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inside the Catalog
The key to building your shop is adding products to its catalog, and while PrestaShop makes it easy to streamline that process as much as possible, you might still need a hand in getting the hang of it all. Indeed, there are many fields to fill in with a lot of data, and many forms to validate.
Throughout the product set up, we are going to tackle how to use several key tabs.
The Tracking tab indicates the sections of your store to which you must pay the most attention in order to manage your store.
The "Tracking" tab should be checked regularly in order to improve your catalog management.
By entering information about the manufacturers, your site's visitors can have rapid access to all of this manufacturer's products. This makes navigating around your site easier for them. In terms of visibility, filling out these fields will improve your position in search engines.
- The SEO fields (Title, Meta description, and Meta Keywords): provide the same functionality as they do in the categories.
You will find a description of the reference fields for product category management, in the "Create a Category / Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Fields" section of this guide.
Set up in a similar way, albeit shorter, as the "Manufacturer" form, configuring "Suppliers" is optional if you already have manufacturers. It all depends on your needs, since your product supplier might not be the same as the product manufacturer.
Attributes & Groups
This tab was explained step by step in the "Managing Your Catalog" chapter of this user-guide, in the "Configuring Product Attributes" section. Please refer to that part of the documentation.
This tab was explained step by step in the "Managing Your Catalog" chapter of this user-guide, in the "Configuring Product Features" section.
Image Mapping assigns multiple clickable zones to an image so that different product pages can be opened by clicking on one single image. This feature makes your site very attractive by easing your customers' navigation. Let's take a look at how to configure this feature.
Create an image map
Click on the "Image Mapping" tab and you will arrive at a new page.
- Enter a name for the image map in the "Name" field.
- Next, select the image that you want to represent the image map. Click on "Upload Image" to save it. The page will then reload, with the photo that you uploaded.
Setting up an Image Map
Now we are going to learn how to set up an image map.
The clickable zones are visible thanks to the "+" icon. Hovering over the image with your mouse cursor, you can see a little window that presents the image's name, default image, short description, and price.
This tab was explained step by step in the "Managing Your Catalog" chapter of this user-guide, in the "Managing Attachments" section.
The PrestaShop Tags feature enables you to associate your products with keywords. Your customers can use the keywords to easily and quickly find the products they are looking for.
You have two ways to set up this feature.
First solution: Create a Tag
You can associate several tags to your product directly in the "Tags" field from the moment you create a product. See the "Managing Your Catalog" chapter of this user-guide, in the "Adding a Product Description" section.
Second Solution: Creating and managing Tags
Once you have filled tags for all your products, you will get a very important list of tags. The best way to manage them is to go to the "Tags" sub-tab under the Catalog tab.
To add a tag corresponding to another language just repeat the operation, only this time, change the language.
If your visitors search for the term "Accessories," they will find the "Belkin Leather Folio for iPod Nano" and the "Shure SE210 Sound-Isolating Earphones."