Once you have added some individual products to your store, it is likely you will want to categorise these in some way, organising them into groups.
If you are a clothing store, you may sell many different types of apparel, such as hoodies, socks, jeans, gloves, hats, tees and so on. You could create a collection for each of the above.
The more items you offer, the more important it is that your products remain easy to find, both for your customers and yourself.
Collections can be linked to on your storefront so they display a certain number of products (with product images), from that collection, or you could add a simpler, text link, in your footer, for example.
What is a collection and how do I make one?
Here is a list of the most salient points about collections:
- Collections are a group of individual products.
- A single product can be featured in multiple collections across your site (multiple versions of this product are not required in your admin).
- Collections and the products they contain are not controlled by the theme. This is dictated by the Shopify platform.
- Collections can be either manual or automatic.
- Manual: help.shopify.com/manual/products/collections/manual-shopify-collection
- Automatic: help.shopify.com/manual/products/collections/automated-shopify-collection
Here is Shopify’s guide on creating a collection:
How can I display or link to my collections on my storefront?
Here are two examples of how you can display your collections on your storefront.
The first example is a text link in the footer:
If you need help with setting up footer links, there is a great resource available here:
Here is a more visual representation of your collection, using the “featured collection” section:
More info is available on specific sections and their options here:
If a collection has no products added to it, the Shopify platform will display placeholder images instead, with a price of £19.99, like this:
Once your collection page link is clicked on, regardless of visual format, your customers will be taken through to your products contained within that collection, which you previously grouped together in the admin area.
What control do I have over my collection page layout?
To view your collection page, head here:
- Online store > Themes > Customise
- Select 'Collection pages' from the page selector dropdown:
- Select 'Collection pages' from the left-hand settings panel:
To display the collection's image at the top of the page, check the "Show collection image" option. You can then enable the parallax effect and define the size of the image below. Please note: the parallax effect will only work if the collection image size is not set to "Original".
Show collection description
When you uncheck this option, the collection description will be hidden.
If you'd like your collection page to be filterable, check the Enable 'Filter' option. The results can then be narrowed down by tags.
Enable and manage sort menu
Manage your sort menu by navigating to Collection pages > Collection pages:
Here you can enable or disable the menu first of all:
But moreover, you will be able to control exactly which sort options you'd like to include in the menu:
Enable quick view
This displays a “shop now” button on image hover:
When the button is clicked, a drawer with product overview is shown.
Note - this option only affects desktop, as it's not possible to 'hover' over a product on mobile.
Enable hover effect
Shows your products' second image on hover:
Toggle between hidden and visible:
Toggle whether the auto-height feature is enabled or disabled.
This setting uses advanced CSS to provide enhanced visual consistency and continuity.
Whilst this setting can tidy up your images and attempt the unify the way they are displayed, the only true way of aligning your images is to keep them consistent in aspect ratio by cropping correctly before uploading to the Shopify admin area.
Toggle between hidden and visible.
You will need to install Shopify's Product Reviews app before enabling this option: