Categories Uncomplicated

Categories Uncomplicated

by Lightenna

Categories for Shopify, done the right way

5.0 of 5 stars(37 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.

5.0 of 5 stars

The overall rating reflects the current state of the app. It accounts for all app reviews but prioritizes the most recent ones.
  • 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
    0% of ratings are 2 stars
  • 1 of 5 stars
    0% of ratings are 1 stars

Most recent reviews

Pelican Color Case

This app accomplished exactly what I wanted it to. Much better than the native collection/sub-collection and breadcrumbs features that came with my theme. Users can now see exactly where they are in the navigation tree of the site.

Alex, the developer, provided very quick and helpful responses to my questions about styling to match my site. Friendly service, would recommend to anyone looking to more effectively organizer their site.

Hardy Farm Supply

The support was great. Be sure to check your spam box if you reach out for help. Thank you Alex you went above and beyond.

Developer reply

December 12, 2019

I have attempted to contact you, prior to your review by email three times and through your store. I suspect your SPAM filter has blocked these attempts.

In an effort to provide the same excellent support my other customers have received, I also searched for your business online, messaged you on Facebook and called your US phone number (from the UK) 3 times. I'm now all out of options, but I hope that I can get hold of you because, as I've emphasised all the way through this process, I am really keen to help.

Also I can confirm you have not been charged anything this far. I offer a free trial for 10-days from when you installed the app (5/12). Best of luck with your store.

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!