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The Products section is where you can see all the products that populate your ecommerce store. You can add new items here, and organise the product list using the controls on the sidebar. If you want to see how much of each product you have in stock, the sidebar also has a link to your inventory overview
After clicking the "Add a new product" link, just fill in the appropriate fields with your product information and hit the Save product button. In order to be easily accessible to your customers, a product then needs to be "added to a collection" which is "linked from within your shop".
The only fields that you absolutely have to fill in before saving your product are Title, Product type, and Product Vendor, but you'll almost certainly want to enter more information than that. You will also need to specify the price and weight for the default variation.
Here are some tips for entering product information:
The units of measurement and form of currency used by the new product form are set automatically depending on the country selected during account creation, but the defaults can be changed in your "General Settings" page.
After adding a new product to your online store or by clicking on the product's icon in the main product list, you are able to edit any aspect of the item. In addition to the things you can change when first adding the product, there are a couple of new options which aren't available on the add product, such as reordering product images.
To entice people to buy your product, you should upload at least one or two photos of the product. For best results, images should be re-sized before uploading. As a general guide, images that are about 1280 pixels wide on their longest side are the best size to upload, as they are faster to upload, and still display as large images when people view them in your online store. Spiffy Stores automatically re-sizes images to fit in different areas of your store, as in some cases a smaller image is needed (like on collection pages), and other times a larger image is needed (like on a product page).
You are able to drag and drop each of your product's images to put them in any order you like. The first image is labeled as "featured" and will be displayed more prominently on the product page in most themes, and will also display on any collection pages.
Variations could represent different sizes of a piece of clothing, different strains of sunflower seed, or different sizes of computer monitor. Each variation has its own price, weight, and inventory record, but they all share the same product page which lets the customer choose which one they want to buy. You can only add variations in the product management screen, after you have already added the product.
You can always decide to create a new product for every variation of this product, but this can result in a lot of time wasted for your customers as they browse your ecommerce store looking for exactly what they want. It's all up to you, but a good rule of thumb for many stores is to group products as variations when a single product description could fit for all of them.
If your variations have visual characteristics which distinguish them from one another, then you may want to add an image to your product for each variation so that your customers can see exactly what they're going to get.
As a rule of thumb, a product will need a variation for each physical version of the product that you are stocking.
Every product must have at least one variation. If a product has only one variation, the variation should have a title of "Default". If a product has more than one variation, then each variation can be given a title that represents the physical differences. For example, the variation title can be a colour, a size or a fabric, or combinations of physical attributes.
You can add a new product variation by clicking on the "Add a new variation" link under the list of current variations.
Alternatively, you can edit an existing variation, by clicking on the variation row in the list of current variations.
When you do either of these things, a variation dialog box will appear on your screen which will allow you to add or edit fields for your variation.
The variation dialog box is divided into three parts, "Pricing", "Shipping" and "Inventory" and you can select each section by clicking on the relevant heading to open up the form fields for that section.
The fields in the "Pricing" section describe how much the customer must pay for a variation, including other pricing information.
This section allows you to specify all of the shipping options for a variation.
When you have one or more fulfilment services configured, an additional selection box will appear that will enable you to specify which fulfilment service to use for this variation.
The inventory section allows you to configure the inventory options for this variation.
If you choose to track the inventory for the variation, then you need to specify the quantity of items that you have in stock and available for sale.
Secondly, you need to specify the action to be taken when the item has sold out.
The following "out of stock" options are available to determine what happens when a customer attempts to purchase a variation with a zero stock level:
Note: If you select the "Archive" option and the product has multiple variations then if the variation sells out, the whole product will be hidden, even if there is stock available for other variations.
Custom Options are useful for products that can be customized or created after they have been ordered by the customer. In this case you often don't have a physical item in your inventory, but will create or modify the product after the customer has selected the options and ordered the product.
All variations that have custom options share all the attributes of the underlying variation. You cannot maintain separate inventory management for each of the custom options as they all share the inventory management options of the variation.
As an example, you may sell tie-dyed T-Shirts and you will have a stock of undyed white T-Shirts. You can then create a custom option where the customer can choose what colour T-Shirt they want. Once the order has been placed, you can then create the T-Shirt to the customer's specification.
You can create multiple custom options and each option can have multiple option values.
Each custom option value can have an additional price that is added to the variation price when that option is chosen. You can use this to increase the price if the item if you are using special materials or are offering an additional service such as gift wrapping.
The order of the custom options can be changed by dragging the drag icon on the far right of each option up or down to change the order in which the options are displayed.
Similarly, the order of the option values can be changed by dragging the option value icons into the order required.
When you create custom options, the Spiffy Stores software treats each combination of options as a "virtual" variation. It does this, as not all themes support multiple drop-down boxes and the variations for a product must be presented as a single drop-down selection box.
If you start to create multiple options you can see that it is very easy to create an extremely large number of combinations of options. For example, it is very easy to create options that will generate millions of possible combinations.
If you create three custom options, and the first has five values, the second has ten values and the third also has ten values, then you can see that we already have 500 possible combinations (5 x 10 x 10).
When you start to add more than two or three custom options you may find yourself creating a large number of combinations that cannot be easily managed in a single drop-down selection box.
For this reason, there is a maximum of 500 possible custom option combinations allowed by the software. If you try to create more than this, you will get an error.
In these cases, you can try to organize your product into multiple variations or multiple products and elimiate some of your custom options.
You may also be able to combine some options to reduce the number of possible combinations.
Another option is to modify your theme's product page and add text fields or selection boxes to request information from your customer.
There is more information on how to do this at Asking your customer for additional information.