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How to add Product Options

Auctiva Commerce allows you to define one or more unique options for a product. These options are presented to customers when they are purchasing a product. For example, if you are selling clothing, you may offer selections in both color and size. Combined, these selections are considered to be variants (for example, offering shirts in both Small Blue and Large Blue). This tutorial will show you how to create a comprehensive set of variants for a given product.

Step 1. Select the Product.
  • Go to Inventory> Manage Inventory. The Manage Inventory page will load.
  • Navigate to the product that will have options added to it using the Categories box.
  • Click on the Edit link. The product Details page will load.
  • Click on the Options tab.
Step 2. Define the Options.
  • Option: In the Option field, enter the type of option you are creating. Because this will be the value displayed to your store customers, it should be clear to understand (e.g., size, length, color, etc.).
  • Choices: In the Choices field, create a comma-separated list of choices. These values will be used to populate the drop-down list that customers make their selection. Note that you cannot use a comma in your list of choices; the comma is reserved to distinguish between the options. When complete, click the Add button.
Step 3. Define the Options Display.

Once you have defined multiple options, you can arrange the order in which they are displayed to the user. Note that the selection of one option does not control what a user can select in another option. The purpose of ordering options is to make the selection process easier and more sensible for your customers.

  • Use the green Order up/down arrows to move options up and down.
Step 4. Define the display of the Choices for each Option.
  • For a given option (e.g., Color), click on the Edit icon. The Option Choices page will load.
  • You can arrange the order that options are displayed to the user. The purpose of ordering options is to make the selection process easier and more sensible for your customers (e.g., Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large). Use the green Order up/down arrows to move values up and down.
Step 5. Define details about the Choices for each Option.
  • Click on the Edit Choices button. The Edit Choices page will load.
  • New Name: For each of the choices, you will notice that the Name field is populated (e.g., Small or Extra Large). If you want to change this value (for example, S or XL), you could do so.
  • Swatch: Click on the Find icon to locate an existing image that will indicate the style of product.
  • Image: Click on the Find icon to locate an existing image that will show the product.
  • Price Mod: Enter a price that is specific to the model.
  • Weight Mod: Enter a price that is specific to the model.
  • SKU Mod: Enter a price that is specific to the model.
  • When complete with the changes, click the Save button.
Step 6. Define details about the Swatches.
  • Swatches are small images that display a sample of a product variation (e.g., a pattern, color, or texture).
  • Click on the Edit Options button. The Edit Options page will load. For each of the options, define whether the swatch should be displayed to customers, the dimensions of the swatch in pixels, and the number of swatches that should be displayed side-by-side on a line.
  • When complete with the changes, click the Save button.
Step 7. Define details about the Variants.

Note: If you want to enable Inventory Tracking per variant, you need to enable this feature in the product Details page. Click on the Details tab. The product Details page will load. In the Inventory Control section, find the Inventory Tracking field and choose the "Track Variants" option. Click the Save button on the top of the page. Now, return to the Options page by clicking on the Options tab.

  • Click on the Manage Variants button. The Variants page will load. Note that by default the fields are already populated with the values you have entered previously. This page gives you the opportunity to slightly modify each of these. Consider an example where you are selling screwdrivers in different colors (yellow or black), types (slotted or Phillips), sizes (8-inch or 12-inch), and grade (homeowner or professional). The combination of these variations will produce different values.
  • SKU: Update the SKU with the value specific to the variant.
  • Price: Update the price specific to the variant. You can use both positive and negative values. From the drop-down list, choose Modify if you are increasing/decreasing the price from the price defined on the Details tab. Choose Override if you are replacing the price as defined on the Details tab.
  • Weight: Update the field to the specific weight of the variant. You can use both positive and negative values. From the drop-down list, choose Modify if you are increasing/decreasing the weight from the weight defined on the Details tab. Choose Override if you are replacing the weight as defined on the Details tab.
  • COGS: Enter the Cost of Goods Sold specific to the variant.
  • Available: By default, this checkbox is selected, indicating that this variation of the product is available for customers to purchase. If that is not the case, clear this checkbox.
  • When complete with the changes, click the Save button. Then, click the Manage Options button.

This completes the Create Options task.

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