Departments help you organize your product management efforts. You can create a single department and add all of your products into it. If you run a large store with different product types, the better option is to create multiple departments.
Departments are a different feature from product categories displayed to the visitors of your website.
When creating a new product or editing an existing one, you can specify the department under which the product is placed. You can do this by using the Department drop-down list, or you can add a new department.
You can manage your on-line store departments in the Store configuration application on the Departments tab (or in Multistore configuration -> Departments; global departments only). Here, the system displays a list of all defined departments. You can add new departments by clicking New department, and you can modify properties of existing departments after clicking Edit ( ) in the Actions column. You can also remove departments from your on-line store by clicking Delete ( ) next to respective department items.
When editing a department, you can configure the following properties:
- Display name – the name of the department displayed to users on the live site and in the administration interface.
- Code name – unique identifier of the department (for example used by developers in code).
- Default tax class – determines which tax class the system automatically applies to all new products in the department.