April 16, 2016 at 8:38 am #26364
Hey Robin and co. – I’m finally getting my hands dirty with the new Symbol! I’m building a brand-new site with different domain name from scratch – so I’m forced to learn how to use Symbio from the ground up. So far the empty site is connected and visible online, now I’m playing with the customizations. I’m using the free Woothemes Storefront theme – but I can’t figure out how to add a simple drop-down menu of custom categories, and it’s driving me nuts! How do I do this??
My WordPress for Dummies book says customize the code, but when the theme updates, I’ll lose my customizations – so I’d rather use a plugin. It seemed like the “Widgetize Navigation Menu” plugin would do the trick, but no it doesn’t or I’m just doing it wrong. Can someone please tell me how to do this??
I need to be able to add a lot of categories over time, have them appear in a pulldown in the top Navigation, and have each category also exist as its own page URL displaying all items that have been appropriately categorized. Please help, thank you!!
https://www.clipartman.comApril 16, 2016 at 9:41 am #26366
Looks like I figured out the Nav menu issue – However I still have a problem. When I assign categories to my uploaded image’s Symbio page in that widget on the right, it’s still not showing up after I refresh the page in my browser and pull down to the appropriate menu – what am I doing wrong? Is there more to this procedure of assigning categories to a product?
https://www.clipartman.comApril 16, 2016 at 11:52 am #26367
Your categories, once created, should look oething like this”
Sof if your created a category called firefighter, your category (that your add to the menu) is:
domain name/product-category/your category
Crate your menu in Apprearance –>Menus
Add a Custom Link, and add the name you want in the menu, and then the URL.
You can see this work on my website. If you choose a category, when you go there, you will see the URL in browser.
Hope this helps.
GeorgeApril 17, 2016 at 2:31 am #26375
Hey George, thank very much for your help – incidentally, this isn’t on my old site, this is a new one I’m building, Clipartman.com.
I tried what you suggested and was able to create a category that appears in my Image Categories dropdown menu. But the problem I’m still having is that when I go to my test product’s page to indicate which categories it should appear under, this new category doesn’t show in the Product Category box.
I see you can define a category as “Product” is under Symbistock->Categories. So I duplicated the name (“Fireman”, using your example) and defined it there as a Product Category. But it’s still not showing up when I edit the product’s specs under Symbiostock->Media in the Product Categories box on the right of the page.
Furthermore, I can evidently create new Product Categories in the box, but they still don’t show up under my Image Categories dropdown in Nav, nor do they appear under View All in the Categories box at left under Appearance->Menus, so I can’t add them manually to my Menu Structure.
There seem to be at least 3 different places where you can create new categories, 2 of which let you define them specifically as “Product” categories, but I’m unable to get more of these into my dropdown menu.
There must be a “proper” way to do this very basic and frequently-required function, specifically for Symbio products that you want to appear in Category menus in the Nav. I’m obviously doing it wrong, can you please tell me the correct procedure for this?
Thanks very much for your help!
https://www.clipartman.comApril 17, 2016 at 3:17 am #26376
I solved it! The solution is to:
1) create a new category in Symbiostock->Categories
2) Go to Appearance->Customize->Menus->Navigation and add the categories into the menu hierarchy from there.
What a relief! Thanks for your help, George —
https://www.clipartman.comApril 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm #26380
Glad to read you got it working on your new site. Let us knew when it’s ready for the world to see.
I am not sure how important categories are in today’s world. How many do you need in today’s search engine world. While I could triple my categories, I opted for a more minimal approach. Counting on the search engines to deliver interested potential customers, it just seemed to me that people are not go to sit and look through generic categories like men, women, dogs, etc. It sort of feels like you have to have some categories, but how much do you really need?
While you are still in the building process, consider the plugin Advanced Woo Search. It enhances your search function, and with a strong search, how relevant are categories? Just some thoughts for you to ponder as you build your site.
GeorgeApril 18, 2016 at 7:18 am #26388
I hear ya George, thanks very much for your helpful input. I’ll check this out!
https://www.clipartman.comApril 18, 2016 at 7:28 am #26389
Hey George – I like the Advanced Woo Search and just installed it. But now how do I get rid of the redundant default Symbio Search field that was in my upper right corner (using the free Storefront Wootheme)?
https://www.clipartman.comApril 18, 2016 at 8:21 am #26390
…also, do you know how to Hide breadcrumbs? I can’t get rid of that thing – thanks!
https://www.clipartman.comApril 18, 2016 at 9:43 am #26392
That will be done within your free theme
GeorgeApril 18, 2016 at 9:46 am #26393
The breadcrumb setting and the search is done within your free theme. I have no idea where it may be — or even if it is there. Many times, free themes are just put out there to introduce the theme and to try to encourage you to purchase the premium theme version.
GeorgeApril 19, 2016 at 7:45 am #26394
Got it – thank you!
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