Magento Commerce, 1.14.x
Category Permission Configuration

Category permissions can be used to control access to the category based on customer group. Before assigning permissions to a specific category, you must configure category permissions for your store.

To set up category permissions:

1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration.
2. In the panel on the left, under Catalog, select Catalog. Click to expand the Category Permissions section, and do the following:
3. To activate category permissions, set Enable to “Yes.” By default, this will apply the restrictions to all categories.
4. Set Allow Browsing Category to one of the following:
  • To grant everyone permission to browse the category, select “Yes, for Everyone.”
  • To grant permission to only members of specific customer groups, select “Yes for Specified Groups.” Then, select each group that has permission to browse the category.
  • To deny access to the category and redirect to another page, select “No, Redirect to Landing Page.” When prompted, select the page that you want visitors to see instead of the category page.
5. Set Display Product Prices to one of the following:
  • To grant everyone permission to see product prices, select “Yes, for everyone.”
  • To grant permission to only members of specific customer groups, select “Yes for Specified Groups.” Then, select each group that has permission to view product prices.
  • To turn off the display of product prices for the category, select “No.”
6. Set Allow Adding to Cart to one of the following:
  • To grant everyone permission to add products from the category to their shopping carts, select “Yes, for everyone.”
  • To grant permission to only members of specific customer groups to add products from the category to their shopping carts, select “Yes for Specified Groups.” Then, select each group that has permission to purchase the products.
  • To prevent everyone from adding products in the category to their shopping carts, select “No.”
7. To prevent members of specific customer groups from searching the catalog, select each group in the Disallow Catalog Search list.
8. When complete, click the Save Config button.
  • Field Descriptions

    Field

    Scope

    Description

    Enable

    Global

    Activates category restrictions. By default, using this feature restricts all categories. Options include: Yes / No

    Allow Browsing Category

    Website

    Options include:

    Yes, for Everyone

    Allows all visitors and customers to the browse the category.

    Yes, for Specified Customer Groups

    Allows only members of selected customer groups to browse the category.

    No, Redirect to Landing Page

    Denies access to the category and redirects to the selected page.

    Display Product Prices

    Website

    Controls the display of product prices for the category. Options include:

    Yes, for Everyone

    Allows everyone to see the price of products in the category.

    Yes, for Specified Customer Groups

    Allows only members of selected customer groups to see the price of products in the category.

    No

    Turns off the display of product prices for the category.

    Allow Adding to Cart

    Website

    Determines who can purchase products from the category. Options include:

    Yes, for Everyone

    Allows everyone to place products from the category into their shopping carts.

    Yes, for Specified Customer Groups

    Allows only members of selected customer groups to place products from the category into their shopping carts.

    No

    Does not allow anyone to place products from the category into their shopping carts.

    Disallow Catalog Search by

    Website

    Identifies the customer groups that are not allowed to search for products in the category.