Categories Uncomplicated

Categories Uncomplicated

by Lightenna Ltd

Categories for Shopify, done the right way

5.0 of 5 stars(35 reviews)

Make your products findable

Categorise to make your products easier to find (search for) and discover (stumble across)

Categories at mulitple levels

Publish categories and nested sub-categories for search engines to target your SEO

Unified category list

Add a category list (with product count), breadcrumb and sub-category icons to your navigation

About Categories Uncomplicated

Simple categories for Shopify collections

One of the first things shop-owners new to Shopify tell us is that they can't believe there isn't a category system. Now with Categories Uncomplicated you can organise your collections into a structure that at a glance helps your customers understand: * What kinds of products you sell * How those products are organised * How they can narrow their search down to more specific sub-categories and find the group of products they're shopping for

3-in-1 bundle of products

Categories Uncomplicated includes: * Category list: a category list for your left-hand sidebar * Breadcrumbs: a full breadcrumb to show on collections or product pages * Icons: sub-category icons to show in each parent collection

Our Demo site shows all the features of Categories Uncomplicated in a live shop environment. There's also a combined product tour that covers all the bundled products:


The category list needs to be embedded somewhere on your site, which requires a basic HTML/CSS coding knowledge. We strongly recommend choosing a theme with a sidebar, selecting the place for your category list, then cut-and-pasting the embed.

We regret we cannot offer a service to embed this for you in your store or customise your theme to make the category list look different. If it turns out that your theme is lacking or you're not comfortable editing themes, you might like to take a look at our sister apps that require no coding whatsoever:

  • Menus Uncomplicated, which shows the same category list in the menu navigation and
  • Floating Category List, which floats over the left-hand side of the page (without a sidebar)

Visitors and Search

Categories Uncomplicated isn't just about helping existing visitors become more valuable customers, it enables you to better present your products to search engines:

Create categories and sub-categories

with unique hierarchical URLs that allow search engines to index groups of your products in context.

Specialise each category (a collection)

with custom header text that explains what it's about. Show product counts against each of your categories so customers can quickly see where your catalogue is fullest.

Use the existing Shopify 'Navigation' system

to create links, then visualise them in the embedded Categories admin panel. Simply select the top-level category from the menu selector to see a category tree instantaneously.

Improve the SEO metadata

that you're sending to Google by including dynamically generated JSON-LD to describe the current category

Create great intuitive navigation

by embedding our pre-built page elements in your navigation.

See the app in action

Explore how the app works in an example store.

View example store

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Pricing 10-day free trial


* All charges are billed in USD. Recurring charges, including monthly or usage-based charges, are billed every 30 days.

Overall rating
5.0 of 5 stars
Based on 35 reviews

  • 5 of 5 stars
    97% of ratings are 5 stars
  • 4 of 5 stars
    3% of ratings are 4 stars
  • 3 of 5 stars
    0% of ratings are 3 stars
  • 2 of 5 stars
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  • 1 of 5 stars
    0% of ratings are 1 stars

Most recent reviews

Beautiful Doors

Catagories worked exactly the way we need to
Simple to install in our theme but took a while to format in the same style
Would highly recommend
Support has been good to!

Discount Office

The only app I could get to work the way I wanted. Works amazingly well. Only gripe is because I have a large category tree (and I mean really big), I have to do a manual workaround but most sites won't have that issue. Highly recommended++++


This app is amazing - it makes having sub categories so much easier to do, and it has great tutorials.
This is a must have for anyone that wants to have sub categories.

It is also has a great sidebar function which makes it easy to create and manage a sidebar.