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Create a manual collection

On ShopBase, you can create a collection and select each item to be included in the collection manually. This gives you extensive control over which items are included in the collection. However, if the collection has too many items, manual handling takes a lot of time. You can also refer to this article on how to create automatic collections. In this article, we will show you how to create manual collections.

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A. Manually create a collection
B. Create a manual collection for the campaign using the Bulk Duplicate feature
C. Create a manual collection when importing campaigns via a CSV file

A. Manually create a collection.



From your ShopBase admin, go to Products > Collections and click on Create collection.


You will be directed to Create collection page.


In which:

Title: Enter a name of the collection.
Description: Write the collection description.
Collection type: select Manual to manually pick the products in the collection.
Collection visibility: Tick Show on Collection List page if you want to display this collection in the collection list.
Collection image: Choose a profile picture for the collection. Drag the photo you want to represent the collection from your device and drop it into the Drop an image to upload box, or click on the box to select one from your device.
Add collection to navigation: Click the menu you want to display the collection in. Choose Select menu to pick the menu from the drop-down list. Click Edit navigation to move on to menu edit page.
Product thumbnail: Set up which product image will be shown as its thumbnail on the collection page. Please refer to this article for more information on how to set up.
Search engine listing preview: Edit collections displayed on search bar by clicking on Edit website SEO. Edit the collection title displayed on search engines in the Page title field (up to 70 characters), edit the collection description displayed on search engines in the Meta description field (up to 320 characters), edit the link of the collection in the URL and handle field

After creating a manual collection, you can't change its type from manual to an automatic one.

Click Save to create your collection.

Then, in the Products section, click on Add product.


In the dialog, search for the product you want to add to your collection in the Search for products field and tick the products you want to include in the collection. Once you have selected all products in your collection, click Save.


You can sort the display order of the products in the collection by clicking Product title A-Z and select the order in which the products in the collection will appear: Product title A-Z, Product title Z-A, Highest price, Lowest price, Newest, Oldest, Manual.


In Manual, you can click and drag the products to freely rearrange its order.


Click Save once finished.

There is no limit to adding products to a collection; however, for smooth store operation, a maximum of 10,000 products can be displayed in the storefront collection.

To ensure that a product appear on the Collection page, please select the Product availability on Online store listing pages option on the Product detail page.

B. Create a manual collection for the campaign using the Bulk Duplicate feature



Navigate to the campaign you want to bulk duplicate and click on Bulk Duplicate.

If you're using ShopBase (PrintHub), go to Apps > PrintHub > Campaigns > In the desired product you wish to duplicate, hover to Bulk duplicate.


If you're using PlusBase, go to POD Products > All campaigns > In the desired product you wish to duplicate, hover to Bulk duplicate.


If you're using PrintBase, go to Campaigns > All Campaigns > In the desired product you wish to duplicate, hover to Bulk duplicate.


Quickly create a collection while manually uploading artwork



During the process of uploading your artwork, you have the option to create a manual collection based on the image file names. Please refer to this article for more details on how to manually upload artwork for bulk duplicating campaigns.


In the uploading popup, when the image file name follows the format [Collection_ABC]Demo.png, the system will automatically generate a manual collection named ABC. Additionally, the duplicated campaign named Demo will be included in this collection.

If the collection does not already exist, the system will create a new collection and place the duplicated campaign within it. However, if the collection already exists, the system will add the duplicated campaign to the pre-existing collection.

For example: if the artwork file name is [Collection_PlusBase]Demo.png, a manual collection named PlusBase will be created (provided no existing PlusBase collection in the store), and the campaign will be titled Demo.


Quickly create a collection while importing artwork through a CSV file



Use the Collection field in the CSV file as a template to speed up the collection creation process. Click here for more details on bulk duplication via CSV file, including file template.


While preparing the CSV file, input the collection name into the Collection column.


If the collection name has not been created before, the system will create a new collection and add the campaign to the new collection. If the collection name has already existed, the system will add the campaign to the existing collection.

For the same campaign (same handle & title), ensure that all lines must be filled with the same collection name.



C. Create a manual collection when import campaigns by a CSV file



You can also generate a manual collection while importing campaigns using a CSV file. For more information about the campaign import process, please visit this article.


In the Collection column, input the desired name for your manual collection.


If the collection name has not been created before, the system will generate a new collection and add the campaign to it. If the collection name already exists, the system will include the campaign in the pre-existing collection.

For the same campaign (same handle & title), ensure that all lines must be filled with the same collection name.





Overview of Collection
Create an automated collection
Edit a collection
Remove products from manually created collections
Delete a collection
Bulk duplicate a POD campaign
Import campaigns through a CSV file

Updated on: 07/02/2024

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