Creating products

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

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Create a product

  1. Select E-Commerce > Products and click Add Product.

  2. Enter a product name, and then click Browse next to the image fields to open the image manager and specify the product images.
  3. Add the description of the product in the content editor. Click the HTML button at the bottom of the editor to enter your description in HTML format.
  4. Click Save.

Once you have saved your product, additional product options are available in the tabs at the top of the product details page.

Note: We recommend creating a maximum of 5000 products in order to have best experience in Business Catalyst

Add prices to a product

When adding prices to a product, country setting for prices is based on the country set for the domain name.

For example, if you have set up a domain name on the site of www.mysite.com and set the country to United States, when a customer visits this domain name, they are shown the prices specified for United States on a product.

  1. Click the Prices tab.
  2. Select the country that corresponds to the domain name you will be using.
  3. Enter a product price as described below:
    • Sell Price - This is the actual sale price of the product.
    • Recommended Retail Price (optional) - This price can be used to display a discount or price comparision to the sale price.
    • Wholesaler pricing type (optional) - You can have different prices on products for standard customers and wholesale customers. For more details, see Set up wholesale purchases on your online store .

Add a product to a catalog

Once you have created and saved your product, you can then add the product to one or more catalogs.

  1. Click the Catalogs tab.
  2. Add the product to a catalog by moving the catalog from the left panel to the right.
    You can select multiple catalogs by holding Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac.

Add properties to a product using Attributes

You can specify properties of a product such as size or color by using product attributes.

  1. Click the Attributes tab, and then click Add New Product Attribute.

  2. Enter the attribute name and select the display type, then click Save.

    Example: Size.

  3. Click New Option.

  4. Specify the properties of the first attribute option and click Save.

    Example: Small.

  5. Click New Option to create more attribute options.

     

Note: For the best experience using Business Catalyst we recommend creating a maximum of 20 product attributes (per product). For more details please see the Business Catalyst system limits .

Show several views of a product using Poplets

You can provide visitors with different views of a product. The views are called poplets in Business Catalyst. When a visitor clicks a thumbnail, the larger image appears in a lightbox-style window. The visitor can also view the next or previous image.

  1. Select the Poplet Images tab.
  2. Click Browse next to one of the image fields.
  3. Use the image manager to select or upload a new image, then click Upload.
  4. Click Save.

Group products together

You can create multiple products of the same type and group them together. A customer viewing one product can also see the available variations by selecting another product from the group.

  1. From the Actions menu, select Group Products Together.

  2. Move the products from the left panel to the right, select a default product, and click Save.

    Note: The default product is the only product that displays in a catalog. All other grouped products are available through the grouped product drop-down menu.

Show related products

You can display similar or recommended products when a customer views a certain product.

  1. Select the Upsell / Cross-sell tab.

  2. Move products from the left panel to the right.

To display related products, add the {tag_relatedproducts} tag to the individual large product layout. For details, see Displaying and customizing products

Bulk product actions

You can manage and update multiple products in one action. These bulk actions include adding or removing tags, enabling and disabling, and deleting products.

  1. Select E-Commerce > Products.

  2. Select the products you would like to update by clicking the box next to the product name.

    Alternatively, click the box next to the product name heading to select all products on the current page.

  3. From the Bulk Actions button below your products, select the desired action.

     

Products and SEO (Search engine optimization)

As with all areas of your website, it is good practise to optimize your pages for search engines. For more details on SEO, see Improving Search Engine Optimization (SEO) .

There are a couple of ways you can use Business Catalyst to optimize your products for search engines as described below.

Customizing individual product URLs

You can customize the URLs of your individual product pages. This option allows you to create SEO friendly URLs.

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

  2. Click Edit next to the URL section

  3. Enter a SEO friendly name for your product to be used in the URL

  4. Click Edit next to the URL, enter a unique URL.

  5. Click Save.

Adding metadata to individual product pages

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 the Create a product  section above.

  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.

    Select Site Manager > Module Templates, and then select Online Shop Layouts.  

    Select the Individual Product Large Layout and then click the HTML view. Create the <head> and </head> tags if they're not already in the HTML view.

    Enter the below between the <head> and </head> tags:

    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.

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

Products and canonical URLs

If your product is placed in multiple catalogs it will basically be accessible using multiple URLs. You can choose one of the URLs to be marked as a canonical URL in order to prevent search engines from marking your content as duplicated.

By default, BC will pick the first product URL and make it canonical, insert a link rel=canonical in page head and response header to instruct browsers and search engine which is the preferred URL of the product.

If you would like to change the canonical URL for one or more products you have two options:

  • on the product details panel expand the "SEO Metadata" panel and use the "Product Canonical URL" drop down
  • change the canonical URL in bulk using an export file. To do so first export your products, make sure on the "Catalogue" column the first catalogue is the one you want the system to use for the canonical URL and re-import.

For example for the product "Sample Product1" in the import file below the canonical URL will be "/classic-boutique/sample-product-1"