Batch-add categories

Batch adding categories

RSDirectory! offers the possibility to add multiple categories at the same time by specifying, if needed, a category tree containing an unlimited number of subcategory levels, greatly improving your workflow by reducing the time required to add each category, should your directory require a large number of categories / subcategories. To trigger this functionality, click on the Batch Add button to the top-left side (Joomla! 3.x). A page similar to the one in the screenshot to the right will be opened:

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Parent: Select a parent (from among the already existing categories) for the category tree that you are about to create. Default: - No parent - .
  • Form: Assign a form to the specified categories. If set to - Inherited -, the categories will inherit the form set for their parent category (if any)
  • Categories: The text area where you need to specify your categories / category tree. Below, you will find an example of a category tree spanning 3 levels: top level, 1st level and 2nd level:
- Computers, Tablets & Networking
-- iPad/Tablet/eBook Readers
-- iPad/Tablet/eBook Accessories
-- Laptops & Netbooks
-- Desktops & All-In-Ones
- Video Games & Consoles
- Books
- Music
- DVDs & Movies

  • The Electronics and Entertainment categories are top-level.
  • Computers, Tablets & Networking and Video Games & Consoles are 1st level, their parents being Electronics and Entertainment (the top-level categories). Note that they are specified in the category tree using a single - (dash) character.
  • The rest of the categories, like iPad/Tablet/eBook Readers or Books, are 2nd level. Their parents are either Computers, Tablets & Networking or Video Games & Consoles. Note that they are specified using 2 - (dash) characters.

By specifying a parent category, in the Parent dropdown, the top-level categories will be rendered as 1st level categories, shifting their children's levels by 1 (level 1 becomes 2, 2 becomes 3, and so on).

Basically, you need to describe the category tree, just as you want it to be generated, by adding each category on a new line and specifying its level using dashes.

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