Using Sub-categories

Since categories have the potential to be quite large, you can also create a hierarchy of categories. This is done by the use of sub-categories. A sub-category is a subdivision that has common differentiating characteristics within a larger category. Creating sub-categories helps the Site Manager break down the main categories and make it easier for site visitors to search for items.

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In the “Beauty and Fitness” category, you might want to have separate, subordinate categories for Beauty Salons, Gyms, Massage, and Spas.

Listing categories can have up to 5 hierarchy levels while event, classified and article categories are allowed to have up to 2 only.

In eDirectory version 7.3.00, all modules can have up to 5 levels. What’s even more amazing about this feature is that site visitors browsing by a main category can now see the hierarchy of categories through this Browse by Category block added in the results pages. This block, like that of the Google map, can be hidden or shown instantly.


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To create a sub-category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click on the category icon of the category where you want to add the sub-category.
  4. In the Category Information area (image shown below), do the following:

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    1. In the Title box, type the name of the sub-category that you want to add.
    2. In the Keywords for the search textarea, type the keywords with which the sub-category will be indexed for a search. Add one keyword/keyword phrase per line.
  5. Click on the Submit button.

Deleting A Category

A category can be deleted when it is not in use anymore. When the Site Manager deletes a category, the sub-categories it has are deleted along with it, and the items that the category contains become un-attached to it.

DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img1If you have been operating your directory for some time and your Members have paid you to have their items in your site under a specific category, they will not be happy if you remove the category without warning. You may want to state in the Terms of Use that you are in legal position to delete a category without prior notice to the Members. Terms of Use are the set of rules you set up in the Site Content area. A site visitor who wants to become a Member must agree with the Terms of Use before he/she can complete the signing up procedure.

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To delete a category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click the delete icon of the corresponding category that you want to delete. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  4. Click on the Submit button to approve the deletion.

Adding / Editing A Category

Categories are created and used to classify and to organize all items added in the directory. For every item that the Site Manager and Members create, they should assign it to one or more category. The purpose of categories is to enable them to quickly display an item of a particular type of content and to make it easy for site visitors to find information.

DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img3If you want the Members and the site visitors to be able to quickly access all of the directory’s listings related to travel, you could create a listing category called “Travel”. When a Member (or another Site Manager) adds a listing to the directory, he/she can assign it to the “Travel” category. On the other side, the site visitors can browse through this category in the directory front to see all of the available listings that are under this classification.

Determining the categories is one of the most important responsibilities of the Site Manager.  With the categories he/she selects, he/she is telling the Members and site visitors what kind of website he/she has and what type of business he/she is operating.

DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img1You may find it easiest to keep your category names simple.  If you have too many categories, your site visitors may become overwhelmed.  Site visitors that don’t know where to start and don’t know what to do when they visit a website often go elsewhere.  This is true for both your Members and site visitors.  If your site visitors can’t quickly and easily find the information they are seeking, your Members will recognize this and opt not to post on your directory. Name your categories thoughtfully as your business will be built upon them.

While eDirectory allows the Site Manager and Members to associate a listing, event or article with up to 5 categories, other item types have unique characteristics when using categories.  For instance, a classified is only allowed to be associated with 1 category. A banner, on the other hand is not allowed to be associated with any category but every time you add one, the application asks you to specify which listing, event, article, and classified category or sub-category you wish your banner to appear within.

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To add a new category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click on the Add New Category link.
  4. In the Category Information area (image shown below), do the following:

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    1. In the Title box, type the name of the category that you want to add (e.g., Technology).
    2. In the Keywords for the search textarea, type the keywords with which the category will be indexed for a search. Add one keyword/keyword phrase per line.

      DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img3If you have a category named “Automobiles”, you may wish to add keywords to this category such as Autos, Auto, Cars, Car, Trucks, Truck, SUV, etc. These keywords will help your site visitors find listings under this classification.

  5. Click on the Submit button.



Editing can be performed by the Site Manager when he/she wants to change the information that he/she supplied in the adding procedure.

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To edit a category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu.
  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click the edit icon of the corresponding category that you want to edit.
  4. Do Steps 4 and 5 of the procedure that you perform when adding a new category. (Refer to the previous How To)