Shopify webstores offer a remarkable way to start a business that has the capability to sell hundreds of items. However, sometimes the store’s success relies on understanding how the platform works. Merchants find it easy to build a shop, but have great pain selling their products due to careless navigation setup. That is why one of the most confusing and misleading topics for ecommerce enthusiasts is organizing and managing Shopify Sub Collections.

The Shopify platform is a place where it is simple to attach numerous products under collections, but when it comes to sub-divisions within them, many issues occur. Let's examine whether it is possible to create some sort of taxonomy in your collections, allowing to organize the items the way you see them.

Shopify collections page: the main unit of your store

As a Shopify merchant, you are free to showcase different collections for your customers. What does this mean? A collection is a group of products displayed on a web page that share some common feature. So there may be numerous collections in your shop, including:

  • Products by season
  • Products by type
  • Products by color
  • Discounted products
  • Products by gender



Add the products you wish and display them as galleries with clickable images.

However, it is not possible to create Shopify collections within collections with the click of a button. One has to make use of the built-in navigation system in the admin. The system manages product tags and link lists. Therefore, if you want to organize your collections within collections of higher ranks, you will have to run changes in the Shopify theme you use. This allows one to add several levels of collections to one web page.

Shopify collections within collections: what is the right way to build them?

First, you have to keep in mind that different collections can include the same products. For example, you can include a model of jeans into various sections ranging from “on sale” to “women’s clothes”. To do this, you will have to do a lot of planning for future Shopify sub collections within collections.



Determine the draft subdivisions and implement them carefully: choose the top collection and collections of a lower level. Let’s call them categories and subcategories, respectfully.

Do I need any knowledge of coding?

Second, it is crucial to come to terms with the theme you use and check if it allows the creation of product subsets. You will make many changes in the theme code in the admin of your Shopify storefront. The changes will affect the way your products are organized on one page. Such organization resembles “nested” collections that include sub collections – quite popular within other ecommerce platforms like Shopify.

Hire a developer or add changes to the theme code by yourself, creating link lists and products tags.

What are the link lists?

Link lists are the proper way to point out different levels of collections on Shopify. Create the top collection in the admin and start adding link lists in the Navigation/Add a link list section. After that, you are free to add any number of links for sub collections.



Users can navigate through your collections easily once you add product tags in the admin.

What are the product tags?

The division into categories on Shopify does not create a straightforward hierarchy of collections.



Your products can belong to different sub collections or categories, not resembling a folder where a single copy of an item is stored. That is why the navigation system offers product tags. They can be attached to various items included into a Shopify collections page. Product tags correspond to each sub collection or a collection.

Why use sub collections on a Shopify page?

Shopify is a great platform for displaying your products using the best visuals. However, when you need to improve the navigation of your website and introduce a hierarchy, some pitfalls may occur. The platform does not provide a “nested” organization of your collections. Though there is a way to improve user experience by attaching product tags and using a limited working knowledge of how to code.

Create the best shopping experience for prospective clients by managing your collections wisely! Divide the inventory into top collections and sub collections with accurate list links and product tags. Your customers will love the simple, user-intuitive shopping on your website and return for more purchases over time!