Vendors and Categories


Vendors are available only in Multi-Vendor.

By default, vendors can create products in all the categories of a store. However, you can make a list of categories available to a certain vendor. Then the vendor will be able to add products to those categories only.

Change the Categories Available to a Vendor

  1. In the administration panel, go to Vendors → Vendors → <Desired Vendor>.
  2. Switch to the Categories tab.
  3. Use the Add categories button to add the categories to the list.
  4. Click Save for the changes to take effect.


If there are no categories on the list, then the vendor will have access to all the categories of the store.

If you don't specify what categories a vendor has access to, then the vendor will be able to create products in all the categories of your store.

Categories in a Vendor’s Microstore

Multi-Vendor has a feature called vendor’s microstore, that shows the products of a specific vendor only.

Before Multi-Vendor 4.3.6

A vendor’s microstore displayed all the categories available to the vendor. If the vendor had access to all categories, but didn’t have products in some of them, those empty categories appeared in the microstore’s menu.

Before Multi-Vendor 4.3.6 all categories the vendor had access to were displayed in the vendor's microstore.

After Multi-Vendor 4.3.6

Starting from Multi-Vendor 4.3.6, a vendor’s microstore only displays the categories that have products.


A category will show up in a vendor’s microstore even if it has hidden and/or disabled products only. The workaround is to move hidden/disabled products to a special hidden/disabled category created for that purpose.