How to create Simple Products – Just IT Hosting
Now that we have setup all the basic framework (we have setup the theme, shipping, payment, taxes, pages, etc.,) on which to build the store, let’s now create a product catalog.
First group your products into appropriate categories. So that, it is easier for your customers to find your products.
For example, if your creating a fashion store the most probable categories would be Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, etc., And if your planning to create a Computer store, the categories would be Desktop, Laptop, Printers, UPS, etc.,
So, first let’s create a Category for our online store. In the Website builder dashboard (Refer Fig 01 in How to start your own Online Store – First Time Setup), under Store menu click on Products – Categories. Next click on the Add button.
Enter a name for your category, a SEO title and description. Click on Save.
Next let’s create a simple product for our online store.
Before creating the simple product ensure that you have the following data about your product handy.
Back in the website builder dashboard, you can see that we have already created some products. Using the Featured tab, you can make some of the products Featured. The Featured products will show up on the Home page under Featured products section. (Refer
Fig. 00 : How to edit Home page )
Under Store menu – Products – click on Add Products. To add a new product click on Add button.
In the Add products window, enter the product name, sku, category, tax, price, product description, etc., Click on Show on store under Visibility. Ensure that you have web optimized images and click on Add images link to add images to your product.
Next click on Inventory & Options tab.
If you want to manage the stock inventory through this store backend, toggle the track inventory to yes and enter the product stock quantity. Also, note that you can allow Backorders.
Backorders are when the product stock quantity is 0 and yet you allow your customers to go ahead with the checkout process. If you allow backorders, ensure that you restock the product as soon as possible and deliver the product within the minimum ETA you have previously defined in your Store operating procedures.
Instead you can maintain a minimum threshold of say 10 or 20 (based on your demand situation) and restock the product quantity when the stock hits the minimum threshold. Next click on the Shipping tab.
Select the radio button Calculate for me using my Shipping methods and enter the product dimensions like Length, Width, Height and product weight. All the information you enter here will be used by the shipping service provider to calculate the shipping rates.
So, make sure that you enter all the information to the best of your knowledge. Next click on the Search Engines tab.
Enter the SEO optimized title and description in the appropriate fields. In this window, you can also see the SEO url for this product. Click on Save or click on Save and Add another to add more products to your catalog.
And this is how the simple product would appear to the customer on the frontend. With the title, with the price, with the add to cart button, with the images and with the description. Please note that we have also put this product up for sale.
This can be done by entering the Sale price value in the Add products window. Refer Fig 04 above.
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