Finding Bigcommerce Category Names and ID Numbers

To create listings on Bigcommerce through Solid Commerce, you need to provide categories for your products. This article shows you how to find your Bigcommerce names and ID numbers.

 

What we'll cover:

  1. Finding Category Names
  2. Finding Category ID Numbers Through Bigcommerce's User Interface
  3. Finding Category ID Numbers in Bigcommerce's XML Code Through a Web Browser Window
  4. Related Articles

Finding Category Names

Inputting category names into the bigc category Product Attribute field is a simple way to manage your listings.

To find your Category Names:

1) Log into your Bigcommerce webstore's admin panel.

2) In the Products menu -> Product Categories. Your categories will load.

IMPORTANT!
If your store has multiple subcategories with the same name, you need to provide Solid Commerce with the category ID numbers instead of the category names. If you provide the name, we will only list your items to the first subcategory with that name.

EXAMPLE: You have two parent categories named Electric and Acoustic. Both categories have a subcategory named Guitars. When you populate the Solid Commerce Product Attribute bigc category with the category name Guitars, we will list you in the first Guitars subcategory, which may not be the one you want.

Finding Category ID Numbers Through Bigcommerce's User Interface

With this first approach, you can only find one category ID at a time. If you want to view all of your category IDs at once, use the XML process described in the next section.

1) Log into your Bigcommerce webstore's admin panel.

2) In the Products menu -> Product Categories. Your categories will load.

3) Click on the name of any parent category or subcategory.

4) After the category's page loads, you will find the category ID number in the URL.

If you have a newer Bigcommerce account, it appears after /categories/.

bigcommerce_integration_category_id_url_new_ui.png

If you have an established Bigcommerce account, it appears after catId=.

bigcommerce_integration_category_id_url.png

 

5) To find the ID number of your next category, you will need to click the Back button in your web browser to reload the complete list of categories.

Finding Category ID Numbers in Bigcommerce's XML Code Through a Web Browser Window

Use this approach if you want to view all of the category ID numbers at once, instead of one at a time.

NOTE: Do not use Firefox web browser for this method. It does not display the XML code.

1) Log into your Solid Commerce account.

2) Go to the Marketplaces menu -> Marketplaces Setup.

3) Click on the My Store tab.

  • Copy your Access URL.
  • Paste it into a new web browser tab or window.

bigcommerce_integration_marketplaces_setup_ui.png 

 

4) In the Authentication pop-up, enter:

  • In the User Name field, enter the User ID from Solid Commerce.
  • In the Password field, enter the API Key from Solid Commerce.

bigcommerce_integration_categories_xml_authentication.png 

 

5) Click the Log In button. After the XML loads, find the <categories> tag.

  • Copy the categories href URL link. You only want the URL, not the quotation marks or anything outside of them.
  • Paste it into a new web browser tab or window.

bigcommerce_integration_categories_url_in_xml.png 

 

6) The XML for your categories will load.

The XML shows the category ID, parent category ID, category name, and more. However, the only value you need to provide Solid Commerce is the category ID.

bigcommerce_integration_all_categories_xml_page.png

 

7) If not all your categories load on the page, you can display more categories by pasting the following snippet at the end of your URL: ?limit=250&page=1.

  • If you have more than 250 categories, you can load the next set of categories by changing the page number at the end of the URL to: 2.

EXAMPLE URL:

bigcommerce_integration_categories_displayed_in_xml_250_categories.png

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