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Hide category thumbnails

Instant Site is a free one-page website builder included in all the Netcash Shop plans. By default, all categories and sub-categories you create for your online store will appear in the main navigation menu, as well as thumbnails on both the home page and the category landing pages as seen in the examples to follow.

Category Hierarchy

When creating your categories you need to understand the category hierarchy. Category hierarchy’s are split into layers made up of the Parent Category, and Sub-categories.

We refer to the Parent Category as layer 1 (L1) and the Sub-Categories as Layers 2, 3, 4 and so on. (L2, L3, L4 and so on).

An example of a basic category hierarchy can be seen below:

The Department or Parent Category (L1) is displayed on your Instant Site home page as your main category menu (indicated inside the blue border below). The category menu should always be present regardless of where your customer is in the shopping journey so that they can easily navigate to a specific department. By default, the category menu will be duplicated and visible as category boxes on the main home page of your Instant Site (indicated inside the green border below).

The same applies for sub-categories, you will see the sub-category blocks on the category landing page.

Image: category blocks on storefront home page
Image: sub-category blocks on category landing page

Change the Category Name Position

You can update the design settings of the default theme to change the way your category blocks are displayed on your store front. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Netcash Shop admin panel > Configuration > Design
  • Step 2: Scroll down to Category name position
  • Step 3: Choose from the available options

You can choose where to display the category name, or choose to display the category name or image only, and the category preview allows you to see how your selection would look on your storefront:

Create a new CSS Theme

If you choose to hide the category and subcategory thumbnails and keep the navigation menu only, you can do so by creating a custom CSS theme.

Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Netcash Shop admin panel > Configuration > Design
  • Step 2: Scroll down to Create your CSS theme
  • Step 3: Click Create Theme
  • Step 4: Click Add New CSS Theme
  • Step 5: Give the new theme a name
  • Step 6: Copy the code below and paste it in the field:
Image: paste code and save
  • Step 7: Change the Status and Activate
  • Step 8: Save
Image: category blocks are hidden, main navigation remains visible
Image: Sub-categories are hidden and no longer visible on the category landing page
Please note: customers will not be able to access the sub-categories. We suggest you hide the root category thumbnails only and keep the category menu and the sub-category thumbnails.

To hide the root category thumbnails from your storefront, follow the same steps as above, and use this code instead:

Add the code, activate the theme and save. You will now see that your root category clocks do not show on your home page, but when you click through to a category landing page, the sub-category thumbnails are visible.

Image: Sub-category thumbnails are visible on the category landing page