When my husband asked me at add content to his Magento store, I almost lost my mind. In general, I consider myself to be a fairly web-savvy gal, but Magento gave me a whole different circle of learning curve hell. I spent far too much time trying to figure out why my new products weren’t showing up in categories, on the front page or anywhere else. I’d followed several of the tutorials out there, but as a Magento n00b, none of them made much sense.
Fortunately, darling husband is a Magento developer and carefully guided me through the process. From a quick Internet search, many new shop owners are in a very similar situation. Here are the things you should try first before delving deeper
1) Check Product Inventory
Does the product have any available inventory? If it doesn’t, it can’t be sold.
1.5) Check Product Stock Status
Even if you have an available inventory, the product may not be set to “In Stock.”
2) Check Product Status
If the product isn’t set to “enabled” it won’t display. D’oh.
3) Check Product Visibility
The product must be to set “Catalog, Search” visibility to show up in the catalog.
Here’s where I promptly stopped and ran for help. If you’ve tried these things, I present you with one of two solutions.
1) Follow one of the many plain English guides available online to solve your issue. They probably rehash some of what I outlined above, but also offer some new tactics that delve deeper into the Magento confusion.
2) Invest $5 and a bit of installation time to permanently solve the issue by using my husband’s Category Visibility extension. The extension displays a list of conditions for the product to show up, and whether or not those conditions are met.