Category Mapping

Same as with product brands, category mapping is needed to standardize your products catalog. This is used to make sure products from different data feeds fall into the same category tree.

Step 1. Create your categories list

Before you start mapping categories, you need to create your own category list. If you are starting fresh, we recommend to create categories list first in a spreadsheet. Give categories some meaningful names, like:

  • Accessories / Mouses
  • Accessories / Keyboards
  • Computers / Laptops
  • Computers / Desktops
  • ...

Once you know your categories tree, navigate to Data mapping → Category mapper → My categories and click "Add category".

Pop-up will appear, where you can enter two values:

  • ID - identification number of the category. Can be any unique number or text. This will be unique identifier for a category. You will not be able to change this later.
  • Label - enter the name of the category. You will be able to change this later also.

Click "Create" and your new category is saved.

If you have a list of categories from your existing store, you can send us this XLS document to and we will make an import for you to speed up the process.

Step 2. Map categories

Navigate to Data mapping → Category mapper → Supplier categories. Here you will see a list of all categories that WiseXML has found in suppliers feeds. All categories are also split by data sources.

  1. Choose a data source (supplier) tab
  2. Find a category you want to map
  3. Click on Edit icon in the corresponding row and a pop-up will open:

Category mapping

Use Alias field to find your created category in Step 1.

Some product feeds or suppliers have very extensive categories trees. Sometimes it can reach 1000 and more of categories per supplier / data feed. You can use bulk attribute mapper to speed up the process:

  1. Use search field to narrow the categories list
  2. Select desired categories
  3. Choose "Edit" action and click "Submit".

Category bulk mapping

All the selected categories will be mapped at once.

After you are done mapping you will be able to use your categories for product filtering, price margins etc.