Automatic Collections and Shopify Tags Advanced Method

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How To Create and Use Automatic Collections on Shopify

This is an advanced method of controlling how Shopify organizes Liberty pushed up listings. This will be the recommended method if your store already has a shopify site and you do not want to mess with your existing manually created collections.  Naturally, in this case, you may not want to use any collections that Liberty can push up automatically.  

In this method, we will be using tags and product type to control what collections items flow into.  This does require that the store use automatic collections (you will hopefully already be using these).

Shopify Tags: A special attribute that is attached to items pushed up to Shopify. An automatic collection can then be set to contain one tag or many tags, which would allow these items to be pulled into said collection.  A tag can be a liberty attribute or any category level.  Naturally this gives your store a lot of control over what goes where but does require a larger amount of setup before your store can be up and running.  Every collection must include tags for their corresponding items to ensure that the items can be easily seen on the website.

Shopify Product type: The product type is typically set on shopify as our Liberty Category Level 3 type of item. The important thing is that every single item must have a product type. This is handled by our software when it goes up and can change depending on what setting is set in Shopify Options.  Automatic collections can also be set to pull in specific items that contain a specific product type.

Note: An item can exist in multiple collections at the same time.

To use the above method, open Listing Manager and go to Settings > Options > Shopify Options.  Then make sure the Alternate Category Tag is checkmarked.  This will push the second level as a tag instead of a collection.  The store must then attach a combination of attribute tags pushed up by our items, second level category tags, product type and category level 1 tags to appropriate collections on shopify that they have already created or will need to create.  

 We of course cannot go into detail on this as every store is different if they have already created their own collections.  Generally, if you have already created your collections, then you should hopefully  know how to associate the appropriate shopify tags and product types to set how your listings appear on Shopify. .  Please contact the Shopify gurus if you are unsure of this process.  

Note: Like collections, tags and product types must have an associated item web listing pushed to shopify in order to be created.


Setting Up Navigation On Shopify To Point To Created Collections

You are responsible for setting up the navigation to point to the appropriate collections.   You can visit the following article for more information directly from Shopify on this process:

This will need to be done before you can start selling any items.  This is because without navigation links pointing to collections, your customers will not be able to see your product listings very easily:

Alternatively, you can contact the Shopify Gurus to get help doing this.

The following information can help you get started with creating your navigation so that collections can be linked to your main menu.  

Note: This is something that a Resaleworld Support Technician cannot fully walk you through as this is a design choice.  You can build out your navigation menu to say whatever you would like.

1.Go to on your computer and then log in.


2.In the menu to the left, click on Online Store then Navigation.

3.Click on the Main menu option.

4.Click the Add menu item link at the bottom of the list of menus.

5.Next, we can create a Level 1 menu drop-down.  If you have a 2 level or a 3 level category structure in Liberty, you can type the Name to match your level 1 department category.  For this example, we used Woman’s Apparel.  

For the Link, it is possible to push your level 1 category structure as a collection as well. This setting can be setup under Settings > Options > Shopify Options within the Listing Manager.  For the below example, I just had the header going to the home page since I do not have a level 1 category of Woman’s Apparel being created as a collection on shopify.

Finally, click the Add button.

Note: You do not have to create dropdown menus if you do not want to.  This example is showing how to create them just in case.  It is possible to create a single link on your main menu that jumps straight to your individual collections.  If you have a lot of collections, the bar may be too crowded for this method.

6.Next, we create a 2nd level menu item. In this example, we will use the Tops collection pushed up from Liberty when a listing under that category was created.

Click the Add menu item link again.

7.For the Name, you can type whatever you wish the navigation title to be set as.  
In this example, we are naming the menu entry the same as the collection; Tops.

For the Link, you need to click on the appropriate Collection you wish the customer to be brought to, when they click on the drop-down menu option.  In this example, we are using the Tops collection.

Click the Add button.

8.We next need to move the Tops menu option underneath the Woman’s Apparel menu option.  This is how we tell Shopify that we want to create a drop-down menu.  

You do this by simply dragging the appropriate menu underneath another menu until you see a drop-down arrow.
Once you let go of the mouse button, the menu will now be underneath the menu you wanted.

In the example below, Tops is now a child menu of Woman’s Apparel. 

9.Now that a child menu has been created, you will now see that it is very easy to add another child menu if you would like.  This child menu would be associated with another collection that falls under Woman’s Apparel like Pants/Shorts.

10.You must now continue until you have created the rest of your menu options. You can then drag and drop them in the order you want them to appear on your Shopify Page.

11.Here is an example of what the above menu structure looks like to help you visualize the end product.  

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