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How to assign Attributes and Options to your Products

Overview of Products, Attributes and Options

Products, Attributes  and Options are ways of organising items in your store to make it easy for shoppers to buy from you. Used correctly, they can reduce the amount of actual product pages you have in your online store - making it easy for customers to find items, as well as helping improve SEO, by stopping search engines listing duplicate content for your site.

When would you use Attributes and Options?
You would use Attributes and Options when you sell an item that is available in various forms.

Example 1: You sell paint. The paint is available in 7 colours, and all the paints colours are sold in the one size - 1 litre cans. Instead of displaying 7 individual products (7 product pages 1 page for each colour), you display 1 product page, with 1 Attribute named Colour that displays 7 different Options in a dropdown menu, which in this case are colours - all on the one page. See Image 1.

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Example 2: You sell computer systems that are available in various configurations. The most efficient way to show these configurations is with a series of dropdown menus. Each dropdown menu is an Attribute and has a number of Options assigned to it. See Image 2.

Attribute 1: Hard Disk with 2 Options available, 250 GIG ESATA or 500 GIG ESATA.
Attribute 2: RAM with 3 Options available, 2GB Generic, 4GB Generic or 6 GB Kingston.
Attribute 3: GRAPHICS CARD with 2 Options available, 256 MB NVIDEA GTS & 512 MB ATI
Attribute 4: WIRELESS with 2 Options available, Yes or No
Attribute 5: MONITOR with 2 Options available, 17" LCD BENQ or 21" LCD SAMSUNG

Each Attributes Option can also be assigned a price. eg 17" LCD BENQ or 21" LCD SAMSUNG (+$275.00)
The extra cost is added to the shopping cart and totaled with products base price. See Image 3.

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 NOTE: You can have as many Attributes and Options as you like.
 

How are Products, Attributes and Options structured?
In image 4 below:
1. The Product is called Womens T Shirt Example 3.
2. The Attributes Colour & Size are assigned to the Product.
3. A number of Options are assigned to the first Attribute "Colour" - Black, Blue, Green, Red etc.)
3. A number of Options are assigned to the second Attribute "Size" - 10, 12, 14 etc.)

- So the page shows that: Womens T Shirt Example 3 is available in 4 colours and 3 Sizes.

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How do I assign Attributes and Options to my Product?
You assign Attributes and Options to Products by navigating to: 
ADMIN-> Categories/Products->Products Attributes

STEP 1.
CREATING ATTRIBUTES

First you must create an Attribute. The top left of the page is where this is done.
1. Enter the name of your Attribute, such colour, size, style etc..
2 .Click the "Insert" Button (A)

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STEP 2.
Creating Options

The top right is where you create and assign Options to Attributes. Most Attributes will always have more than one Option assigned to it. (See Image 6)

1. In the drop down on the the left (A), select the Attribute you want to assign an Option to.
2. Enter a value in the next box (B).
3. Click the "Insert"button (C).

IMAGE 6

STEP 3.
Assign Attributes and Options to your Products.

The lower part of the page is where you assign Options and Attributes to Products.
than one Option assigned to it. (See Image 7)

1. In the dropdown menu on the the left (A), select the Product you want to assign an Attribute and Option to.
2. In the next dropdown menu (B), select the desired Attribute.
3. In the next dropdown menu (C), select the desired Option.
4. Enter a price for this Option if it has one (D). Prices are shown as EX GST. If you want to reduce a products price based on  a selected option enter the dollar value and in the next step enter a - symbol.
5. Enter a + or - to indicate an increase or decrease in the products price.
6. Enter a number to sort the order in which your Options appear (E).
7. Click the "Insert" button (F).

Assign more Attributes and Options as required.
 
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Quick cloning of Attributes and Options to other Products.

You can clone or copy a Products Attributes and its Options to another Product. (See Image 8)

1. In the dropdown menu on the the left, select the Product you want to copy the Attributes and Options from.
2. In the next dropdown select the Product you want to copy the Attributes and Options to.
3. Click the "Update" button.

Assign more Attributes and Options as required.
 
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MORE INFORMATION

Attributes and Options can also be assigned to Products directly in the Products creation page.







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