Organizing Your Store / Adding A Category

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Everything you need to control the inner workings of your online store is found in your Members Pages. The URL of your members page is:     If you lose your bookmark or you're on another computer, you can always get to your members page from the TIAS main page.  Simply select 'SELL' as an option and then 'Go to my store'.  It is a good idea to bookmark the page in your browser as you will use it often.

The left side of the members page is the menu.  This contains expandable links to access different areas of your account. The right side is your workspace. When you access your members page, you'll be asked for your login and password.  Your login was sent to you via e-mail when you opened your account if you are a MakeAShop dealer. Or provided to you if you have a custom shop or a mall.  Your login name is the same as you email.  So if you have a store named /stores/mystore, you can login as 'mystore' or ''.

This is the system tutorial and you can get to it from your menu.  Its conveniently listed close to the top so it will be easy to find!

If you are on any page and don't know what to do, use the handy little ...displaying orders. icons next to each field.  These appear throughout the system and provide DETAILED help about the feature or field that they appear next to.

All items in your store need to be put in a category.   Categories are used to organize all the items in the main mall showcases where the customers come to see what is new -- the TIAS Collector's showcase, Antique Arts Showcase, the Earthling New and Wonderful! feature and the CollectorOnline Browse / New Just for You area.  Categories are also used to group the items in your store. 

So, before you add any items, you need to define the categories that you will use.  You can always add more later, but you should start with the basic ones that you need.

There are two levels of category management features. Level 1 is the basic level and all you really need to start!  Level 2 has extra features -- the ability to assign customized category names and to put your categories into groups. If you'd like to change levels, click hereYour store is currently set to Level 2.

Level 2 Category Maintenance: 

There are two kinds of categories:

  • TIAS system-wide (showcase) categories that universal throughout TIAS

  • Custom item categories that shop owners can create.

At the beginning level of category maintenance, your shop categories are the same as the system-wide (showcase) categories.  If you've selected Level 2 Category Maintenance, you will be able to create your own category names, have multiple store categories for a system-wide category and to group categories together.   When you select the option for Category Maintenance, you'll see a page that has all your current categories listed:

    You can use the options buttons to change or remove existing custom categories; the options for adding custom categories (either single ones or a large group) appear on the left side menu.

    Creating Categories

    There are two ways to set up categories (Note that you can always use the change category menu option to change the category once it was added -- these decisions are not irrevocable!) 

    1.  Do you need to add all the categories for your store at once? (good choice!)

    You don't have to add all the categories at once, but if you want to, you can use the add multiple categories feature to add a group of categories to your store all at once.   Click here to find out how to add multiple categories.

    2.  Need just one category? Or one with pictures and a description?

    Use the add single category menu option to add one custom category with a high degree of tailoring.   For instance, if you want pictures or text to appear at the top of your category page, you can specify it here.  Note:  if you want this kind of customization on your categories, but you have a lot to add, don't despair!  You can always use the 'change category' feature to add this later! Click here to find out how to add a single category.

    3.  Need to change the information associated with a category or add pictures or a description?

    Use the change category button on your category management page to customize the category -- title, description, match to system category,  add a picture or delete one.  Click here to find out how to change your categories.

    4.  Made an error? Need to get rid of one of those categories?

    Use the remove category button on your category management page to remove any category -- title, description, match to system category,  add a picture or delete one.  Click here to find out how to remove a category.

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