Shopify is well known for being easy to use even if you don’t know the technique or the technology. However, some features will take a while for you to know how to do and easily go wrong if you are inexperienced. Thus, this article will save you time and effort, detailing how to add sub-collections in Shopify for your store.

Sometimes you need to know how to tailor the platform according to our requirements and needs. Sub-collections are things that make your shop different from the other Shopify stores. They are used to organize site structures so that those child collections are nested in parent collections. These child collections are referred to as sub-collections.

Why Need to Add Sub-Collections to the Shopify Store?

There are many reasons that you should create Shopify nested collections. The first is the creation of a sub-collection that helps your website to increase UX and improve UI. In other words, it is easier and more convenient for customers to shop on your website. They don’t need to spend too much time on the item they are looking for. From there, you will have more customers, and of course, you will increase revenue and conversion rates by optimizing the user experience.

Moreover, creating Shopify sub-collections or Shopify sub-categories is quite simple; after the detailed tutorial of this article, We believe you will be able to do it yourself without spending too much time and effort.

Here are 3 ways you can add a sub-collection to the Shopify store, but before we get started, let’s create a collection tree to understand the overall structure of the entire site.

Use Link Lists to Create a Collection Tree Before Add in Shopify

Before creating sub-collections, to ensure that you understand the desired structure, let’s create a collection tree using link lists.

Here is what your categories and subcategories will be like:

Use link lists to create a collection tree before you start

One thing that is especially important when creating a Shopify sub-collection is handling parent categories, in other words, large and major categories.

The principle of creating subcategories for the collection tree is quite simple; you only need to do two basic steps: create all parent categories, then create a hierarchy using the navigation linked list. Specific work will be:

  • Create all collections, then create the hierarchy with a navigation link list.
  • Next, Create a new collection and take note of the collection handle (parent collection).
  • Then, create all your sub-collections as standard Shopify collections.
  • The next step you need to do is go to the navigation page in Shopify and create a new linked list.
  • Give it a related name and provide a handle that corresponds to the parent collection. (TIP: You can prepend the handle with a “collection-“ so that you don’t deal with namespaces in the future. For Example: “collection-food.”
  • Finally, Add all your sub-collections to the list.

Add all your sub-collections to the list

Shopify does not impose any restrictions on adding or creating sub-categories. So you can create anything in any way you want, depending on the quality of the product and how your website is designed. You can also choose to add sub-categories manually or add them according to specific criteria.

Since there are no rules and restrictions in place, you can name your Shopify sub-collections whenever a new variation of a product is available and decide its order easily. And you have finally finished creating your sub-categories and can start adding them to the Shopify store.

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How to Create Sub-Collections in Shopify

This article will summarize the 2 most popular and easiest ways to create sub-collections for you. Each method will have its pros and cons; read and choose the one that best suits you.

How to create Shopify sub-collections?

#1. Create Shopify sub-collections via the navigation menu

The first and also the simplest way doesn’t require you to know any techniques. All you have to do is just a few clicks, and you will have Shopify nested collections as you like.

With the admin panel, you can easily change the website’s structure and its visual appearance. Go to the “Navigation” section and perform these actions.

To make the changes, you should take the following steps:

Step 1: Log in to your Shopify store

First, log into the Shopify store with your credentials.

Step 2: Click on the “Navigation”

After successfully logging in, click on the “Online Store” > “Navigation” section.

Online Store and Navigation section

Step 3: Click on “Add menu”

There are two cases in this step:

If you have already created the menu option, you can edit it and skip this step. In this case, all you need to do is click on it and go to the menu editing page.

If you don’t yet have the main menu, your first step is to create it. To do this, you need to click on the “Add menu“.

add sub collection in shopify - add menu

Step 4: Add Titles & menu items

In step 4, you need to add menu collections. First, you give it a “Title” for your menu. Then click “Add menu item” and select the required collection. Here’s how you create a parent collection.

add sub collection in shopify - Add Titles & menu items

Add collections

Step 5: Add more collections

After creating the parent collection, you should add the sub-collections you planned to in the collection tree.

Add collections

Step 6: Drag the Shopify sub-collections

To turn the collections you just added into sub-collections, drag them with your mouse and nest them into the parent collections in the correct order as the collection tree.

Drag the Shopify sub-collections

Step 7: Save the menu

And finally, you need to save all the operations performed by clicking on the “Save menu.”

Save the menu - add sub collection in shopify

Pros: Quick and easy. You can create menu items and nest necessary collections instead of creating a parent collection.

Cons: There are certain limits; it is difficult to expand opportunities when it comes to sub-categories creation.

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#2. Create a subcollection list on your collection pages with your theme

In this section, we will learn how to add a Shopify subcollection list on your collection pages within a theme. In this guide, we are using the Eurus Shopify theme. 

Step 1: Go to ‘Customize Theme

First, navigate to ‘Online Store‘ section, then head to ‘Themes‘. Here, you move to the theme you use and click on ‘Customize’ to customize the theme.

Go to 'Customize Theme' add subcollections in shopify

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Step 2: Choose ‘Collections‘ page

In the header menu, choose ‘Collections‘ in the dropdown. Then choose ‘Default collection‘ template or any collection page you want. 

Choose 'Collections' page - add subcollection in shopify

If you want to create a new collection template, click ‘Create template‘. Enter the name for the new collection template and click ‘Create template’.

create new collection template - add subcollection in shopify

Step 3: Add ‘Collection list‘ section

In the Template part, choose Add section > Collection list.

Add 'Collection list' section

Step 4: Choose ‘Collections‘ appeared in the ‘Collection list

1. Change the ‘Collection heading‘.

2. In the Collection list section, you can choose the number of columns to show collections, such as 3, 4, 5,…

choose the number of columns to show collections

3. Click ‘Save‘.

4. Then you choose which collection will be displayed in the collection list. Click Collection > Select Collection > Choose Collection you want > Select > Save.

choose which collection will be displayed in the collection list

Step 5: Move the new Collection list to the section you want in the storefront. Then ‘Save‘.

Move Collection list to the section you want

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This article has compiled and provided tips on the three most popular ways to create sub-collections for Shopify stores. Please read carefully the instructions and the pros and cons of each to choose the method that suits you best.

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