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Product attributes individual product attributes

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Product Attributes: Individual Product Attributes Attributes are additional information provided to the clients that enable them to make informed decisions about the products they are looking at. Some examples of attributes are: color, size, design, and manufacturer. Product attributes can also contain additional information that is hidden from the customer, including true product cost, manufacturer’s name, history, and other internal information. To create a new product attribute set, visit Catalog Attributes Manage Attribute. Product Attributes: Product Attribute Sets Once you’ve configured a few individual product attributes, you can build product attribute sets. Sets are huge time savers. Instead of creating attributes, add each attribute individually to a product. When you create a new product you can select an attribute set that already has a predefined assignment of attributes you have set up for your product. To create a new product attribute set visit, Catalog Attributes Manage Attribute Sets and click the Add new set button in the upper left-hand corner. Not only do you control what information is required for different types of products through attributes, you can also control what information is required to gather from the client. Not all attributes are required to fulfill customer orders. Creating a Simple Product Once you’ve created your categories, you’ll need to create products to fill those categories. To get started, navigate to Catalog Manage Products and click add product in the upper right-hand corner. If you set up any attribute sets, you will be presented with two drop down menus before you begin. One asks you to select an Attribute Set and a Product type. To start, let’s select Default for Attribute Set and Simple Product for Product Type (see Figure 5-3). Figure 5-3. Selecting an Attribute Set and Product Type to begin the product creation process
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CHAPTER 5 WORKING WITH PRODUCTS 81 Next is the Product Information screen where you configure all the necessary information about your product. It consists of 13 different areas: General, Prices, Meta Information, Images, Description, Design, Inventory, Web sites, Categories, Related Products, Up-sells, Cross-sells, and Custom options. Product Information: General The General section contains much of the core required information for creating a new product. The required fields are: Name, SKU, Weight, Status, Tax Class, and Visibility. With the status drop down, you can quickly enable and disable products. You can also set products to a new status under the Set Product as New From Date and Set Product as New to Date. This gives you the ability to feature New products as they are added to your store (see Figure 5-4). Figure 5-4. Production Information Page, General tab Product Information: Prices The Prices section contains all pricing information for products. The only required field is the basic Price field. The field called cost is for internal use only, dealing with reporting and is not viewable by customers. Tier Price not only lets you set up quantity base pricing, but quantity-based pricing per
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