About Magento Simple Product
This article is all about the Magento Simple Product. Here at Unltd Ecommerce we feel that Magento is the best ecommerce platform on the market, we use it for a great deal of our ecommerce website design packages. Magento gives you an amazing content management system that allows you to manage your website yourself from any browser using your secure username and password.
To help you do this Unltd Ecommerce have put together a collection of articles and “how to’s” to guide you through the management of your ecommerce website, starting this one for the addition of a Magento simple product.
ADDING A MAGENTO SIMPLE PRODUCT
To set-up a Magento simple product , firstly you will need to go to Catalog > Manage Products and then click the “+ Add new product” button.
The next page will give you options but simply select the standad “Default” and “Simple Products” options.
This will take you into the magento simple product page…
Type the full name of the product into this field. In simple products, you cannot customise the product so if you have similar products, they will all have to have unique product names.
Enter a detailed description here that will appear as the full description on the product page.
This can be as long and detailed as you wish and can also contain images and links if need be.
Here, just enter a brief description that will appear in list view on the catalogue page and above the price on the product page.
All products require a unique SKU which can be anything you like, but must contain numbers and letters with no spacing.
This field is also mandatory. If you do not wish to enter the products weight, you can just put 0 or 1
You do not have to fill in this part, it is totally up to you.
If you have a store that sells a number of products then this is a good way to separate them but it’s down to you.
This drop-down box needs to be set as ‘enabled’ to ensure the product is visible in the catalogue. You can select ‘disabled’ status before you introduce a new product or if the product is discontinued. If a product runs out of stock, it will appear as ‘Out of Stock’ until you replenish the stock.
The URL is used as a link to this product, therefore it has to have a unqiue value. This can be more than just the product name. In fact, for SEO reasons, it will be a great advantage if your URL key contains additional key words. For example, if your product is called – Glass Table, your URL could read ‘handmade-glass-table’.
The Visibility setting determines whether a visitor can find this product by browsing the catalog, by searching for the product, or both.
Some people like to click “Save And Continue Edit” at this point!
By doing this you will see that the product is not visible in the catalogue, this won’t happen until it has been assigned to at least one website and category. So let’s move on to the next tab….
Click the prices tab from the left and you will see a new page of options.
Enter your selling price for the product in the first box. You may also want to offer the enter your Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (RRP) to show the saving the customer would make by buying the products from you.
Assign the correct Tax Class. If you are a UK company you should have the standard VAT setting.
Meta Information Tab
Click the Meta information tab from the left menu.
By default the META information will be set to the product name for the title and the site defaults for the products, but if you wish to change this for SEO reasons you can enter new information for each individual products .We would highly recommend this to ensure your products are easily found through online search engines like Google and Bing
Here you can upload the image files for each product. You can specify a separate image for the thumbnail, small image and the main image or just use the same one for each.
The file sizes for these will depend on the design of your site, so be sure to ask your website designer for advice here.
This section all really depends on how you have your inventory management set-up in your System > Configuration > (Catalog) Inventory tab. If you have set the Decrease Stock When Order to Yes then the system will keep track of inventory by automatically maintaining the Quantity in Stock for each product.
In the Qty field for the product, enter the exact current quantity in stock, or a high value if you don’t keep track of inventory (System > Configuration > (Catalog) Inventory > Decrease Stock When Order is Placed is set to No).
Use the Minimum Qty for Item’s Status to be Out of Stock setting to define when the product enters an Out of Stock status and no longer can be ordered. If you sell the same products both online and in a regular store, you may want to set a certain threshold where online orders are no longer accepted even though you still have a minimal quantity in stock.
The Minimum and Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart setting prevents customers from ordering less than a designated minimum quantity, or more than a maximum quantity.
The Qty Uses Decimals setting determines whether decimals will be used in the quantity field for the product (e.g. “3.5 yards”) or not.
The Stock Availability setting quite simple shows you if the product is in stock or not!
Be sure the Qty is set to more than 0 and this box is set to In Stock .
Select in what websites you want this product to be visible. Note that you must assign the product to one or more categories in each website before it appears in the catalog for that website.
Just tick the boxes for the categories you wish the products to appear in.
If you have categories within categories be sure to click the + sign next to the main category to show you the nested list.
And that’s it – SIMPLE!
Click “Save” and the product will now be visible live on the website.