I'm working on an eCommerce site, still in the early stages of setting up the taxonomy, category/subcategory structure.
This is not a typical site, like a clothing, sporting or electronics site where folks will come, cruise cruise cruise and make various purchases.
In most cases folks who visit the shop will already have a preset notion of what they wish to purchase. Some item or part #. Using their favorite search engine you search, get a result page and select the part, nothing new here. There is also an internal shop search for those who do find the site and want to look around.
What I am looking at is the necessity or not of creating a category/subcategory/subcategory/product structure for those who might wish to navigate the tree. This is complicated by the fact there products can also be found by manufacturers. The software does not offer a solution for choosing a manufacturer, then subcategories within that manufacturer. I would need to create a custom solution. I see some competitors that do this now.
Category names, really the lowest subcategories, in themselves are rather nebulous. some will have very few items and others some bulk.
To do this task and create this intricate category/subcategory/subcategory/product structure is a major task. I'm really wondering if it's worth the time and effort/expense in creating the structure to improve the user experience - whereas most buyers will probably not go this route.