In the overview section, you will find a number of different information. First, you will see the number of products you have on your webshop, how many of them are out of stock and how many of them are unpublished (meaning they are visible in your backend but not showing on your webshop). Second, you will see the product-ID (not important for you), the product name, what date the product was added and the current status (available/not available). Last, you have the opportunity to make an action, where you can either view or edit the product. Viewing the product allows you to see a large version of the product picture and the price. Editing the product directs you to the same page as when you press ‘Create’ to add a new product.
The overview-page looks like this:
If you click the ‘Create’-button in the top right corner of the product overview, you will enter a page called ‘Add product’. From here, you can edit the following things: product info, stock management, images, categories, fields, grouping, variant, tags, discount and metadata.
Not optional. Start by giving your product a name, after which the slug (the text being shown in your URL) will be created automatically. The slug will look very similar to the name of your product, but you can change it manually, if you want to call it something specific. Slugs are only allowed to have lower case letters from a-z and spaces between words have to be substituted for dashes. After the slug, you have the possibility to write a short or long product description. The short description will be shown next to the main image just under the price. The long description will be shown below the picture under the ‘Description’-section.Set a price - and weight if needed - for your product. If you wish to make the product visible in your webshop, you have to click ‘Publish’, if not, leave it be. The product will then appear in your backend for future use but will not be showing in your webshop.
Not optional. With stock management, you have two options: you can either set it to automatic (left button) or manual (right button). The automatic option is default so the system will automatically choose this option. All you have to do is enter the amount of products you currently have in stock, and everytime you make a sale, the number will decrease. If you wish to set the stock manually, you have to click the automatic button on the left to deactivate the default setting. After this, you can click the button on the right to choose if the product is in stock or not. With the manual option, you do not have to enter the number of products in stock.
Not optional. ‘Featured image’ is the primary image which will be shown on the webshop next to all your other products. ‘Additional images’ are the extra images that will be shown when you click on a product. Click the pluses to upload new images. If possible, only use square images, as these look the best. Images will automatically be downscaled or upscaled to 1000x1000 pixel, so try to avoid images with a lower resolution than this, as upscaled pictures look blurry.
Not optional. To add a product to a category, you first have to create the category. This is done in the category-section which is found in the menu to the left in the backend. By adding a product to a category, you tell the system what ‘area’ the product belongs to without necessarily making any design changes to the webshop (this can be managed under ‘Design’ in the menu to the left). Typically, categories will be the names in the menu on your webshop but given that it is in essence just a link, it can theoretically be put anywhere on the website.
Optional. Product fields are used if you wish to add extra information about the product. This could be information about the product's carbon footprint, where it is produced or what supplier it is bought from. Start by giving your field a name (e.g. ‘country of origin’) and then add the value (e.g. ‘Denmark’). Fields will be shown below the product-images under ‘More information’.
Optional. Product groups put a number of chosen products ‘together’. When you click on a product and enter the product-page, you will see the other products that belong to the product's grouping. Note: the function is under development.
Optional. Product variants allow you to add color, size or something similar to your products. To add a variant, enter the option (size/color/etc.) and then the values (e.g. S/M/L or red/blue/white). To add a value, write the value and click enter. If you wish to add multiple variants, click ‘Add variant option’ and repeat the process of entering options and values. When you have added the needed variants, click Generate variants’. This allows you to enter price and stock for each variant of the product.
The main price you set earlier will be the one showing on the webshop’s product listing page. As you change the prices for each variant, the main price will still be shown on the product listing page, but as you click on different variants on the product page, the specific prices will change accordingly.
If you have chosen automatic stock management for the product, the total stock will be calculated based on the stock for each variant. As long as you have 1 or more products in stock (across all variants), the product will be shown as ‘in stock’ in the product listingpage. However, if specific variants are sold out, this will be shown on the product-page.
If you have chosen manual stock, the product will be showing as long as there are 1 or more products in stock. For a variant to be shown as out of stock, you manually have to change it.
Optional. Product tags are used to search on your webshop.
Optional. You can either create a discount based on a percentage or in the specific amount of kroner. If you enter the discount in percentage, the discount in kroner will automatically be generated and vice versa. If you wish to limit the discount to a specific period, press ‘Create discount campaign’ and choose date-range and price.
Optional. Meta data is primarily used for SEO (search engine optimization), if there are specific buzz words or sentences you wish to use, so potential customers have an easier time finding your webshop.
Save your product:
When you are done filling out all the information, click save in the button. This saves the product for future use, but I will not make the product visible on the webshop unless you have clicked ‘publish’ under the product info.