Go to your Members Pages
(http://www.tias.com/members/). If your members page
is not currently displayed, click this link Members
Pages to open it in a new window so you can toggle
back and forth between your maintenance page and this
On the left side menu, click on the link to
"Maintain Categories". You will see a list of
your categories that looks like this:
Find the category you want to change in the list on the right
side of the screen and click on the button to the right of it's name.
You are now looking at the current
information about the category. This page looks like
Id: This is the internal name of the
category and you can not alter it, once you've chosen it.
This really does not matter because it is not visible to
anyone except you.
Title: The title that the customer
sees appears here. To change the category title simply
re-type the information.
Type: Category types are used to
group categories together on the main page of your site (see
example above). Items without a category type are
grouped together and appear first on your main store page.
You can change or remove "type" by retyping or
deleting the information in the Type field.
Icon: You can add a category icon if
you like, or change an existing icon. This is a little picture
that will appear at the top of each category page. Or
you can check the box to remove current icon without uploading
a new image.
System Category: You can
have categories in your store that don't have the same name as
a system category, but you'll need to pick a system-wide
category for it to 'map' to. The system categories have
been carefully defined to match up with the auctions and
search engines. System categories are used by external search
engines, by the TIAS.com showcase and by the
TIAS.com search engine to find products. So it's
very important to choose the MOST ACCURATE SYSTEM CATEGORY for
your item. Many dealers have questioned why an item doesn't
show up in a search they thought it should be listed in, the
answer is almost always that it was listed in the wrong system
The good news is that this is not an
irrevocable decision -- you can always change the system
category that your store category is mapped to. Simply
highlight the category on the list that you want.
Long Description: (Optional): This is the paragraph that
appears on the top of the category page:
You can enter as much text as you wish here, but its not a
good idea to make this extremely long. You want your
customers to start seeing inventory as quickly as possible
when they get to your category pages.
Meta Info: This information is
optional and does not apply to the "Make a Shop"
sites. It is controlled by a preference that is set by the
support department; until the preference is set on, you will
not see this input field.
The meta tags are used by external search engines to find your
page. Your meta tags are generated automatically from
your items and categories. We've put a lot of work into
making sure these are accurate and work well on Google.
If you are absolutely convinced you can do a better job at
this than our engineer who specializes in the field, you can
ask support to turn on the preference that will allow you to
write your own meta tags. Frankly, we don't recommend
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and
click the "Make Changes" button
The final step: After making ANY changes or additions to your
categories, you need to update your store pages by clicking on
the button located at the top left of
your page. Until you do so, your changes won't be