How do I create custom category links in the left column?

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By default with BigCommerce, your categories appear in a list within the left column of the storefront. You can modify this by editing the the template file(s) to manually link pages from the left column either above or below the categories list. While it is easy to edit the menu's HTML file, you will need to write HTML code to create the links. This website can help you with the code and this one can help you learn the different between the two types of hyperlinks.

Here is an example of what the categories look like on my sample site:


1.) Login to your store's control panel.

2.) Click on Design.


3.) Click on the Template Files tab.


4.) Scroll down to the Panels folder, and click the plus sign next to it.


5.) Find the file called SideCategoryList.html, and click Edit.


6.) Now you will be seeing the code for the categories panel in a pop up window (as shown below).


7.) In the area that is outlined in red above, you will need to type in the HTML code for linking to your pages. An example of the HTML code that you can use to create the link(s) is shown below and highlighted in yellow. (You will need to customize the code depending on your wants and what your template looks like.)


8.) Once you have inserted the code as shown above, then Save.


Below is an example of what the links look like on my sample store:
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