In this tutorial we'll cover one of the most important aspects of managing an online shop - products. The tutorial includes the following topics:
- How to add products in Magento
- How to add images to your products
- How to manage product attributes
- How to manage product tags
- How to configure the quantity of your products
- How to manage your products' prices, discounts, etc
How to Add Products in Magento
You can add products from the Magento admin area > Catalog > Manage Products > Add Product (located at the top right of the page).
You need to select the product's settings (Attribute Set and Product Type) and click Continue.
On the next page you will have to fill in the product options (Name, SKU (Stock Keeping Unit), Weight, Status (Enabled/Disabled), Tax Class, etc). You can also add custom attributes to the product using the Create New Attribute button.
When ready, click Save and Continue Edit to go to the next step. Here you will have to fill in the price for your product. You can also add additional price options such as Tier Price and Special Price.
Click Save and Continue Edit to go to the next screen where you will be asked to enter some description for your product.
Click Save and Continue Edit and the product will be saved. You can further customize the product from the Product Information menu on the left. In order for the product to show up on your front page, make sure you set it as In Stock from the Inventory option in the left menu.
How to Add Images to Your Products
Adding an image to a product in Magento is simple. All you need to do is select the product which you want to add an image to from the product list available in the Magento admin area > Catalog > Manage Products.
Once the product is selected, click the Images option available in the Product Information menu on the left.
Click Browse Files and locate the file on your computer which you want to use as a product image. Then click Upload Files to upload the image to your shop. Finally, label your image and choose where it should appear using the radio buttons on the right. Click Save to save your product's image.
How to Manage Product Attributes
Clicking on the [Create New Attribute] button will allow you to add attributes to your products:
Once you are ready with the attribute, click on the [Save Attribute] button. Then you can click on the [Save] button in order to store your product information.Finally, you need to assign the new product to a chosen category:
How to Manage Product Tags
By default Magento includes the option to allow customers to tag your products. When a customer tags a certain product, the tag appears as pending and must be approved before it can show up on the product page.
Let's add a tag to our product, approve it and see how it then shows up on the product page. To add a tag to a product, simply write the tag word in the Add Your Tags: field available on the product page and click Add Tags. We'll add "Great" as a tag. A confirmation message will show up saying that the tag has been accepted for moderation:
Now go to your Magento admin area > Catalog > Tags > Pending Tags to view all your pending tags. In our case, there will be only one pending tag for the word "Great":
Click it and you will be taken to a page where you can change the status of the tag. It will appear as "Pending", so le't change it to "Approved" and click Save Tag.
Now that the tag has been approved, all other customers will see it on the product page.
You can also manage tags on a per-product basis. Go to your Magento admin area > Catalog > Manage Products and click the product the tags of which you want to check. Then from the left menu click Product Tags and you will see all the tags for that product.