Creating & editing products

To create a new product, just navigate to the Products -> All Products page in the left sidebar menu.

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You will then be on the All Products page. To start the process of creating a new product, click on the Create Product button at the top right of the screen.

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Or if you are editing an existing product navigate to Prodigy -> All Products and then click on the line with particular product that you want to edit.

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The first field to complete is the product title. It’s a required field for product creation.

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The next field is the product description. You can customize the description style using the WYSIWYG text editor.

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In the Images section which comes next, you can assign images to your products. You can upload up to 10 images per product and the order of the images can be updated by drag & drop.

The first image, which is displayed slightly larger, will be used as a product primary image and will be displayed on the frontend of the website on all product list pages.

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The next section is related to the product price. Along with the regular price you may also set a Sale price if required. Click on the On Sale toggle in order to expand fields Sale Price and Sale Period.

If you leave the Sale Period field blank, the product will be continuously on sale until you manually change the On Sale toggle or add a Sale Period

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The Product Inventory section allows for two different approaches to managing inventory.  You can either manually set the Stock Status or you can track the exact quantity that is available. 

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When you click on the Track Inventory toggle, the Stock Status is replaced with the Quantity field where you can specify the exact number of products which you have available.

If you want your customers to be able to continue ordering a product after the quantity reaches zero, you can check the Allow customers to purchase when out of stock checkbox.  If it is not checked, the product will be unavailable for purchase on your storefront.

SKU (stock keeping unit) is a unique code assigned to a product. If you leave it blank, it will be generated automatically. 

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In the Shipping & Taxes section, you can indicate if the product requires shipping and if it is taxable.  If the product requires shipping, you will need to enter the weight and dimensions of the product.  If the product is taxable, you should check if it belongs to any of the special tax categories in the dropdown. Certain tax jurisdictions have special rates and exemptions that apply to certain categories of products.

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In the next section, you can associate descriptive attributes and values to the product.  If the product has attributes, start entering some value in the Attribute field and you will see the list of existing product attributes. If there are no suitable options in the dropdown list, you may click on the Add Attribute button which appears once you enter a unique attribute name and create your custom attribute. Same for the Attribute Values - you may either select existing values from the list or add new Attribute Values.  You can change the order of Attribute Values by drag & drop.

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There are two types of attributes: those that are purely Descriptive and do not require a selection before adding to a cart and those that are considered Options where a selection must be made before adding the product to a cart.  Attributes that are Options are used to generate product variants.  If the attribute you are adding is an option, enter them in the Options for Variants section and click on the Manage Pricing & Inventory for variants toggle.

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If you added Options in the attributes section and generated variants, you will see the list of variants in the next section. If you click the Edit button, you will see the details and certain fields that you can override at the variant level, such as price, inventory, sale price, SKU and visibility status.

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You can also connect images to product variants that will override the featured image on the product page when the Manage Pricing & Inventory for variants toggle is enabled.

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Images can be associated with particular Option Values. Select the Option that the images depend on and assign images to each value.

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In the related products section that comes next, you can associate products that are up-sells and cross-sells to the product that you are editing. Up-sell products are generally displayed on the product page to encourage the customer to upgrade to a more expensive product. Cross-sell products are generally displayed on the order confirmation page to encourage the purchase of additional complimentary products.

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In the right column of the edit product page, you will see an option to edit the product Visibility status. If toggle is on, the product will be listed on your storefront; when it is off, customers will not see the product on the storefront.

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Below the Visibility section you can assign product Categories.

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By clicking on the Edit button you will expand the Product Categories modal window where you can select the categories that the product belongs to.

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Just below the Categories section you may find the Tags section.  Just start typing the name of an existing tag to select it or create a new one.

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The Name that you give to the tag is what will be visible on the frontend of your website when customers are navigating by tag or viewing a product page.  

Tags are attached to the product as soon as you enter the required value into the Tags field (it’s not necessary to submit changes on the product form itself).

If you want to delete a product tag you can simply click on the ‘x’ button next to the tag’s name. In the same way as it works for tag creation, changes are applied immediately, there is no need to submit changes on the product page.

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That's everything that you need to know about creating and editing products. In the next article we will look at Managing product categories.