Adding Shopify Collections Within Collections

Learn how to add Shopify sub-collections within collections. A great way to add more products to your store.

Brody Hall
By Brody Hall
Joel Taylor
Reviewed by Joel Taylor

Published May 24, 2022.

Until recently, there was no way to add sub-collections within collections. Thankfully, with a recent Shopify update, that’s now changed. Here we’ll show you how to add sub-categories to your Shopify store.

How to Add Collections Within Collections on Shopify

Once you’ve added collections on Shopify, simply follow these steps to add sub-categories:

  1. From the Shopify Admin page, expand the “Online Store” section under the “Sales Channels” portion of the dashboard menu.
  2. Then click “Navigation” and from this page click on the “Main Menu.
  3. Here you’ll see the different navigation options set up in your store’s navigation bar. You may already have menu items set up, but if you don’t, simply click “Add menu item”, add a name you’d like to use for the item, and select one of the categories you’ve previously set up.
  4. Now, to add a submenu or sub-collection, add another menu item and, using the 6 dots, click and drag the sub-item up underneath another category and slightly to the right. When doing so, you’ll see a purple bar appear with a small dot. If you hold the dragged item in the right spot, the small dot will move slightly to the right, indicating that this sub-category is now a category underneath the main category you’ve chosen.
  5. To finish up, let go of the mouse button to add the sub-category and then click the “Save” button.

To check that this has worked, load the front end of your store and check that the sub-category is now nestled within the main category in your site’s navigation bar.

If you’d like to save the hassle of doing this manually, you can use a third-party app instead. If that’s the case, check out these apps for managing Shopify inventory.

How to Sort Collections on Shopify

To sort collections in Shopify, simply:

  1. Head to the admin and click on “Products” > “Collections
  2. Select a collection
  3. From the Products section, click the drop-down list and select sort order
  4. Click “Manually” and drag the collections around to your liking
  5. Once you’re happy, click “Save

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