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Site URL: https://www.honeycuttboutique.com/

Hi! Im not sure im wording this correctly but ill try my best to explain. My website is an online boutique. I have my pages set up with sub folders under the main folder. For an example, WOMEN >tops>dress>pants etc. How can I make the MAIN page folder (WOMEN) show all of my content (When I click the Women's Tab/folder) instead of having to individually click the subfolders under it one by one to view a product.

 

As Of Now When I click A Main Page Folder nothing happens.

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It looks as though you've created several store pages instead of creating just one store page. If that's the case, your customers will only be able to view one of these stores at a time (Tops, Jeans and so on).

If you create one Store page (called Store) and then place all your products into it (all the tops, jeans, etc) you can then categorise each product by adding a category. When they are all on the same page, you'll be able to show all the products together or filter them by their category. Squarespace 7.1 supports nested categories, so you'll be able to have a Mens >Jeans page as well as a Womens Jeans view.

You can move products from one store page to another easily. See this guide: Moving products between pages.

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Thank you so much! That definitely helped. Now i just need to create (tabs) again under the new store page. 2021-06-21.thumb.png.1cf468b003c20285fb293e895be89bb0.pngitely helped me!

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On 6/20/2021 at 1:15 PM, paul2009 said:

It looks as though you've created several store pages instead of creating just one store page. If that's the case, your customers will only be able to view one of these stores at a time (Tops, Jeans and so on).

If you create one Store page (called Store) and then place all your products into it (all the tops, jeans, etc) you can then categorise each product by adding a category. When they are all on the same page, you'll be able to show all the products together or filter them by their category. Squarespace 7.1 supports nested categories, so you'll be able to have a Mens >Jeans page as well as a Womens Jeans view.

You can move products from one store page to another easily. See this guide: Moving products between pages.

I know this is an old post, but I am struggling with something that you cover here. Wondering how to actually do it. Right now I have one store page and Women and Men categories. I want to go deeper (Tops, Bottoms, Swimwear etc. as nested/sub categories.

But in your example above, if Womens, Mens and Jeans are all categories in Squarespace, how can I have Mens > Jeans only show the mens jeans; and Womens > Jeans only show the womens?

If the Jeans category is for all jeans, both men and women...then this doesn't work. I cannot figure out how to get basic organization of products for nav 😞  Do I have to name the categories Mens Jeans e.g. so the nav would be Mens > Mens Jeans?

It feels wonky and restrictive trying to organize products in Squarespace.

Am I missing something? Thank you. I am at a loss.

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I have a clothing shop with products for Men, Women and Unisex. Since Squarespace is a nightmare trying to organize basic products and dropdown nav, I have decided to restructure with separate store pages for Men, Women and other categories.

But, how do I handle products that I need to appear in both "stores"? For example, I have Women's Shirts, Men's Shirts and Unisex Shirts.

I want the Men page to show men's shirts and the unisex shirts, and the Women page to show women's shirts and the same unisex shirts. How do I handle the Unisex shirts? Do I have to create duplicate listings of these, one for each store page? There and hundreds and soon thousands.

I can't figure out how I can draw from one product entry and have it appear in each of the two stores. If it's possible, how do you do it? If it's not, I guess I have to create hundreds of duplicate products, which is insane.

Thank you for any assistance or insights.

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6 hours ago, MJB1923 said:

I want to go deeper (Tops, Bottoms, Swimwear etc. as nested/sub categories.

If your site is version 7.1 you can do this.

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In v7.1 you can drag and drop the categories around to get the nesting you want.

Let us know how it goes.

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5 hours ago, creedon said:

If your site is version 7.1 you can do this.

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In v7.1 you can drag and drop the categories around to get the nesting you want.

Let us know how it goes.

I don't think I was clear enough 🙂 I know that I can do that...*but* the question is, if one item is a men's shirt and one item is a women's shirt and they're both under the category "Shirts," then the nesting will just pull all the Shirts and show both men's and women's shirts in the nested "Shirts" defeating the purpose. How do I differentiate the "shirts" under Men's (so it's only men's shirts) from the "shirts" under Women's when it's the same category name? That's my problem.

Do I have to name them Men's > Men's Shirts etc.? Redundant, but at least it will be specific.

What you showed is what I would like, but I can't understand how the Shirts subcategory would be accurate to each gender.

It would even help if Squarespace would allow me to create a Unisex Shirts category (which it does), but then allow that Unisex Category to appear under BOTH Men and Women. I don't think it does, which is where Squarespace falls down vs true ecomm platforms like Shopify. Instead I suppose I will have to create three primary categories: Men, Women and Unisex (which isn't great since most items, but not all, are unisex).

It's a sad case of having to try to adapt your store to the Squarespace limitations vs Squarespace being nimble and adaptable to the needs of an online clothing store that serves multiple genders.

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3 hours ago, MJB1923 said:

I don't think I was clear enough 🙂...if one item is a men's shirt and one item is a women's shirt and they're both under the category "Shirts," then the nesting will just pull all the Shirts and show both men's and women's shirts in the nested "Shirts" defeating the purpose. How do I differentiate the "shirts" under Men's (so it's only men's shirts) from the "shirts" under Women's when it's the same category name?

I'm sorry but I'm not sure that I fully understand the issue either 🤔.

If you do as @creedon suggested and create a /store/mens/shirts category and a /store/womens/shirts category, you'll have two separate "shirts" subcategories. They shouldn't need to be prefixed with "Men's" or "Women's". Also, if it is a unisex shirt, you can add the same shirt to several "shirts" subcategories so that it appears more than once!

Here's an example of some unisex shorts:

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That said, Squarespace product filtering is, to be polite, rudimentary. You'll be able to filter the view to the men's shirts or the women's shirts, or the unisex shirts, but you won't be able to view men's including unisex or all shirts. For that, you'll currently need a third party solution, and the best one available is Universal Filter (This is an affiliate link for a product I recommend because I use it regularly and love it. If you make a purchase I may receive a tiny commission. This commission hasn't influenced my opinion.) 

We'd love to help so, if I've misunderstood the issue, or this hasn't helped, please share a link to the store page with us and we'll take another look. Even better, a narrated Loom video (it's a free app) may help us to see things in context 🙂.

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1 hour ago, paul2009 said:

I'm sorry but I'm not sure that I fully understand the issue either 🤔.

If you do as @creedon suggested and create a /store/mens/shirts category and a /store/womens/shirts category, you'll have two separate "shirts" subcategories. They shouldn't need to be prefixed with "Men's" or "Women's". Also, if it is a unisex shirt, you can add the same shirt to several "shirts" subcategories so that it appears more than once!

Here's an example of some unisex shorts:

image.thumb.png.9471663cd43c5a0e5d6055ffcf6a9b58.png

That said, Squarespace product filtering is, to be polite, rudimentary. You'll be able to filter the view to the men's shirts or the women's shirts, or the unisex shirts, but you won't be able to view men's including unisex or all shirts. For that, you'll currently need a third party solution, and the best one available is Universal Filter (This is an affiliate link for a product I recommend because I use it regularly and love it. If you make a purchase I may receive a tiny commission. This commission hasn't influenced my opinion.) 

We'd love to help so, if I've misunderstood the issue, or this hasn't helped, please share a link to the store page with us and we'll take another look. Even better, a narrated Loom video (it's a free app) may help us to see things in context 🙂.

Okay. I see now what you are saying now.

So I would create separate stores for Men's and Women's wear. That has me wondering if that would work with my POD supplier, because I publish my products from POD directly into the one store right now. Then I assign the categories (which is where it gets sticky). If I add a second "store" then not sure if that will mess up my accounting with the POD and so on.

Even in that scenario, where would the unisex clothing live...published into the Men's store or the Women's store? It has to be published to a store from the POD platform (and then it would have to somehow be shared to the other store).

I'm starting to think I have to throw in the towel and just make the top level category nav in the store as: Men | Women | Unisex. Customers would then have to browse for shirts in both Women/Men and then unisex to find the complete offering for them.

Definitely not ideal from a shopper experience perspective, but I guess it's better than nothing. Still one store (easier to manage with POD product uploads), but forcing people to go to two places to see all the shirts available to them.

With the Men's Shirts and Women's Shirts subcategory option I could assign a unisex shirt to appear in both categories. The challenge would be with Unisex Hoodies & Sweatshirts. I would have to create categories under W and M as Women's Unisex Hoodies & Sweatshirts and then Men's Unisex Hoodies & Sweatshirts (and then assign each hoodie and sweatshirt to both). But the store page nav links are going to get too long and wonky. Even if I removed Unisex, Women's Hoodies & Sweatshirts is still pretty long.

Or...could I create a category Hoodies & Sweatshirts (put that under Women), and then Sweatshirts & Hoodies (put that under Men), and then assign sweatshirts and hoodies to both of those. I wonder if the system would accept that (similar, but not identical)?

Otherwise, three categories of Men, Women and Unisex would solve for inability to put a sub-category under two, but create yet another issue of the inability to see the whole offering on one page.

I do appreciate all of the assistance, so thank you! I think the rudimentary comment is really hitting the nail on the head. So I have to work with what I have at this point.

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