Automated collections

An automated collection uses selection conditions to automatically include matching products.

You define the conditions in the Conditions section. You can create as many selection conditions as you like, and you can also specify whether products must meet all conditions or any condition to be included in the collection.

If you want to choose specific products for a collection, then you can create a manual collection instead.

Note

You can't change a manual collection into an automatic collection. Instead, add a tag to the products in your manual collection. Then create a new automated collection and set that tag as a condition. After you set up the automated collection, you can delete the original manual collection.

Create an automated collection

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products, then click Collections (or press G P C):

    Click Products then Collections

  2. Click Create collection.

  3. Complete the following information:

    • Title Give your collection a title, for example, Womenswear. You need to enter a title to save the collection.
    • Description Enter a description for your collection. This will be visible when your collection is displayed on your website.
  4. Click Upload image to add an image for the collection.

  5. In the Conditions section, click Automatically select products based on conditions.

  6. Set your automated selection conditions using the drop-down lists:

    Collection select products new
  7. Click Save. Products matching the conditions will automatically be added to the collection. You can change the display order of the products.

  8. You can see a preview of how the collection will display in search results in the Search engine listing preview section:

    Collection seo new
    If you want to edit this information, then click Edit website SEO:
    Edit seo new

  1. In the Sales channels section, set your collection visibility preferences. The visibility options you see depend on your active sales channels.

    If you don't want your collection to display on your online store right away, then you can set a date for future publishing. Learn more about future publishing.

  2. If you've created alternate templates for collections in the past, then you'll see a Template section where you can choose a template.

  3. Click Save.

Set or change selection conditions

To set or change your selection conditions:

  1. Find the Conditions section of your collection information page.

    If you're adding this collection for the first time, then the Conditions section looks like this:

    New first time auto

    If the collection's already been saved, then you won't see the options for choosing manual or automatic selection. Your Conditions section will show the conditions that are set:

    New current selection conditions
  2. Define your collection's conditions. In general, you define conditions by:

    • choosing an option from the first drop-down list
    • choosing a condition from the second drop-down list
    • providing information in the third field.

You can use any of the following criteria:

Define selection conditions based on product title, type, or vendor

  1. In the Conditions section, click the first drop-down list and select from the condition types:

    • Product title
    • Product type
    • Product vendor.
  2. Use the remaining two fields to complete the condition:

    Choose a condition from the second drop-down In the third field...
    is equal to Enter any product title, type, vendor, or variant title in full.
    is not equal to Items that match the value you enter will be excluded from this collection.
    starts with Type a beginning word or phrase from your product titles, types, vendors, or variant titles.
    ends with Type a concluding word or phrase from your product titles, types, vendors, or variant titles.
    contains Enter any word that appears in some of your product titles, types, vendors, or variant titles.
    does not contain Entering any word or phrase from a product title, type, vendor, or variant title will exclude it from this collection.

Define selection conditions based on variant title

Variant titles are derived from the option values of the variant, separated by spaces and / characters. For example, if your product has size and color options, then one of the variants might be called Small/Blue.

Note

Make sure to include the spaces around the / when you enter variant titles.

To create conditions based on variant titles:

  1. In the Conditions section, click the first drop-down list, and then select Variant's title.

  2. Set a specific selection condition:

    Choose a condition from the second drop-down In the third field...
    is equal to Enter a variant title in this format: option-value / option-value / option-value....
    is not equal to Items that match the value you enter will be excluded from this collection.
    starts with Not recommended.
    ends with Not recommended.
    contains Enter any variant option value.
    does not contain Entering a variant option will exclude it from this collection.

Define conditions based on variable values such as product price, compare at price, weight, or inventory stock

You can set conditions to match:

Set threshold values in selection conditions

To select products at, above, or below a certain price, compare at price, weight, or stock level:

  1. In the Conditions section, click the first drop-down list, and then select one of the following condition types:

    • Product price
    • Compare at price
    • Weight
    • Inventory stock (variants with untracked stock levels are ignored)
  2. Use the remaining two fields to complete the condition:

    Choose a condition from the second drop-down In the third field...
    is equal to Enter the value you want to match.
    is not equal to Items that match the value you enter will be excluded from this collection.
    is greater than Enter a value just below the minimum that you want to match.
    is less than Enter a value just above the highest value that you want to match.

Use conditions to select a range of values

To select products or variants in a certain range of price, compare at price, weight, or stock level, you'll need to set conditions for each end of the range:

  1. In the Conditions section, click the first drop-down list, and then select one of the following condition types:

    • Product price
    • Compare at price
    • Weight
    • Inventory stock (variants with untracked stock levels are ignored.)
  2. Use the remaining two fields to complete the condition:

    Choose a condition from the second drop-down In the third field...
    is equal to Enter the value you want to match.
    is not equal to Items that match the value you enter will be excluded from this collection.
    is greater than Enter a value just below the minimum that you want to match.
    is less than Enter a value just above the highest value that you want to match.
  3. Click Add another condition and repeat the process, but set a condition for the other end of the range.

  4. Make sure the all conditions checkbox is selected so that both conditions are matched.

Define selection conditions based on product tags

Use this type of condition to select products according to their tags:

  1. Click Product tag in the first drop-down.

  2. Click is equal to in the second drop-down.

  3. Type a product tag into the third field. Make sure the spelling is an exact match for the tag you want to select.

Examples of product selection conditions

Take a look at the automatic product selection conditions in the table. They illustrate the most common types of selection condition that you'll need to set.

Conditions Result
Match product title new
Pulls any product named Hand-painted figurine into the collection.
Limited edition new
Selects all products whose titles end with the phrase Limited edition.
Variant option new
Selects all variants with an option value of cotton.
Match product type new
Matches any product whose type is Bags.
Match product vendor new
Groups together all the products sourced from a company called Heavenly Foods.
Price less than new
Selects products or variants priced $100 or less.
Select price range new
Selects products within a price range of $50-$150.
Select by tag new
Selects all products tagged with accessories.

Set multiple selection conditions

You can be precise about which products are added to a collection by setting multiple conditions, but you need to decide whether a product needs to match all or any of the conditions you set to be added to the collection.

All or any new

For example, suppose you set these conditions:

  • Product tag is equal to T-shirt
  • Product price is less than $100

You can select all conditions to include only the products that match all the selection conditions, or else select any conditions to include products that match at least one of the selection conditions. The table shows the results that you can expect for this example.

Products must match: Result:
all conditions Products are selected only if they are tagged T-shirt and are priced at less than $100.
any conditions Products are selected if they are tagged T-shirt or if they cost less than $100. This means that your collection would contain every product priced below $100 as well as any product tagged T-shirt.

When should I select any condition?

Typically, you'd select any condition when you want to add different categories of product to a single collection. Suppose, for example, that you've created a collection called Footwear. Any of the conditions shown here would apply when selecting products for this collection:

Match any condition new

You wouldn't choose all conditions in this example, because all the conditions could be met only for products tagged with all three tags.

Change the contents of an automatic collection

You can change the contents of an automatic collection by:

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