Using Hidden Categories for unique product customisations

Published: Monday 19 February 2024

Using Hidden Categories for unique product customisations

We often receive requests for additional customization on product pages, such as:

  1. Removing add-ons for specific categories (e.g., Valentine's Day).
  2. Displaying a different substitution policy for certain categories.
  3. Providing presentation options for select products (e.g., wrapped, vase, etc.).

All these requests can be accommodated by employing temporary or hidden product categories.

What is a Temporary or Hidden Category?

A temporary or hidden category is essentially a product category not visible to customers for sorting products. However, it can be utilized to showcase custom options on a specific group of products, similar to tagging a product on other platforms.

How to Use a Temporary Category

To use a temporary category, you can simply edit any product and assign it to this category. This empowers you to exercise greater control over various aspects.

Examples of Usage

Presentation Options

For instance, florists often offer customers the choice to upscale the presentation of a product. With hidden categories, you can determine which products display presentation options, ensuring appropriateness for non-floral items or items that already come with a vase.

Presentation Options

Limit Products

If you need to manage product availability for specific dates like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day while still having extra products accessible, you can create a hidden category, add products to it, and apply category restrictions for precise control.

Customized Text Display

Perhaps you want to exhibit a distinct substitution policy for floral items but not for add-ons. Hidden categories enable you to tailor text visibility based on product types.

Setting Up Temporary Categories

You can set up temporary categories on your own and assign them to products. However, for the integration of these elements onto the product page, we would require your assistance.

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you in optimizing your website's features.

Drew Wentzel

Drew Wentzel

Drew Wentzel is the principal of enflexion with over 30 years of experience in developing web services and software, Drew has helped design and develop usable and functionality rich Internet applications and built online presences for a wide variety of industries including retail, government, hospitality, lifestyle, corporate and technology companies.

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