Event & Business Categories
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Organizing your Event pages & Business listings with categories & subcategories will make it easier for visitors to find what they're looking. It allows site users to filter events or businesses into smaller groups, while also making it easier for you to manage the information in Spark.
Categories can be either Active or Inactive, which can affect the visibility of connected events and businesses.
Events and Businesses can be associated with multiple categories and subcategories.
Examples: a Harlem Globetrotters performance could be categorized as both a Sporting Event and Family Entertainment. A bar & grill could be both a Restaurant and a Tavern.
Categories are managed among all the other pages of your site. So, in addition to the locations shown below, you'll also see the categories somewhere within your Site Map. The specific location will be unique on your site because these dashboards can be moved from section to section, the same as your dynamic pages.
Events > Categories (don't be surprised when you end up in your Site Map)
Businesses > Categories (don't be surprised when you end up in your Site Map)
The top level of your Event Categories (business categories look the same).
When the icon to the left of the title is a minus (-), the categories appear.
When it's a plus (+), all categories are collapsed. Note the blue arrows
This is a main category which has subcategories collapsed. It appears indented below the top level.
This is a main category which does not have subcategories.
This is a main category with the subcategories visible.
The number of events associated with each category and subcategory is shown here.
Never delete a category which has events associated with it! The events will be removed.
Add a Category
Hover over the Top Level (on Event Categories or Business Categories) and select Add New Category.
In the window which opens, the Category Name is the only required field - but adding the Friendly URL, SEO Title and SEO Description is recommended. These are the same fields detailed in SEO Tools
You have the option of showing or hiding the category to your customers - and if you have Member tools (which may not be included on your site) you can choose the visibility in that section as well.
If the category needs to use subcategories, or if you want to add text and/or image content to the category header, choose Save & Continue.
If you don't need to add subcategories, nor add content to the header, choose Save & Close.
Add a Subcategory
Subcategories provide another layer of organization. If you have a Concert category in your events, it could have subcategories for Rock, Country, Comedy, etc. If you have a Restaurants category in your businesses, it could have subcategories for Seafood, Italian, Mexican, etc.
When a category is created, choosing Save & Continue will refresh the window and display the 'Allow Subcategories' button. It also will add a text editor with the ability to upload an image or video. Anything added to this editor will appear at the top of the category page in your events or businesses. This is commonly used to add information or advertising which is unique for the category.
You can enable subcategories on existing categories by hovering over the category name and choosing Edit. The 'Allow Subcategories' will be available, along with the text editor for the category header.
All categories which have subcategories enabled will always require a subcategory to be selected when new events or businesses are added to the category.