How to Create Collections in Shopify

Woman organizing shop inventory. Create Collections in Shopify.

In your Shopify shop, you want to make sure you keep your products organized so that shoppers can easily find the goodies they want to purchase. One of the easiest ways to organize your products is by creating Collections (you can think of it as a category page) in your shop.

A collection is a way we can group specific products in your shop so that it’s easy for customers to browse for what they are searching for. Let’s say your online shop sells clothing — to organize your products you could then create collections for dresses, jeans, outerwear, etc. This way when someone is browsing your products they can click on a collection and see similar items.

You can also create collections for seasonal items. Let’s say in this example you sell handmade candles and launch a seasonal line every few months. You can then create a collection for your upcoming season line up as a way to categorize those items.

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Automated Collections vs Manual Collections

Shopify offers two different types of collections — either Automated or Manual. Both have their pros and cons so let’s discuss!

First we have Automated Collections. With automated collections, you can set specific conditions that need to be met for a product to then automatically be added to this collection. For example, let’s say you want to create a collection that will only feature products under $50. With an Automated Collection you can set up the condition that a product must be under $50 to qualify for this collection. If the product meets the requirement it automatically gets added to that collection.

You can also set up multiple conditions. Now let’s say that you only want dresses that are under $50 in this new collection. You would set the conditions that the product must be tagged with “dress” (you of course need to make sure the products are tagged for this rule to apply) and that the price is $50 and under. With these settings you will then have a collection that only features products that meet both conditions.

The other option we have is creating Manual Collections, this means that you add each item that appears in this collection manually. I usually prefer having collections set up this way as it gives you the freedom of selecting what item goes where. With this option you just create the collection and you can then go back and add the products you want to go in the collection.

Keep in mind that when you create a collection, either Automated or Manual, you can’t change it to the other option once it’s saved. To change an Automated Collection to a Manual Collection (or vice-versa) you can just delete the collection and recreate it. 

How to Create Collections in Shopify

On your Shopify dashboard to go Products >> select Collections >> and then select Create Collection. In this new page we will go ahead and create our new collection by filling out each section. Some of these sections are optional but we recommend adding as much information as possible.

  • Title: In this field you will enter the name of your collection.
  • Description: Here you can include a short description of what shoppers will find here when browsing the shop. This is optional, but we would suggest including a short description as it can be beneficial for your shop’s SEO. Depending on the theme that you are using, this will appear under the Collection’s name within the shop.
  • Collection Availability: Select what sales channel(s) you want your new collection featured in. Right now in this shop we only have Online Store — but you might see other options such as POS, Pinterest, or Facebook here.
    • Schedule Availability: If you want to prepare your collection ahead of time, you can schedule the date you want to publish it in the shop. That way you can have your collections prepared ahead of time.
  • Collection Image: Drag and drop a photo that will be used within the collection page of your shop. If you have a Collection section on your homepage, you will also see this image here.
  • Collection Type: Here you select whether you want to create an Automated or Manual Collection. In the next section we’ll cover this in further detail.

Selecting the Collection Type

Now that we got the basic settings completed — let’s discuss selecting and setting a Collection Type.

Let’s first start with creating an Automated Collection so we can go over all the different conditions available for this format.

First we have to create the different conditions we want met. This is how Shopify will know how to sort out the items in this collection. We have the option of including up to 60 different conditions.

Collection type settings available when creating a new collection in Shopify

Collection Type: Selecting Manual vs Automated

Here you will select whether you want to create an Automated or Manual collection.

If you select Manual then your work is done here — as with a Manual collection you don’t have to set any conditions. You would just save your changes. Once it’s saved you can go back within this page and in the new Products section you will search for the products you want to add to this collection. You can also add products to a collection when editing your products in the All Products section of your dashboard.

If you select Automated you would now set up the Conditions section.

In the Products Must Match section you can choose that all conditions must be met or that any condition must be met.

Let’s say we have two conditions. When you select all conditions this means that Condition 1 AND Condition 2 must apply to the product. With any condition setting, this means that a product needs to meet Condition 1 OR Condition 2.

Next up we have the 3 fields where we are going to set up our condition.

Select Product Condition

In the first drop down you will have the option to select what is being required. Shopify offers the following options

  • Product Title
  • Product Type
  • Product Vendor
  • Product Price
  • Product Tag
  • Compare at Price
  • Weight
  • Inventory Stock
  • Variant’s Title

Remember that the option you select must be something that is already set within your products. For instance, if you select Product Tag, then for the automated collection to work you must tag your products with the required condition.

Now in the second drop down you will select how a product needs to match the condition value. You might not always have all these conditions available depending what you first select.

  • is equal to
  • is not equal to
  • is greater than
  • is less than
  • starts with
  • ends with
  • contains
  • does not contain
  • is not empty
  • is empty

For the final field, you will enter the value. Here are a few examples and how to achieve them:

All Products Under $50:

  • Product Price
  • is less than
  • $50.01

All Purple or Blue Products: Here we will add 2 conditions and select the any condition option so that products only have to meet 1 condition to qualify.

  • Product tag
  • is equal to
  • Purple
  • Product tag
  • is equal to
  • Blue

All Dresses Under $100: Here we will add 2 conditions and select the all conditions option so that products have to meet both conditions to qualify.

  • Product Price
  • is less than
  • $100.01
  • Product tag
  • is equal to
  • Dress

After selecting your conditions Save your settings and scroll back down to the Products section to see the items that have been added to your Automated Collection.

Extra Tip

When you are done with setting up your collection make sure to select how you want your products to be sorted. Within the Products box you will see the Sort drop down. The default option will be Best Selling, but you can select any of these options available. I personally like to select Newest so it shows the new products first.

SEO Settings for Collections

Within your new collection you can scroll down and look over the Search Engine Listing Preview section.

Here you will see how your collection will appear in search results. Make sure that your title, url and description are SEO friendly. To make any changes you can click on Edit Website SEO.

Deleting a Collection

Now that you know how to create new collections, we wanted to show you how to delete them. When a collection is deleted, it will be removed from the shop but the products will still be available on your main shop page or any other collections that they are in.

Remember to always redirect your deleted collections. You can check out our How to Create a URL Redirect in Shopify tutorial to learn how to do this.

Click on the collection you want to delete. Scroll down and select Delete Collection. Confirm that you are deleting this collection. Once deleted it will no longer come up in your shop.


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