How to add and manage products in Magento?
Since the main idea of creating an online store is to sell various products to your customers you need to familiarize yourself with the process of adding such right after you have installed your Magento application.
In this section of our tutorial we will show you how to add and manage products on your platform.
You should first access the administration area of your website and navigate to Products > Catalog:
You will be then redirected to the overview page containing the products you have already added to your store. There you can review the items, edit them or add a new one. We will now show you how to add new product due to the fact that editing an existing one is a very similar action and you will be able to deal with both of the once you follow the article to it end.
In our example we will show you the procedure of adding a Simple Product and in the next chapters of the tutorial we will explain the difference and the main idea of the other product types in Magento.
As a start you need to click on the Add Product button on the top right side of the screen and select Simple Product:
You will be presented with the New Product page on which you will be required to fill in the details associated with the item you want to add. As you should be able to see the page in question is divided in several sections and in order to make it easier to understand the whole process we will cover them one by one.
The first section is associated with few of the most important entries you need to fill in when adding a new product:
The options you need to setup here are the following:
Enable Product – here you should specify if you want to make the product available for purchase or not.
Attribute set – here you can specify the set of attributes to assign to the product.
Product Name – the name that will be visible for the customers of your store.
SKU – a unique code for identifying the product for inventory purposes.
Price – the specific amount that you want to sell the product for.
Tax Class – here you should specify the tax class for the item in question.
Quantity – specify what amount you have in stock of this product.
Stock Status – here you should specify if the products is in stock or out of stock.
Weight – you should enter the weight of the product due to the fact that it might be used when calculating the shipping costs.
Categories – enter the categories under which you want the product to be displayed.
Visibility – this is the place where you can make the product visible both in the catalog and search results, just one of them or completely invisible for the customers.
Set Product as New From – since some of the customers that use your store frequently might be interested only in the lately added items it is a good idea to specify the period in which the product will be considered as a new one.
Country of Manufacture – this is the country where the product was fabricated.
The next section when adding a product is the Content one, where you just need to fill in a description and short description for your product, that will be visible for your customers.
The Configurations section is associated with the configurable products, which we will cover later in our tutorial. Here you can choose options such as color and variation of specific product. As you can see from the image, you should have created a simple product for each variation:
Next comes the Images And Videos section where you can add an image or video to describe the product even better:
As you should already know the SEO is mandatory for your online business. That is why the Magento developers have implemented the opportunity to add Search Engine Friendly URLs and tags to your products. This can be done via the Search Engine Optimization:
Looking down the page you will get to the Related Products, Up-Sells, and Cross-Sells section:
Here you can benefit from linking additional products to the current one, which can boost the sells you can make. The options are the following:
Related Products – these are such items that can relate to the product currently viewed. For example if you are adding Jeans you can successfully add a belt as a related item.
Up-Sell Products – here you can add items that offer the customer a higher-quality product of the same type.
Cross-Sell Products – usually the items added here are commonly purchased ones. Linking products using this option can remind the customer to buy something even if they haven’t meant to do so.
The Customizable Options section, which comes next, gives you the ability to set various options to your products that the customers would be able to choose from. For example you can add different sizes of the same item:
The next three sections – Product in Websites, Design and Schedule Design Update are associated with the appearance of your product and you can edit them in the way you want to make it look like.The last option you can configure here is located in the Downloadable Information and it is associated with downloadable (virtual) products:
Once you have configured everything you just need to click on the Save button on the top of the page and the product would be successfully added to your store: