Advanced product options

Updated on 20-October-2016 at 10:16 AM

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Adding metadata for individual products

Configuring the product

You can add metadata to individual products which will give each product page its own unique SEO properties.

  1. Select E-Commerce > Products, then select one of your products from the list.

    If you have not created any products, see Creating Products

  2. Click to expand the SEO Metadata section

  3. Specify the following:
    • Product Title - This is used as the title of the large product page.
    • Product Meta Description - This is added as the meta description for the large product page.
  4. Click Save.

The next step is to customize your product detail layout to add the SEO meta data to the head of your product detail pages.

Customizing the product layout

  1. Select Site Manager > Module Templates, and then select Online Shop Layouts.  
  2. Select the Individual Product Large Layout and then click the HTML view.
  3. Create the <head> and </head> tags if they're not already in the HTML view.
  4. Enter the below between the <head> and </head> tags:
  5. Save the layout.

The information you entered in the product Metadata description field will now be added to the meta data in the head of your product pages. To test this, preview one of your products and view the HTML source.

Tip: SEO Metadata can also be imported using the product import template.

Create subscription-based products

You can sell products that require ongoing payments, such as subscription services. When a customer purchases the product, a new order is created for each payment.

Example: A product with a monthly cycle creates new orders each month and automatically charges the customer's credit card.

Note:This type of product can only be set up using a real-time seamless payment gateway that supports recurring payments. See Supported payment gateway providers.

  1. Add a product by selecting E-Commerce > Products, clicking Add Product, and specifying the product properties.

    For more information, see Add a product .

  2. Expand the More Options section and select the payment frequency from the Cycle Type menu.

  3. Click Save.

  4. Add the product to a catalog.

    For more information, see Creating Catalogs

Use Drop Shipping Functionality

Use drop shipping to notify a third-party wholesaler or manufacturer of purchases on your online shop. The third-party supplier can then dispatch the goods directly to your customers. For more details, see Drop shipping  on Wikipedia.

The workflow for setting up drop shipping on Business Catalyst consists of the following:

  • Add a supplier
  • Enable drop shipping for a product
  • Customize the drop shipping supplier email

Add a supplier

To notify a third-party supplier of purchases, add the supplier as a customer record in Business Catalyst. For more details, see Manage customer records .

  1. Select CRM > Customers.
  2. Click Add Contact.
  3. Specify the supplier details and click Save & Finish.

Note: Ensure the email address entered is the supplier's primary contact email address.

Enable drop shipping for a product

  1. Open the product settings by selecting E-Commerce > Products and clicking the product from the list. 

    To add a new product, see Creating Products

  2. Expand the More Options section, and then select the Enable Drop Shipping box.
  3. Click the Supplier field, and search for a supplier customer record.
  4. Select the supplier from the list, and then click Save.
An email is sent to the selected supplier when this product is purchased from frontent of your online store.

Customize the drop shipping supplier email

You can customize the email sent to the supplier by selecting Site Manager > System E-Mails, and selecting Drop Shipping.


Create a report for drop shipping suppliers

You can see the amount and quantity of drop shipping items creating a custom report: open Reports Section from admin area and create a Custom Report - Ecommerce Report - Suppliers.