Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Exploration: Features, Configuration, Import & Export

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Although free and paid versions of our favorite e-commerce platform are very similar to some extent, the Commerce edition introduces multiple unique features. And today, we’d like to draw your attention to the Magento 2 page hierarchy. Below, we explore this functionality in more detail as well as shed light on how to import and export Magento 2 page hierarchy as an entity between two e-commerce stores.

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Introduction to Magento 2 Page Hierarchy

The main benefit of Magento 2 page hierarchy introduces the ability to improve your actual shopping experience. With this feature, you can effortlessly organize your content pages adding pagination, navigation, and menus to the current order of things. As a result, it becomes way more convenient to navigate your e-commerce website.

Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Example

To illustrate the notable improvement of the new Magento 2 feature, let’s take a look at the example provided by the official documentation – the Privacy Policy page. It illustrates how a left-side menu enables you to organize various content improving customers’ navigation between its parts (different pages).

Thus, merchants who regularly publish a large amount of content can organize their content dramatically improving the simplicity of finding the necessary information.

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Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Node System

The Magento 2 page hierarchy system uses is based on nodes to utilized for several purposes. Firstly, the system uses them to identify related pieces of content. Secondly, nodes are designed to organize content pages into parent/child relationships.

Imagine a parent node as a folder containing child nodes and pages. The tree hierarchy is leveraged to display the relative position of each node and page. Thus, every single node might contain multiple other nodes and content pages. As for a single content page, it might be associated with various nodes as well as other content pages. The Magento 2 page hierarchy introduces two types of relationships between them:

  • parent/child;
  • neighbor.

How to Configure Magento 2 Page Hierarchy

To configure the Magento 2 page hierarchy functionality, you have to go to the Settings section of your ecommerce website and enable the features and its metadata. Set “Enable Hierarchy Functionality” to “Yes.” Next, turn on metadata: set “Enable Hierarchy Metadata” to “Yes” as well. The third remaining option lets you determine the default menu layout.

Next, do the following:

  1. Go to Stores -> Settings -> Configuration;
  2. Choose Content Management from the left panel under General;
  3. Expand the CMS Page Hierarchy section to make changes;
  4. Don’t forget to save everything.

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How to Add Node in Magento 2 Page Hierarchy

Let’s take a look at how to create a Magento 2 page hierarchy node that simplifies navigation to related content pages. Note that a node does not include a content page associated with it, but it has a URL Key. Use it as a reference to any page of your website.

So, to simplify the user experience of your Magento 2 website, create a new node. Let’s organize your press releases: name the new node “Press Releases” to enable navigation to individual content pages. Access to the node can be enabled from your “About Us” page. Add the link to the section.

You can create a CMS Hierarchy Node Link to link to a node with the help of the Widget tool. Take a new widget and place it in a content block or page.

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Create Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Node

Find the Content section on the Admin sidebar and choose Hierarchy from the Elements subsection. You will be transferred to a page with a grid that contains all CMS pages as well as several control buttons:

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There is the Add Node button above the grid.

  • Specify your node title under Page Properties;
  • Enter a suitable URL Key (lowercase characters, hyphens instead of spaces).

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After saving the node, it will appear as a folder in the tree above the grid:

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Add Pages to Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Node

Now, you can edit your hierarchy tree. Simply click the node to open it in the edit mode. In the CMS pages section (scroll down to see it), mark the checkbox of each page to add it to the hierarchy. To save the addition, tap Add Selected Pages(s) to Tree. The tree will be changed as follows:

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Define Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Structure

Note that you can leverage the drag-and-drop functionality of the tree. Drag pages to improve their frontend position in the menu:

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To view page properties, click the node at the top of the hierarchy. The Render Metadata in HTML Head section lets you do the following:

  • Identify the node as the top of the hierarchy (enable the “First” option);
  • Display a pagination control (enable the “Next/Previous” option);
  • Organize the Magento 2 page hierarchy as a book (“Enable Chapter/Section”);
  • Assign the node to a specific book part: set “Chapter/Section” to “Chapter,” “Section,” or “Both.” Choose “None” to disable the feature: it won’t be included as part of the book.

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Add Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Pagination Controls

Next, go to Pagination Options for Nested Pages. Here, you can enable pagination. Set “Enable Pagination” to “Yes.”

The “Frame” field lets you enter the number of page links to be included in the pagination control. To add more pages to skip ahead (or back) for the next set of pagination links, enter their number in the “Frame Skip” field.

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Choose Magento 2 Page Hierarchy Menu Layout

To enable the node in the menu, do the following:

  • Go to “Page Navigation Menu Options” and set “Show in Navigation Menu” to “Yes;”
  • Set “Menu Layout” to “Use Default,” “Content,” “Left Column,” or “Right Column” to specify the location of the menu concerning the content;
  • Set “Menu Detalization” to “Only Children” – your menu will include subpages only, or “Neighbours and Children” – to include subpages and other pages of the same hierarchy level.
  • In “Maximal Depth,” set the maximum number of levels to be included in determining the depth of the menu.
  • As for “List Type” and “List Style,” you can choose either “Unordered” – menu options are not numbered, or “Ordered” – the menu options are numbered.

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Now, you can proceed to the “Main Navigation Menu Options” and make the node visible in the navigation menu. Set “Show in Navigation menu” to “Yes.”

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Don’t forget to save changes.

How to Import & Export Magento 2 Page Hierarchy

To import and export the Magento 2 page hierarchy, you need the Improved Import & Export extension. This module lets you freely transfer this content type between the two Magento 2 websites.

To import Magento 2 page hierarchy data, follow these steps:

  • Go to System -> Improved Import / Export -> Import Jobs and hit the Add New Job button.
  • Configure General Settings and proceed to the Import Settings section. Select page hierarchy data among options of the Entity drop-down.
  • Configure other job sections, save it, and run the transfer.

As for the Magento 2 page hierarchy data export, the process is entirely the same. You can configure it under  System -> Improved Import / Export -> Export Jobs.

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Improved Import & Export Magento 2 Extension Features

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Now, when you are familiar with the Magento 2 page hierarchy – know how to configure the feature and understand how to use it – we’d like to draw your attention to the Improved Import & Export features that simplify page hierarchy import and export processes between two e-commerce stores.

The default Magento 2 import and export processes are not only limited in terms of features – they don’t let you transfer a page hierarchy data at all. Therefore, our module comes in handy. It enables you to transfer all information between your Magento 2 website and any external systems automatically. And Magento 2 page hierarchy data is not an exception.

With the help of Improved Import & Export, different external attributes and their values can be automatically matched to ones used internally, multiple API connections – leveraged in the integration, and all entities – imported/exported! Furthermore, numerous file formats are supported.

Automated Import & Export Processes

There is no need to automate data transfers when it comes to Magento 2 page hierarchy import or export since it is usually a one-time procedure. But the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 module provides the ability to create schedules or use event-based triggers to make all integrations seamless.

Schedules

Schedules represent the most popular way of automation. You can leverage them to establish the flow of information between the two systems based on cron. Specify a time interval and the system will import/export updates according to it. Our extension lets you create fully independent jobs with several different options:

  • custom intervals,
  • customizable predefined update schemes,
  • profiles with no schedules (which are suitable for maintaining such tasks as Magento 2 page hierarchy import/export),
  • asynchronous data transfers (launch every scheduled profile manually whenever you want).

Configure a schedule as follows:

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Events

Event-based triggers are the other huge improvement provided by the Improved Import & Export extension related to the automation of data transfers. You can use the following algorithm to automate data transfers between the two systems with triggers:

  1. Create a trigger;
  2. Connect it to an event;
  3. Link an action to a trigger to launch it automatically.

Transferring data to/from your Magento 2 store with the help of a trigger dramatically simplifies any integrations. As mentioned above, this feature enables data exchanges in real time. When something happens on your Magento 2 website (a new customer is registered, an order is placed, a new product is added), the add-on transfers the corresponding data to the specified system or imports something back. For example, a customer makes a purchase; the extension automatically transfers a new order to your accounting system. Follow the link below for more information regarding triggers: How to Run Magento 2 Import or Export After Specific System Event or Process.

Advanced Mapping Features

If you want to establish a transfer between Magento 2 and an external platform, it is not possible to import/export data between them due to the problem of different attribute standards. Luckily, the Improved Import & Export module solves the problem by introducing various mapping features. It lets you freely transfer Magento 2 page hierarchy data beyond the ecosystem. Of course, other platforms don’t support that feature, but you can leverage it when new systems offer the same functionality.

Mapping Presets

Use our module to solve the problem of different attribute standards without headaches with mapping presetspredefined mapping schemes that eliminate manual attributes matching. The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension analyzes the input data file transferred from an external system, discovers third-party attributes, and matches them to the ones used in Magento. The same algorithm is applied to export processes. You only have to select a matching scheme suitable for your supplier as shown below:

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Matching Interface

Importing/exporting Magento 2 page hierarchy data can be based on manual attributes mapping right in the Magento admin as well! The Improved Import & Export module provides a unique matching interface which offers full control over the process: specify external (internal) attributes and link them to the corresponding internal (external) ones in a particular grid enabling the data transfer. Here is how everything works:

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Attribute Values Mapping

The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension offers a separate interface for attribute values mapping that provides the ability to automate all data transfers. Since attribute values also prevent import/export processes, attributes mapping is not enough to create fully automated transfers. Therefore, we’ve added the values mapping functionality.

With our plugin, third-party designations will no longer interrupt data transfers since you can choose an external value from a supplier’s system and specify the internal one from Magento 2 as a replacement. Repeat the procedure until all third-party designations are mapped to ones utilized in Magento 2. Note that the created schemes are saved and applied for further updates. For details, read this article: Attribute Values Mapping.

Attribute Values Editing

Attribute values mapping is not enough to simplify all daily routine. Therefore, we’ve also added attribute values editing. You can leverage the feature while transferring any data from an external platform to your Magento 2 website. To modify attribute values in bulk, use the following rules:

  • Add a prefix to multiple attribute values;
  • Add a suffix to numerous attribute values;
  • Split various attribute values;
  • Merge multiple attribute values.

Note that you can combine them and create conditions increasing the efficiency of the applied changes. For further information, read this article: How to Modify Attribute Values During Import and Export in Magento 2.

Category Mapping

As for category mapping, it is a feature introduced in Improved Import & Export. Developed for product data transfers, it dramatically simplifies product transfers from any systems to Magento 2. Designed to match external categories to ones used internally, category mapping reduces the number of difficulties that usually occur when products are transferred from other platforms to Magento 2. The process is displayed below:

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To create new categories right in the import job, choose a parent category and specify a new one that will be generated automatically. The extension will link products to it during the import process. If your Magento 2 website doesn’t include a category from an imported file, it’s no longer a problem. You can find more information about this feature in this article: Category Mapping.

Attributes On The Fly

And if a data file provided from an external system lacks attributes, the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension lets you create them on the fly via the following general form:

Attribute|attribute_property_name:attribute_property_value|…

The feature is described here in more detail: Product attributes import.

Extended Connectivity Options

As for the extended connectivity options, they are designed to improve all data transfers and can be leveraged for Magento 2 page hierarchy import/export. Our extension lets you use multiple file formats and two alternative ways of transferring data between your e-commerce store and external platforms.

Multiple File Standards

You can import/export Magento 2 page hierarchy using data files. The Improved Import & Export extension supports CSV, XML, JSON, ODS, and Excel. If you transfer information between two Magento 2 websites, CSV is enough, but multiple other platforms work with XML, JSON, or others.

Another feature that radically simplifies data transfers is support for file archives. Improved Import & Export unpacks them automatically while the default tools work with uncompressed CSV files only!

Multiple File Sources

The following file sources can be leveraged to import and export Magento 2 page hierarchy data:

  • FTP/SFTP. Transfer Magento 2 page hierarchy data files using a local or remote server.
  • Dropbox. Use a Dropbox account to establish a connection between the two systems. Alternatively, you can rely on Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, and Amazon Drive transferring Magento 2 page hierarchy data.
  • URL. A direct URL can be used to import a file with Magento 2 page hierarchy data.

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Alternative Ways of Import & Export

As for the alternative ways of import and export, they are not represented in Magento 2 by default. However, direct API connections can be leveraged to simplify all transfers, especially the most complicated ones. The Improved Import & Export extension lets you leverage REST, SOAP, and GraphQL APIs.

Note that all API connections are fully compatible with the extension’s features. As a result, you can leverage mapping, schedules, and attributes on the fly while transferring data between your Magento 2 and external platforms via APIs.

As for the intermediary services, the extension allows using Google Sheets, Office 365 Excel, and Zoho Sheet. Although they cannot be utilized for the needs of Magento 2 page hierarchy transfers, you can streamline them to connect to other systems. The following image shows how to use Google Sheets to move data to Magento 2:

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The video below displays our extension in action:

Final Words

Magento 2 page hierarchy is a significant improvement introduced in the Commerce edition. It dramatically simplifies the navigation on your e-commerce website, increasing the efficiency of content pages. A customer can easily find the desired information due to the tree hierarchy of the displayed content. From the merchant’s perspective, the new functionality is also stunning due to the simple configuration and powerful impact on usability. And of course, you can freely transfer the Magento 2 page hierarchy between your e-commerce website and any external systems using the Improved Import & Export extension. For further information related to the import and export functionality, follow the link below and connect our support:

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