Magento Product Types Setup – The Ultimate Guide

I think it is quite obvious that the most important element of an ecommerce store is the product. The website simply cannot be called an online store without it. The Magento system can handle products in many ways―besides defining different product types, there are lots of options for further settings to serve specific ecommerce needs in the most professional way possible.



 

What kind of product attributes are there in Magento?

  There are 6 different product types in Magento:

  • Simple product
  • Configurable product
  • Grouped product
  • Bundle product
  • Virtual product
  • Downloadable product

 

What are the different product types good for?

 

Simple product:

This is the simplest product type, normally this is used the most frequently. These products are simple products because they have characteristics that make them unique, e. g. board games, TV, paintings. These products may be sold by themselves or as parts of grouped, configurable or bundle products.

Example: There is a black cap below where the customer cannot choose the colour of the cap. In case the product is available in several colours and you would like the customer to be able to choose the desired colour on the data sheet of the product, you need to create the product as a configurable product.

Magento simple product  

 

Configurable product:

These products have variable characteristics e.g. shoes, T-shirts (colour, size).

  Example: The customer can purchase the shoes below in various colours and sizes (sizes e.g. 39, 40, 41, colours, for example: blue, black).

Magento configurable product  

Configurable products consist of several simple products. Let’s presume that you have a configurable product that can be chosen in 2 colours and 3 sizes. In this case, you actually made 6 simple products (which are usually not displayed in the store, so they do not appear by themselves) and you made 1 configurable product that covers these 6 products.  

 

Grouped product:

Grouped products are similar to configurable products. At this type of product the user can choose which items to buy among the items of a grouped product and also can decide how many of the individual items he or she wants to buy. E. g.: knife set, bed-linen etc.

Example: You can see below a bedroom furniture set with several simple products in it, which can also be purchased separately. However, this way we offer the customer the possibility of buying several products that belong together more easily and without searching further.

Magento grouped product  

 

Bundle product:

In case of bundle products, the customer can set which items or parts the product to be purchased should consist of. There is a camera in the picture for which we can buy parts or accessories like e.g. lens, strap etc. Accessories or parts of bundle products may be simple or virtual products.

Magento bundle product  

 

Virtual product:

These products do not have physical or downloadable forms, they are physically undeliverable (as there is nothing to be delivered). In general, these are some kinds of services e.g. subscription, licence etc. The data sheet of a virtual product is exactly like that of a simple product, just no delivery address has to be entered during the purchasing process. This VIP membership offer in the picture serves as an example of a virtual product.

Magento virtual product  

 

Downloadable product:

These products do not have physical forms, only downloadable forms, e.g. downloading of a piece of software or an e-book. You can buy the user’s manual of a BMW car below, which is a downloadable PDF.

Magento downloadable product  

After purchase and payment of the product, the customer receives an e-mail containing the download link. But if the customer logs in to the online store, the product can also be found under “My downloadable products” and it can be downloaded from there, too.

 

How can a specific product type be created?

 

Simple product

It is simple to create a simple product!

    1. Log in to admin, and go to menu Catalog -> Manage Products.
    2. Here, go to menu Add Product on the right.
    3. At the first part of product creation
      1. Choose Attribute Set (attribute group)
      2. Choose Simple Product at Product Type and click on the Continue

 

Magento simple product setting

 

4) After this, you will receive a new data sheet where you need to enter specific data of the product. It is important at the beginning that if you have several online stores and store views, you can access or modify its own settings by switching to the desired Store view in the drop-down menu Choose Store View, located at the top on the left.   Note: I detail all the necessary settings only in case of the simple product, I describe only the changes concerning the other product types.

 

Fill in the General tab according to the following:

Name: Enter the name of the product, it will show everywhere under this name.

Description: Add the long description of the product. This will appear on the product data sheet.

Short Description: The short description will appear in the lists.

SKU or item number, where you should enter a unique identifier.

Weight: Weight of the product, which is necessary for the shipping calculations (provided you have a carrier who takes into account weight).

Set Product as New from Date: This is the start date of a new product (optional).

Set Product as New to Date: This is the end date of a new product (optional).

Status: If you would like to allow this, set this to “Enabled”.

Url Key: If you leave it blank, it will be automatically generated from the name of the product.

Visibility: If you would like the product to appear everywhere, set this to “Catalog, Search”. “Not visible individually” means that it does not figure by itself on the page, which is relevant in case of the bundle or configurable products.

Country of Manufacture: not obligatory, rarely used

Size: optional

Color: optional

 

Magento simple product general setting  

 

Prices tab

Price: You enter the price of the product here.

Group Price: This is where you can add customer group prices (optional).

Special Price: Promotional price (optional).

Special Price From Date: Start date for the special price (optional).

Special Price To Date: End date for the special price (optional).

Tier Price: Here you can set how much the price of a product should be after adding a certain quantity of it to the cart. It can be separately set for customer groups and websites, e.g.: the price of 1 product is 1000, but if 10 or more is bought, the price per piece is only 800, so if 10 are bought, the total price will be only 8000 instead of 10,000.

Apply MAP: Application of Minimum Advertised Price for this product.

Display Actual Price: Where the actual price should be displayed.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price Tax Class: Set the tax class here.

Magento simple product prices setting

 

Meta Information

These parts are all important from the point of view of SEO.

  1. Meta Title: This will be the title in the browser. If you leave it blank, the browser title will be the name of the product.
  2. Meta Keywords: These will be the meta keywords. If you leave it blank, the name of the product will be added.
  3. Meta Description: This will be the meta description. If you leave it blank, again the name of the product will be added.

 

  Magento simple product meta information setting

 

Images

This is where the images belonging to a product should be uploaded. You have to select the images with the Browse Files button, then upload them with Upload Files. After uploading, you have to choose

  • which image should be the Base Image that will show on the product data sheet,
  • which should be the Small Image that will show in the product lists,
  • and which image should be the Thumbnail that will show on the product data sheet in the gallery at selection.

Label can also be set, which will be the title of the product image. You can set with check-box exclude which image should not appear (this is useful if you do not want to delete the image, only to, say, disable it temporarily). Obviously, remove deletes the selected image after saving.

Magento simple product images setting  

 

Recurring Profile

Recurring profiles are most frequently used for subscriptions or for purchase of a product in instalments. If the customers buy such products, they can pay for them only through PayPal (payment through PayPal has to be enabled and set).

Example: There is a newspaper that you have subscribed to and you pay for it in monthly instalments, so you pay once a month.

Settings:

Enable Recurring Profile: Set it to yes if you want to enable it.

 

Schedule

Customer Can Define Start Date: Whether you allow the customer to define the start date.

Schedule Description: Short description that appears on the “successful payment” page.

Maximum Payment Failures: After how many unsuccessful payments should it be suspended.

Auto Bill on Next Cycle: Set it to yes if you would like the system to automatically initiate the missed (unsuccessful) payments in the next billing cycle.

Example: there was not enough money on your (PayPal) account on the day of payment, so the payment was suspended. But later you put enough money on your account, so at the next payment the system withdraws the missed amount, too, if this is set to yes.

 

Billing

Billing Period Unit: Set the billing period (weekly, monthly etc.)

Billing Frequency: How frequent the billing should be.

Maximum Billing Cycles: Maximum number of cycles, so how many times should the billing take place (infinite number of cycles happen if left blank). Take a newspaper for example, the price of which is 1000, the Billing Period Unit is weekly, the Billing Frequency is 3, Maximum Billing Cycles is 5. This means that the payment takes place every 3 weeks and you pay 5 times in total, thus you pay 1000 every 3 weeks, totally spending 5000.

 

Trial Period

Settings of the Trial period has to be done the same way as described at the Billing section. The only difference is that here there is a Trial Billing Amount, which is the price during the trial period. I will show it through an example what this is really good for.

Example: Let’s presume that a new magazine is published that the customers are completely unfamiliar with, so it is possible that not so many people will be interested in it. This is when it is worth having an “Introductory” period and selling the product at a lower price (introductory price) and after this period is over, the product can again be sold at the original price.

 

Initial Fees

Initial Fee: This is a one time fee that has to be paid at the first occasion, provided it is set enabled.

Allow Initial Fee Failure: It cancels the subscription when set to yes if the initial one time fee is not paid. When it is set to no and the initial one time fee is not paid, the system will take this initial amount the next time when there is enough money in the account.

 

Magento simple product recurring profile setting    

 

Design

This is where you can set what kind of theme a specific product should appear in.

Custom Design: This is where the design pack can be selected.

Active From: From when the individual appearance shall be active (if left blank, it will be active from the date of setting, so the system ignores this option in this case).

Active To: End date of individual appearance (when blank, it is active for an indefinite time, if a certain date is set, the design will be reset for the original after its expiry).

Custom Layout Update: Custom Layout xml modification (Requires programming knowledge!)

Page Layout: Modification of page layout (e.g. the present one is 1 column layout and you would like to modify it to 2 columns).

Display Product Options In: Where to display the selectable options of a product (this is interesting in case of products that have selectable options, e.g. configurable, bundle etc. products).

Product Info column usually appears under the product price next to the image on the right hand side, Block after info column appears under the whole info block, so usually under the image.

 

Magento simple product design setting

 

Gift Options

You can allow here for the user to be able to enter a gift message during the purchase. If this is set to Yes, the system will ask the user during the purchase to enter the gift message (from whom, to whom, message). At the system settings it can be determined whether it should be possible to set individual messages concerning separate products or set a message for the whole order.

Magento simple produc gift options setting  

 

Inventory

Inventory management can be set here. Where User Config Settings is enabled, the system gets the values from the system settings.

Manage Stock: Whether inventory management should be allowed concerning this product.

Qty: How many pieces are in stock.

Qty for Item’s Status to Become Out of Stock: Beyond this number of pieces the product will be in “Out of Stock” status.

Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: Minimum quantity that can be purchased.

Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: Maximum quantity that can be purchased.

Qty Uses Decimals: Is it possible to use decimals in quantities, e.g. 1.5 litres.

Can be Divided into Multiple Boxes for Shipping: This option pops up after setting Qty Uses Decimals option to yes. This is where it can be set whether the product can be shipped in separate boxes.

Backorders: “No backorders” means that the product cannot be purchased if it is not in stock, “Allow Qty Below 0” means the product can be purchased (backordered) even if it is not in stock. ”Allow Qty Below 0, and Notify Customer” means the same as “Allow Qty Below 0”, but here the customer is also notified.

Notify for Quantity Below: Below what quantity should the system make a report on the stock of the product. (You can take a look at this under Reports -> Products -> Low Stock menu).

Enable Qty Increments: If this is enabled, the user can add the product to the cart only if it is added in the quantity entered in the Qty Increments options.

Stock Availability: Whether the product is in stock. If this is set to Out of Stock, the product cannot be purchased even if backorders are enabled. Qty and Stock Availability cannot be interpreted as the same, it is misleading for a lot of people that no matter if there are 3 pieces available of a product (Qty), it cannot be purchased if Stock Availability is set to Out of Stock.

Magento simple product inventory setting  

 

Websites

This is where you can set in which online stores your product should appear.

  Magento simple product websites setting  

 

Categories

This is where you can select in which categories the product should appear.

Magento simple product categories setting  

 

Related Products

This is where the related products can be selected. If you want to see the complete list, you have to click on the Reset Filter button on the right. Then you should pick out (tick the check-box) the related products. These products appear in the left or right sidebar on the data sheet of the actual product (of course this may differ depending on design).

Magento simple product relate -products setting

 

Up-sells

These are set the same way as Related Products. These are products that the ecommerce store offers to the customer. They appear at the bottom of the product data sheet.  

Cross-sells

This has to be set the same way as the Related Products. These products appear on the cart side. The aim of this function is to encourage the customer, still before purchasing, to buy even more products.  

Product Reviews

Product reviews that arrived on the product figure on this tab. The reviews can be modified (accepted or maybe their texts can be modified a little or deleted) by clicking on the Edit button.

Magento simple product product reviews setting

 

Product Tags

This is where the tags of a product appear. The logged in customer can put tags on a product on the product’s data sheet and that is also where the accepted, approved tags appear. The newly arrived (thus not yet accepted) tags can be approved or modified in admin under Catalog -> Tags -> Pending tags menu.

Magento simple product product tags setting

 

Customer Tagged Product

The list of the customers who tagged this product appear here.

Magento simple product customer tagged product setting  

 

Custom Options

These are the custom options of a product, which are a little bit similar to the options of the configurable product, but they are, after all, different.

This custom option setting allows you to create selectable custom options and thus avoid the creation and use of attributes.

 

Example:

Let’s take the earlier used example of the black cap. You would like to have the possibility of printing different stickers, logos, etc. on the cap. You have to do the settings in this case according to the following:

You have to click on the Add New Option button and enter the name of the option e.g. Printing stickers in the Title field then you should select at Input Type what type the option should be. Is Required – whether it should be obligatory to fill in this blank, Sort Order – this is for sorting the order.

 

Text – Field: this is a simple text field that is filled in by the customer, e.g. “I would like to have a BMW logo”. Enter into the Price field how much more expensive the product will be compared to its original price. Price Type means whether the price will be a certain amount higher or by a percentage of the original price. You can enter the eventual individual item number at SKU, at Max Characters you can put a character limit indicating how many characters can be entered by the customer at most.

 

Text – Area: text field, the customer can enter longer texts here. Further settings of it are the same as those of Text – Field.

 

File – File: The customer can upload different files, e.g. the BMW logo can be uploaded here.

At the further settings, at Allowed File Extensions you can enter – separated by commas or space – the allowed file extensions e.g. jpg, gif, png.

Enter to Maximum Image Size the maximum size of the images that can be uploaded. If the file is not an image, you should leave this field blank.

 

Select – Drop-down: in this case the administrator will fill in the offered options (see the attached image for such an example).

To add new options, you need to click on the Add New Row button. At the further settings the fields have to be filled in the same way as at Text – Field, the only difference is that here you have to enter in the title the name of the option that the customer will select. The customer can select one option.

 

Select – Radio Buttons: This has to be set the same way as Select – Drop-down, but these will be radio buttons. The customer can select one item.

 

Select – Check-box: This has to be set the same way as Select – Drop-down, but these will be check-boxes that can be ticked. The customer can select several items.

 

Select – Multiple Select: This is the same as Select – Drop-down, the only difference is that the customer can select several items.

 

Date – Date: The customer can select the date here.

Date – Date & Time: This is where the date and time can be selected.

Date – Time: This is where only the time can be selected.

 

Magento simple product custom options setting   Magento simple product custom options setting

 

Thus the setting of the simple product is finished. Save the product by clicking on the Save button.

 

Configurable product

Before creating a configurable product, there must be an attribute or attributes that you can use for configuration (I will write about that in detail in the attributes section).

  1. As the first step when creating the product, select type Configurable.
  2. Then you have to choose which attributes you would like to use for configuration, so what the customer will be able to choose from.

 

Magento configurable product setting

 

3) After that, enter everything the same way as you did in the case of the simple product except for the Inventory, because here it depends on the simple products associated to it whether it will in stock.

4) The associated simple products can be found on the Associated Products  tab.

The associated products can be created in two different ways. You either create them as the simple products or by using the Quick simple product creation section. I suggest the latter one because it is faster.

When choosing the latter one, fill in the fields, then the associated product is created by clicking on the Quick Create button. You will find the preselected attributes here that the customer will be able to select (e.g. Size, Colour).

If you would like to quickly modify the product after the Quick Create, click on the Edit button in the list below where a window pops up. You can modify here what you need to.

 

Magento configurable product setting quick  

 

Below, there are a couple of options with which you can make a product or products more expensive than others (e.g. you would like to raise the price of Size 39 by 500 compared to the other sizes. Either a fixed price or a price expressed in the percentage of the original price can be set. This setting may also pop up when filling in the above form, provided there is no product yet in this size or colour, namely: if this option is not included in the Super product attribute configuration section.

You can enter the text under Attribute Name that the customer will see. If Use default is checked, the original text will appear.

Magento configurable product setting super  

 

Grouped product

Settings of the grouped product are similar to those of the configurable product.

  1. As the first step when creating the product, select Grouped Product.
  2. You have to tick the products associated to it on the Associated Products You can set the Default Qty in the list, namely the default quality that will be set by default on the product data sheet (of course, this can be modified by the customer). You can reach the complete list at Reset Filter in case you would like to add associated products.

 

Magento grouped product setting  

 

Bundle product

  1. As the first step when creating the product, select Bundle Product.
  2. The difference here on the General tab, compared to the simple product settings, is that the item number (SKU) and weight can be set to dynamic (this will be visible in the order, if set to dynamic the item numbers are aggregated e.g. test-1 and test-2 will be test-1-test-2).
  3. On the Prices tab the price field is dynamic, so you cannot enter the price because it is calculated from the sub-product.

In the Price View field you can set how the price should appear on the product data sheet and in the lists. As Low As means the initial price, the minimum price of the bundle product. At Price Range the price is expressed as a “from-to” value, so the minimum and maximum prices appear (the minimum in this case means the price when the customer buys the least, usually 1 item, from the bundle product, the maximum means the price when the customer buys the whole package, so all items of it).

 

  1. Items of the bundle product appear on the Bundle Items

 

You have to add here the products that are to be part of the bundle product.

It has to be set in the following way:

It has to be set at Ship Bundle Items whether the product items may be shipped Separately or Together.

The Bundle Items part is below this, where new options may be added with Add New Option on the right side.

When adding a new option, title of the selection e.g. Camera Objective has to be entered to Default Title.

Type of the selection should be chosen at Input Type, whether it shall be Drop-down, Radio buttons, Check-box or Multiple select.

Is Required means whether it is obligatory for the customer to choose from this section.

Position means in which position it should be if there are several choices.

Products can be added to this selection with the Add Selection button.

The complete list can be reached at Reset Filter where you have to select the product. Qty to Add is the default quality to be selected.

Then you have to click on the Add Selection Product(s) to Option button above.

When this is done, you will see the added products. In case it is Drop-down or Radio Button type, you can set beside Default Qty whether the customer may modify the quantity of the added product (User Defined Qty). That is not an option in case of the other types and it is always the quantity set in the Default Qty field that will be added to the cart.

With the Default switch, it can be set whether the given option should be enabled on the product data sheet by default.

 

Magento bundle product setting  

 

Virtual product

Virtual products have to be set the same way as simple products.

  1. As the first step when creating the product, select Virtual Product at the product type.
  2. The only difference on the General tab is that no weight needs to be entered here as virtual products do not have any weight. The rest is the same as with the simple product.
  3. Stock management is usually not used at this type since it is not likely that these products run out of stock, so set Manage Stock to no on the Inventory tab in this case.

The customer does not have to enter a shipping address when purchasing a Virtual product since this type of product cannot be shipped.

 

Downloadable product

Downloadable products have to be set almost exactly the same way as simple products only here there is an extra Downloadable Information tab.

  1. As the first step, select Downloadable Product at the product type.
  2. Just like in case of the virtual product, you do not need to enter the weight of the product on the General tab as there isn’t any, and usually stock management is not used with this type either (of course you still have the option).
  3. The following has to be set on the Downloadable Information tab:

At the Links section:

Title: Title of the downloadable products should be entered (e.g. Documents).

Links can be purchased separately: This is where you can set whether the downloadable products can be purchased separately.

Then by clicking on the Add New Row button below, you can add further items.

Title has to be set here, which will be the title of the item (e.g. BMW e46 manual)

Price may only be entered if it is allowed that the downloadable items be purchased separately, because in this case prices of the items have to be entered here. If the product can be purchased only as a whole, the original price that appears on the Price tab will apply.

Max. Downloads: This is where you can set how many times the user can download the purchased product. If you do not wish to limit this, tick the Unlimited check-box.

Shareable: If you would like it if the customer, who bought the downloadable product, could share it with others, set this to Yes. In this case the product can be viewed by anyone by sending, sharing its link. If this is set to No, only the logged in customer can view the product who actually bought it.

Sample: This can be either a file or a link, which is a preview that appears on the product data sheet (e.g. in case of a book, usually the summary on the back-cover of the book is uploaded in some form that may be an image, PDF etc.).

File: This is where the complete version of the downloadable item is uploaded, which may be a file or a link (the link may point to a downloadable file etc.).

Sort Order: Should there be several downloadable items, the order of appearance is set here.

 

There is a Samples section (rarely used in my opinion) above the Link part. If you upload items here, too, they will also appear on the product data sheet the same way as in case of Sample in the Links section. This (Sample) is actually the preview of the whole downloadable product, while in the Links section separate previews may be uploaded for each downloadable item.

 

Magento downloadable product setting  

Creation and setting of the products is completed now.

 

What is a product attribute and what is an attribute set (attribute group)?

 

What is a product attribute?

Product attributes define the characteristics of the products, e.g. the colour of a product, its weight, its size, its description etc. In my opinion, this has been very well elaborated in Magento and can be nicely used both by developers and online store administrators.

Product attributes can be filtered very well in the search engines, e.g. if someone is only interested in black coloured size M T-shirts. It is important from the point of view of customer experience that the users are able to easily and successfully search in an ecommerce store. For this reason, attributes and attribute sets of the store must be designed very thoroughly.

 

What is an attribute set (attribute group)?

An attribute set (attribute group) is, as its name suggests, the grouping of attributes.

Example: Let’s assume that you sell T-shirts and laptops in your online store. In this case you create two attribute sets with the appropriate attributes. Why? Because, for example, the T-shirt does not have memory size, processor frequency, hard drive size, the same way as the computer does not have a colour (though this would even be possible in some cases). Because of this, you create an attribute set for the T-shirts, let’s call it Clothing, and another one for the computer, e.g. IT Equipment.

It is not advisable to create separate attribute sets for each and every product type as you should simplify as much as possible, but make sure that a logical concept is followed (shown in the above example of the T-shirts and laptops).

 

How to create product attributes and attribute sets (attribute groups)?

 

Creating an attribute

In admin go to menu Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attributes.

There click on Add New Attribute above on the right.

The form needs to be filled in the following way:

 

1) On the Properties tab:

 

Attribute Properties

Attribute Code:

Unique identifier of the attribute (no space or accents are allowed in it and it cannot be longer than 30 characters) e.g. colour, size, memory_size.

 

Scope:

This defines at what level the values of the attributes can be modified.

Global: equal, everywhere the same value.

Website: its value may vary by online store (so if you have 2 ecommerce stores, the product will be on sale from 1 February in one of them and from 1 March in the other).

Store View: This may be different by store view (for example you have two store views, one of them is in Spanish, where the URL key is producto-muy-bueno, and the other is in English, where it is very-good-product).

 

Catalog Input Type for Store Owner:

This is where the input type of the attribute has to be selected.

Text Field: simple text field

Text Area: text area field

Date: date format

Yes/No: Yes/No type

Multiple Select: multiple choice type

Drop-down: drop-down type

Price: price type

Media Image: image type, lots of settings disappear if selected

Fixed Product Tax: fixed tax type, lots of settings disappear if selected

 

Default Value:

This is where you can set the default value to be filled in at the creation of each product (this is useful when this value is frequently repeated at the products because you have to type less).

 

Unique Value:

This is where you can set whether a given value should be unique. Let’s say there is already a product in the store, with a memory capacity of 8 GB. However, there is another product in case of which you would like to set the same value. If the unique value is set to yes, the system indicates that this value is already in use. So in this case two products cannot have the same value.

 

Values Required:

Whether it is obligatory or optional to fill in the field.

 

Input Validation for Store Owner:

Whether the system should verify at the input whether the given data is adequate.

Decimal Number: whether it is a decimal number

Integer Number: whether it is an integer number

Email: whether it is of e-mail type

URL: whether it is of URL type

Letters: whether it is made up of letters

Letters (a-z, A-Z) or Numbers (0-9): whether it is made up of letters or numbers

 

 

Apply To:

Which product types the attribute should apply to, if to all, then All Product Types.

 

Front-end Properties

Use in Quick Search:

Whether the value of the product attribute should be searched in a quick search engine. If yes, then searching for, say, the word “red”, the system will find the products with which this value is set.

 

Use in Advanced Search:

Whether this attribute should appear in advanced search.

 

Comparable on Front-end:

Whether the product could be comparable based on this attribute.

 

Use In Layered Navigation:

Whether it should be used in layered (also called narrow-down) navigation. If yes, then this attribute will appear and will be able to be searched for by the customer. Only drop-down, multiple select and price type attributes can be used for this.

 

Use In Search Results Layered Navigation:

This is almost the same as the previous one above, only this sets whether the attribute should appear in layered navigation following the search.

 

Use for Promo Rule Conditions:

If you would like to use the attribute among the conditions of the promotion rules, set this to yes. For example, if there is a rule that gives 10% discount from the price of the red coloured T-shirt, this has to be set to yes at the colour attribute in order to be able to set the rule.

 

Position:

In which position should it appear in the layered navigation.

 

Allow HTML Tags on Front-end:

This can be set only in case of Text Field, Text Area. This defines whether HTML tags may be used when entering an attribute value.

 

Visible on Product View Page on Front-end:

Available only in case of Simple and Virtual Products. This sets whether the attribute should appear at the Additional Information on the product data sheet.

 

Used in Product Listing:

Whether the attribute should appear at the summary part on the product list pages. In other words, whether this value should be displayed in the list. This also depends on the theme.

 

Used for Sorting in Product Listing:

Whether it may be used for sorting in product listing. This, too, depends on the theme.

 

Magento product attribute create setting  

 

2) On Manage Label / Options tab:

Manage Titles

This will be the name of the attribute by store view (provided there are several) that will appear on the page.

Admin: This is how it will appear in admin.

Default Store View (note: its name might have been changed by an administrator): this is how it will appear in the default view that the customer sees.

If there are several, all of them will be listed here. If the fields are left blank, the system will always get the values from the admin field.

 

Manage Options (values of your attribute):

As the text in brackets suggests, these are the attribute values.

This has to be entered only in case of drop-down and multiple select.

You can add a new one with Add Option.

It has to be filled in the same way as at Manage Titles, only here there is the position of the attribute values in addition. If Is Default is ticked, this will be selected by default at the creation of the product.

 

Magento product attribute setting  

 

Creating attribute sets

In admin go to Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attribute Sets menu then click on the Add New Set button.

Creating an attribute set is quite easy.

  1. As the first step, you need to enter its name and then in Based On you have to define based on what should it be created. It is advisable to use the Default (if there is one).
  2. After this, you will arrive on a new page by clicking on the Save Attribute Set button where you can add the desired attributes.

The name of the group can be modified in the left column.

The attributes on the right have to be put in the middle column. They are divided into several sub-groups here, which is useful from the point of view of transparency. Also, e.g. the memory_size attribute should not be on the prices tab as it does not belong there. Of course you can create a new sub-group by clicking on the Add New button.

On the right, the attributes that are not yet part of this attribute set are listed.

Attributes may be removed if you would not like them to belong to the attribute set.

 

Magento product attribute set create setting

 

 


  • Ahmed Alam

    Hi, is there any way to disable or hide the product types we don’t want in our system?

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