Creating a Product – Main Product Area

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Creating a Product


Products Option Tab
Products Dashboard? Discount Tab
Add New Product Special Tab
General Tab Image Tab
Data Tab Rewards Points Tab
Links Tab Design Tab
Attribute Tab  





To view products click on the toolbar tab and select Catalog and then Products.



Products Dashboard

This opens up the Product Dashboard where you can see your current products, add / edit / delete products





Add New Product


To add a new product you have two options

1) Insert a new product

Lets you enter in new product data from scratch

2) Copy an existing product:

This copies an existing product that you select. You can then modify it with the new product specific data.

This is ideal for creating similar products to one you have already set up. just remember to change all the relevant details


Clicking ‘Insert’ / ‘Edit’ brings you to the product screen


Towards the top of the screen there are a couple of different tabs.



General Tab



Under the general tab there are a number of different fields where you can enter data


Product Name:

This is the product name as displayed to throughout the site


Meta Tag Keywords:

Lets you enter in relevant keywords for this product. Great for SEO but make sure the keywords you use are relevant.

Separate multiple keywords by a space and comma


design, sites, websites etc etc


Keyword Ideas:

name of the product

brand of the product

general reason why people purchase the product

any other important aspect regarding the product



Meta Tag Description:

Lets you enter in a relevant description for this product. Great for SEO but make sure it is relevant.

Try to create a “flowing” and descriptive text (that is not too long)


Amazing website design for a fraction of the price



This is the product description that is displayed to the customer. There is a full wysiwyg editor that allows you to bold, italics, highlight etc


Product Tags:

Similar to keywords, this lets you enter in relevant tags / keywords

These are displayed to the customer




Data Tab



Clicking the Data Tab lets you add different variables and more information about the product.



A unique model number of the product.

This is a required field



Insert the price of the product



Tax Class:

to charge tax or none if you don’t want customer to pay tax. Set up actual taxes in SETTINGS -> Localization – Tax Classes.



If you wish to track stock levels, specify how many of this product you have in stock. The quantity will decrease after each purchase.

Minimum Quantity:

If you wish to force customers to purchase a minimum number of items, specify the minimum.

Subtract Stock:

If you wish to track stock select Yes, otherwise select No.

Out Of Stock Status Sets the stock status message customers will see when the stock quantity reaches 0. Add or edit messages in SETTINGS – Localization – Stock Statuses.


Requires Shipping

Sets if the product requires shipping. Set to no if the product is downloadable or if customers will pick up.


Stock Keeping Unit, a unique and arbitrary number for this product.



Universal Product Code, a unique code and manufacturer number assigned by


Where this product is located.

SEO Keyword

You can auto fill this out later by clickin on Auto Generate SEO Keywords in the product list area


Select the main product image.

Click the photo to bring up the Image Manager, then select photo from your computer.

Date Available

Sets when you want the product to show on the front of your site.

Dimensions (L x W x H)

If you ship by a method that charges by package dimensions, the length, width and height of the product.

Length Class

Whether the numbers you entered in Dimensions are inches, millimeters etc. Add or edit in SETTINGS -> Localization – Length Classes.


If you ship by a method that charges by weight, the weight of the product.

Weight Class

Whether the numbers you entered in Weight are pounds, kilos, etc. Add or edit in SETTINGS -> Localization – Weight Classes.



Enabled or Disabled

Select Enabled for product to appear in your store, or Disabled to hide.


Sort Order:

Sort order determines what order the products are displayed in this product’s category. Leave blank for alphabetical order.




Links Tab




If you have specified manufacturer or brand names in CATALOG -> Manufacturers, select manufacturer or brand name you want to display here.


If you have specified category names in CATALOG -> Categories, select category name you want to display here.


If you have set up multiple stores in System – Settings, select store name(s) in which you want this product to display here.


If you have uploaded a file for customers to download after purchase, such as an ebook or music file, select the file name from this box.

Related Products

To suggest related products when customers are viewing this product, begin typing the product name in the box, then select the related product from the drop-down list that appears.




Attribute Tab


Attributes are features that will be compared side by side by the customer when deciding on which item to choose using Product Comparison. They must be previously set up in CATALOG -> Attribute Groups and Attributes.


1. Click the ADD ATTRIBUTE Button, then begin typing the name in the Attribute box. A drop-down list will appear for you to select the correct Attribute Name.

2. In the TEXT Box, type all the possible choices for this product.

3. REPEAT steps 1 and 2 for each attribute.

When you have finished, be sure to click the top right SAVE Button.




Option Tab



This tab lets you create customer drop down options (ie size colour etc)


The ‘Options Pool’

To add different optiosn to your products you need to add the options to the ‘Options Pool’


Once they are in the pool, you simply reference the options for each product, picking and choosing which options you want to add, and the finer details like price, weight, etc for each individual option value.


It is also important to understand the terminology:

– Men’s Shoes <– Product

— Size <– Option

—- 8 <– Option Value

—- 9 <– Option Value

How to Create Options


1. Goto Admin->Catalog->Options

2. Click Insert

3. Enter:

Name: eg Color

Type: eg Select

Sort Order: 1

4. Click “Add Option Value

5. Enter

Option Value Name: egRed

Sort Order: 1

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for each option value you want to add (Blue, Green, etc)

7. Save


How to Add Options to Products


1. Goto Admin->Catalog->Products

2. Edit a Product

3. Goto the “Options” tab

4. In the box with the green + icon, type the name of the “option” you just created above… Color

5. As you type, the autosuggest will give you the option to choose the Color option

6. Now click the green + icon

7. Depending on the option type, you will see different fields. They should be self-explanatory

8. Choose the Option Value, stock, price, weight, etc that you want for that product.


Since “Color” is generic enough, you can reuse that option for other products. Shirts, Hats, etc without re-adding it to the options page. Just edit the next product and start typing “Color” again into the box with the green + icon and add it there with different pricing, qty, etc.


For more details have a look at the help page:

Add option values such as size or colour





Discount Tab



Offer a discount on this product to all customers, to only customers in a customer group you created in SALES -> Customers -> Customer Groups, or to customers who purchase at least a minimum quantity that you specify.


Discounts for a customer group will display the special price only if the customer is logged in as that group.



Price: 100.00

Quantity: 5

Discount: 10

New Price: 90.00

Click the ADD DISCOUNT Button,


then optionally select a customer group you want this special to apply to.


If you want to require a minimum purchase for the customer to get this discount, enter the minimum number of items.


If you will offer multiple discounts and/or specials, enter 1 for this to be applied first, 2 for this to be applied second.


The price you want the customer to see.

Date Start

When you want this special price to appear.

Date End

When you want this special price to disappear.



Special Tab



Special prices change the value of the product price to the new special price. Specials for a customer group will display the special price only if the customer is logged in as that group.

Click the ADD SPECIAL Button, then optionally select a customer group you want this special to apply to.


If you will offer multiple specials and/or discounts, enter 1 for this to be applied first, 2 for this to be applied second.


The price you want the customer to see.

Date Start

When you want this special price to appear.

Date End

When you want this special price to disappear.



Image Tab




Add additional product images in addition to the main product image. These images will appear on the product page in the Images tab.

To add additional images, click the ADD IMAGE Button to bring up the Image Manager, and select the additional image from your computer.

To replace an additional image, click the picture and select the photo from your computer.

To remove an additional image, click the REMOVE Button.




Rewards Points Tab



Customers can earn loyalty points for buying products from your store, then redeem them after they have accumulated sufficient points. Customers can check the number of points awarded in your store by logging onto My Account and clicking the REWARD POINTS Link. After a customer makes a purchase, activate that number of points in the customer order page SALES -> Orders – order number.

Turn ON or OFF in EXTENSIONS – Order Totals -> Reward Points – Uninstall.


Reward Points

Specify the number of points this item will cost a customer who wants to purchase it using rewards points.


Customer Group

Set a different number of points a member of a customer group will earn for purchasing this product.



Design Tab



Select a different layout that will override the main template for the following pages; Account, Affiliate, Category, Checkout, Contact, Default, Home, Information, Manufacturer, Product, Sitemap.



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