What are Product Categories?
Many photographers will often split up their products & services between "Residential" and "Commercial" categories as an example. Product categories can be created to manage the products that are displayed on custom order forms.
When should Product Categories be used?
Product categories should be used if you have multiple order forms (like a residential and commercial order form for example) to segment the products that have been categorized and set to display on its corresponding order form.
Let's walk through an example. I have three order forms that I need to segment my product list to show only the products with the appropriate category set for it. Let's say we have an HDR Photography created already and we want to set a product category for it. Open the product, scroll down to the categories section and select Manage Categories located within that section. Here is where you can create and manage your product categories.
Note: if you delete a category, it will no longer be associated any products.
I have created three categories; Residential, Commercial, and Vacation / Rental Property. Click the X at the top right when you are finished to save your categories. Back on the HDR Photography Product Page, let's set this product category for my "Real Estate" Order Form and save.
Success. Now, let's go to our Residential Order Form in Aryeo and click the edit button. Scroll down to the categories section and select Restrict order form to display specific product category(s) . For this example, we want Real Estate. After adjusting our settings, click update categories.
Save & Exit and that's it! The HDR Photography product we just created will only be available to book from the Real Estate Order form.
In the situation where you have the same product but it is priced differently for multiple order forms using the Duplicate Product option can save you a ton of time! Let's say I have a twilight product that is exactly the same, but priced different for Commercial so we have to recreate the product and set the category to "Commercial". Instead of going through the hassle of building a new product from scratch, use the Duplicate Button within the original product section.
Once you are in the duplicate Products edit page, set the Category to "Commercial" and save!