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Assigning Products and Categories to Front Ends

In the world of e-commerce, effectively assigning products and categories to various sales channels or front ends is a fundamental strategy to maximize your reach and target specific customer segments. In this blog post, we'll explore how to seamlessly accomplish this task.

Step 1: Product Assignment

Whether you're adding a new product or editing an existing one, the process of assigning it to a specific sales channel is straightforward. Here's how:

  • Adding or Editing a Product: Click on the product you wish to manage. In the product details, navigate to the "Assign/Restrict" tab.
  • Assigning to Sales Channels: Locate the "Assign" column next to the desired front end or sales channel and simply switch it on. This action links the product to that specific sales channel.
  • Assigning to Customer Groups: Locate the "Assign" column next to the desired customer group and switch it on. Now the product is linked to the customer group. If necessary, you can make a product out of stock for a certain customer group by disabling the availability status next to the selected group.

Step 2: Category Assignment

Similarly, when it comes to categories, assigning them to specific front ends or sales channels can be done while adding or editing a category:

  • Adding or Editing a Category: Access the category you want to manage, and within its details, find the "Assign/Restrict" tab.
  • Assigning to Sales Channels: Like with products, you'll see the "Assign" column next to each front end or sales channel. Flip the switch to "on" for the channels where you want this category to be visible.
  • Assigning to Customer Groups: The same goes for customer groups: set the switch to "on" for the groups for which this category should be available.

Bulk Assignments for Efficiency

Managing a large inventory of products and categories can be time-consuming if done individually. Fortunately, you can streamline this process through bulk assignments:

Access the Sales Channels Tab: Go to the "Sales Channels" tab within your admin area.

Choose the Desired Sales Channel: Click on the specific front end or sales channel you want to assign products or categories to.

Bulk Assignment: Look for the "Assign Categories/Products" button and give it a click.

Select Categories or Products: In the pop-up window, click the '+' icon to expand and view all subcategories or products if necessary. Then, simply check the boxes next to the categories, subcategories, or products you wish to assign to this particular channel.


By using this method, you can efficiently manage your product and category assignments, ensuring that your offerings are well-targeted to the right audience on each sales channel.

In conclusion, the ability to assign products and categories to specific sales channels or front ends is a powerful tool for e-commerce success. It allows you to tailor your product offerings to different customer segments, boosting your reach and ultimately increasing your chances of converting visitors into loyal customers. So, don't overlook this crucial aspect of online retailing—start optimizing your product and category assignments today!

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