How to use the new Product Categories Side Box

In 7.002.5 we introduced the new Product Categories Side Box.

It is an improvement over the previous box. And it has some configuration settings.

  • Only shows one level of categories at start
  • Expands to show children of current category
  • Has CSS class for current path of categories
  • Configurable to start a designated parent category
  • Configurable to product counts and levels of expanding

Here you see the module installed with edit modal showing. I searched for “pro” to locate the module quickly. It is isntalled by default on new installations. If it is not installed yet on your site, click Install to do so.

template modules edit prod cat box

To get to the above configuration area go to Admin -> Settings -> Setup  -> Template Modules

template modules menu

Common issue: be sure to configure the correct starting point for the product box. It is set to category Id 1, the Products category in our sample data. If you delete this category and make a new one, then be sure to edit the configuration to use TOP or the category you desire.

By Sal
I am the Founder and Product Manager of Loaded Commerce. Tell me what you want Loaded to do for you.


  1. Darrell Rule - February 16, 2015, 11:53 am

    Sal, I am not wishing admonition for any of the support group, but I have little success resolving tech issues with loaded7 pro. I imagine that the task load is huge compared to the staff available! (been there done that!) You were a big help during the Basecamp process so I hope you can help us with this.


    1) Our business reports require a certain structure that loaded7 doesn’t support. (loaded 6.5 did) We need to be able to “zero” our inventory reports so that — we can see the number of products sold the present year–now it adds to a grand total for all years combined — this results in hours of manual excel data tracking (order by order) by us that loaded7 could do instantly.

    2) In our “Checkout” module we have two options for shipping “pickup at store—$0.0” & “Best way–$13.95” The problem is; the no cost “pickup at store” is the default selection and many orders mistakenly are completed with no shipping charges. We can’t seem to get the default changed to the “Best way” selection.
    Thank you,

  2. Doreen Tomlinson - February 2, 2015, 4:40 pm

    I am updating the web in admin. and I can’t seem to edit anything. Was in here just before Christmas to update some of are lights and now I need to update some of are pole decorations. There are a bunch of separate cells and I try to click in there and it will allow me to do nothing. I am logged in as the owner under Nancy Peterson and I should have full rights to make any changes. This is highly important as I need to make changes to pricing ASAP

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