Providing a well organized blog is essential to increase the time spent reading your articles. A good blog posts categorization is critical to achieve your blogs results:
Our legitimacy to write about Shopify blogging:
Considering the Shopify native limitations, installing an app like Bloggle can change your blog's results.
In this article, I will guide you on how to add blog categories on Shopify. The process is simple and requires no technical knowledge. Let's go!
The short answer is yes. But the way to do it is not immediately obvious.
The way Shopify does it is by letting you create multiple blogs. Each blog is treated as its own category, and you can assign individual blog posts to any of your blogs. The default category is called News, but you can change the title to anything you want. You can also style your primary blog by customizing your Shopify theme, or by using an app like Bloggle (more on that later).
Categories make it easier to manage your blog. You can sort and filter your posts based on blog category from the Blog posts page on your Shopify dashboard.
Let’s create a blog category, step by step.
The category we’ve created is now available for selection for future blog posts.
There are two ways to add blog posts to categories: with the native editor, and with the Bloggle Shopify app.
To set the blog post category using the default editor, do the following:
To set the blog post category using Bloggle, do the following:
You can find blog posts from each category using the search bar in Bloggle’s dashboard.
An alternative way to categorize blog posts is with Shopify tags.
The main difference between tags and categories is that tags aren't displayed to customers. They are a tool for organizing your Shopify content, including products, blog posts, orders, etc. Tags from one section (i.e. products) are not copied to other sections (i.e. blog posts), so you can have a different set of tags for each section.
You can add tags to your posts using the Tags section from the Add blog posts page:
You can also add tags via Bloggle:
Tags make it much easier to manage your Shopify blog content. You can filter and sort posts from Shopifty’s Blog posts page, or from Bloggle’s main dashboard.
Blog post tags have the following properties:
Another way to customize your Shopify blog is by editing its category layout.
It’s cumbersome if you’re using the default Shopify editor, and the available customization options depend on your Shopify theme. Alternatively, you can use Bloggle’s Layout feature to quickly create and customize layouts.
Bloggle provides a range of settings for customizing your blog layout. To access them:
Here are the options you can customize:
Once you’re satisfied with the layout, click Save. Alternatively, click Save & Publish from the drop-down menu to go live with the changes.
Note: To change the layout for multiple blog categories, you need to set the theme template for each blog on Shopify.
Now, whenever you edit your layout with Bloggle, the changes will apply to each blog category that has Bloggle’s theme template enabled.
The short answer is – you can’t. Unlike WordPress, Shopify doesn’t support blog posts belonging to multiple blog categories. Once you’ve set a category for a post, it belongs to that blog. This precludes your blog from having a content feed that combines posts from different categories.
Let’s say you have two blog categories, News and Recipes. If you publish a new post under the Recipes category, it will only appear on the Recipes page. To have the same post appear on the News page, you’d have to duplicate it, which creates an extra load on resources and degrades SEO. This also means that customers would have to check both News and Recipes separately for content updates, instead of checking a unified content feed.
One way to work around this issue is to have a single category for all blog posts so they are available in one place. But this defeats the point of creating blog post categories.
Another way to coalesce posts from multiple blogs is with the tag system. For example, you can tag each post with an “all posts” tag or something similar. If a customer wants to browse posts from all categories in the order they were published, they can simply enter “all posts” in the search bar, and it will display everything with the “all posts” tag. This is not an ideal solution, but it’s one way to have multiple blog categories displayed on the same page.
Organizing your blog content is essential for managing Shopify blogs. Fortunately, Shopify provides the required functionality by allowing you to create multiple blogs. Each one is treated as a separate category, and you can assign individual blog posts to a single category. The feature has some limitations (i.e. blog posts can’t belong to multiple categories), so we have suggested a couple of workarounds in the last section. We have also described how to use the tagging system as an alternative means of categorizing blog posts.
If you want greater control over your Shopify blog, including expanded customization options, built-in SEO support, or the option to create blog post templates, we recommend using Bloggle. Sign up for a free 10-day trial and take your Shopify blog to the next level.
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