. It will also display on your storefront under the Category section of your page.

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n/a Points
2014-11-13 2:04 am


How do i display or show all main categories on the left side of my homepage ? Iam using latest version of  prestashop 


Thank you


43,761 Points
2014-11-13 1:29 pm
Hello Ronnie,

I did some research on your question and wrote an article for how to enable categories in the left hand sidebar in Prestashop 1.6. I hope this helps!

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-07-20 11:35 pm
Please tell why categories disapear and how to make reappear and how to move postion
43,761 Points
2014-07-21 2:44 pm
Hello Enrique,

Please explain what you mean by a category disappearing. Do you mean it does not display on the storefront or that you created one in the back office and it is no longer there?

Module position can be changed by the back office by either dragging them into the desired positions or setting their position number in the position field.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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2014-07-22 4:21 pm

I can imagine what you asking when you say "disappear" is that you can't view the categories created recently.


The answer is, if you click in a name of a showed category, this category displays the subcategories contained in it. I hope it helps this information.

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