Manual collections

A manual collection includes the specific products you choose. The collection will always contain the same products unless you add or remove them.

Note

You can't change an automatic collection to a manual collection. Instead, create a new manual collection and add the products you want.

Create a manual collection

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products, and then click Collections.

  2. Click Create collection.

  3. The Create collection page opens. In the Collection details section, complete the following information:

    • Title Give your collection a title, for example, Womenswear. You need to add a title to save the collection.
    • Description Type a description for your collection. This will be visible when your collection is displayed on your website.
  4. Click Choose image to upload one of your own images for your collection.

  5. In the Select products section, click Manually select products:

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  6. Click Save collection.

  7. The Products section updates. Click Add products.

  8. In the Add products drop-down list, click each product that you want to add to your collection.

    Note

    You can't add individual product variants to a manual collection. If you want to add a single variant of a product, then you'll need to add that variant as a separate product first. When you've done this, it will appear in the drop-down list.

  9. As the products are added, they're sorted alphabetically by default. To change the order in which the collection's contents are displayed on your online store, click the drop-down list next to Sort.

  10. Click an option to choose a sort order. If you choose to sort Manually, you can click any of the products shown to drag it to a new position in the list.

  11. In the Search engine listing preview section, you'll see a preview of how your collection might appear within a search engine. This generates automatically based on the entries you made in the Collection details section.

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    If you want to edit this information, click Edit website SEO:
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  1. In the Sales channels section, set your collection's visibility preferences. The visibility options you see depend on your active sales channels.

    You can also set a specific publish date (known as future publishing) for online collections, if you don't want your collection to appear on your website right away. Learn more about future publishing.

  2. If you've created alternate templates for collections in the past, you'll see a Template section where you can choose a template. If you have no alternate templates for collections, the default collection template is used and you won't see this section.

  3. To add your new collection, click Save.

What to do next

At this stage, your customers won't be able to find your collection unless you give them the specific URL. If you want visitors to be able to discover your new collection when browsing, then you need to add a link to it from your website navigation.

Add products to a single manual collection

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products, and then click Collections.

  2. In the Products section, click Add products.

  3. In the Add products drop-down list, click each product that you want to add to your collection.

Add a product to existing collections from its details page

You can add a product to one or more existing manual collections from its details page.

To add a product to a collection:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products.

  2. Click the product that you want to add to a collection.

  3. In the Collections section, search for and select one or more existing collections.

  4. Click Save to add the product to all the selected collections.

Add individual variants to a manual collection

You can't add individual product variants to a manual collection directly. If you don't want to include all a product's variants, you'll need to add the variants as separate products. When you've done this, each variant will appear in the drop-down list, and you'll be able to choose which ones to add to your collection.

If you expect to be adding a lot of individual variants, it's probably quicker to set up an automatic collection. You'll then be able to set selection conditions for variants, based on the variant's title.

Remove products from a manual collection

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products, and then click Collections.

  2. Click the name of the collection you want to update:

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  3. In the Products section, click the x beside every product that you want to delete from your collection. This doesn't delete the product from your Shopify admin.

  4. When you've finished deleting products, click Save.

Note

You can't remove products this way if your collection is set to add products automatically. Instead, you'll need to edit the unwanted product so that it doesn't meet the selection conditions, or change the automatic selection conditions themselves.

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