I’m just starting to think about this too.
I think that Categories could be of greatest benefit to customers browsing your store.
So, for example, let’s say I want to buy a coaster … and I find a store with a few hundred for sale…
I don’t want to browse through all of them if I know that I want a coaster to do with gardening.
If the site is structured so that I can see a category within the coasters to do with Garden, then that’s where I’ll click.
… more likely I’ll see what I am interested in rather more than trying to accurately guess the attribute name that the site owner has used to tag the products.
… now all I have to do is work out how to add a category label to all my products in Magento ;>(
I believe the answer is both. Both attributes AND categories being used together.
So that a customer as Andrew was suggesting above, can navigate down easily and then use attributes in the layered navigation to drill further.
Does that make sense?
So its normal then to enter similar information twice ie once for the attributes and then again for the categories eg i have an attribute called ‘type’ (as in say CPU, harddrive, RAM etc)? I also have categories set up as ‘type’ so im entering the same information twice. Is this normal? PS i dont have my site up and running yet so maybe ill start to see the full benefits of categories later.
Categories will get your customers to the right category of product, for example motherboards over processors and would normally be shown at the top of the website to allow the customer to find the right category of products.
As for entering information twice, yes completely possible if you’re wanting categories to be available for those.
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