Assigning a Primary Category / Breadcrumb in SuiteCommerce

by Garrett Nafzinger

Assigning a primary category in NetSuite SuiteCommerce Advanced sets a breadcrumb path on your e-commerce product (item) pages which helps Google, search engines, and users understand your site better. Here’s how to assign a primary category (or add breadcrumbs to products pages) in SuiteCommerce.

  1. Log in to NetSuite SuiteCommerce at
  2. Go to Lists > Website > Commerce Categories.
  3. Click Edit next to the Commerce Category that corresponds to the primary category of the item you want to assign a primary category for. Productivity tip: If you want to do many of these, you can Ctrl or Cmd-Click to open them in new tabs.
  4. Click the Items heading.
  5. Click the first item you’d like to assign from the list, then click under the Primary Category heading to reveal a checkbox (screenshot below). Check the box, then click OK to save.
  6. Click the next item where you’d like to assign a primary category.
  7. When finished, click Save.
Primary Category checkbox in SuiteCommerce Advanced

How can I tell if a Primary Category is assigned in SuiteCommerce?

The easiest way to tell if a primary category is assigned to the items (products) on your website is to look at the product page on your website. If a primary category is assigned, you’ll see a proper breadcrumb path, as shown below.

SuiteCommerce product with a primary category selected

If there is no primary category assigned, you’ll see Home > Product in the breadcrumb path, as shown below.

SuiteCommerce product with no primary category selected

Why breadcrumbs are important to user experience and SEO

Breadcrumbs are important for user experience and SEO. Breadcrumbs help a user understand where they are on your site, and quickly navigate to other sections of your website. If the user lands on a product that isn’t quite what they want, they can quickly move up a level to look at related products in the same category. Breadcrumbs help search engines understand your website hierarchy and improve internal linking which helps visibility in organic search results.