The "Catalog" section is accessible by clicking on the tab with the same name. This is where you manage all of your products throughout your PrestaShop e-commerce solution.
The first page under the “Catalog” tab looks like this
In the “Categories” section via the “Add a new subcategory” function you can create different product classifications. This arranges your articles, and helps your customers easily find what they are looking for. All of the categories are subcategories of the welcome page.
To create a category, fill out this form:
First of all give your category a name then determine if it is “displayed ” or in other words if it will be accessible to your customers or not. For example, you may want to postpone showing a new category to your customers because you have not quite completed it. If you are creating a subcategory belonging to a category other than the welcome page, choose the category under which it will appear in the drop-down menu “Parent Category.” Click on “Browse” to upload an image from your computer, in order to illustrate your category.
This information will help you optimize the visibility of your catalog on search engines.
Once you have finished configuring your categories you can save them while staying on the same page by clicking on the button “Save” or saving and coming back to the previous category by clicking on “Save and Back to Parent Category".
Note: Each of the fields has a flag located to its right, indicating that it can be configured in several languages. For more information on this feature, please see the language management feature.
At the bottom of the catalog page, under “Products in this category” you can manage the products in your store. See the screen shot below. Once you have created your category, you will be able to add products by clicking on "Add a new product form with several tabs will appear We will ex plain it step by step.
We begin with the first tab in the form, which enables you to fill out the general information about your products.
The first thing to complete is the product information. This is the name that will appear in the search results. Next to the field you will find a flag, which enables you to choose the language into which you wish to edit or create the name.
If you don’t want this product to be immediately available or visible to your customers, check the box that says “Disable.”
The “Manufacturer” field enables you to enter the name of the manufacturer of the product. This is an optional field.
Click “create” next to the Manufacturer field to add a new manufacturer, or select from the drop-down menu which one to associate with this product.
You can add information to better manage your item listing in the fields “Reference”, “Supplier reference”, “EAN13 or JAN”, "UPC" or “Location”.
You can also indicate the size of the final package.
Finally, add the weight in order to calculate the shipping cost of your customer’s orders
You wish to sell a pack of products composed of several items. Example: a computer start-up pack, composed of a CPU, a monitor, and a printer.
You can in this case create a pack and add other products from your catalog to this pack. To do this, check “Pack”. A simple form will appear, with a button. Start typing in the text field to filter through your existing products, and choose the one product to add to the pack. Select it, choose the quantity, and click on the green button to validate your choice.
You can add as many products as you would like to the pack.
You can remove a product from the pack simply by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
Tip: Packs allow the site administrator to simplify preparing orders. They also allow customers to take advantage of special prices and offers.
Check the box “Is this a downloadable product?” if you sell downloadable goods, such as mp3s or PDF documents. A form appears:
Set the price that will appear in your store by following the instructions below.
The final retail price, including the discount taken, will update as you type.
Note: You can fill out the field “retail price with tax” and choose the rate of tax to apply and the field will automatically calculate the pre-tax retail price. The opposite operation is also available.
This section enables you to manage the availability of your products.
You can also configure the general settings applied to all of your products. The default option is to deny orders, but this can be modified under the “Preferences” or “Products” tabs, discussed further in the Product Configuration section.
The default category will be used when an article is filed under several categories.
This serves mainly to clarify which category to use in case your customer arrives at your site from a search engine. The name of the category will appear in the product’s URL. For instance, "telephone" can appear under the category of "brand" (Apple, Samsung, Nokia, etc.) and also under the category of "characteristic" (smartphone, flip-phone, etc.).
To improve your product listing as well as increase your store’s visibility we suggest that you carefully fill out the various SEO fields : meta titles, meta descriptions, and keywords and friendly URLs.
To access this information click on the sentence below:
The following fields are shown:
These fields allow you to directly optimize your catalog’s visibility on search engines
There are two boxes dedicated to filling out a description. The first box enables you to write a short description that will appear in search engines. This field is limited to 400 characters. In the second box, you can write a full description of your product, which will appear directly on your online store. The text editor offers a wide range of options for creating visually attractive descriptions (font, size, text color, etc.).
In the “tags” field, add some terms and keywords that will help your customers easily find what they are looking for.
The “accessories” field gives you the option of choosing relevant products to associate with this product. To suggest a product to your customers, type in the first letters of the product in question, select it, and then click on the green button to the right of the field.
Once you have filled out all this information save your work by clicking on “Save,” after which you will be sent to your catalog’s home page or by clicking on “Save and Stay” to continue working on your product’s presentation When you have saved your work with “save and stay”, some new options will be displayed such as the follwing tabs: “3 Combinations”, “4 Features”, “5 Customization”, “6 Discounts”, “7 Attachments.”
The second tab, "2 Images", is for including photos on your product page.
Once you have uploaded several images, you can choose to modify the image order by clicking on the arrows in the “position” column and define a different cover image by clicking on the icons under the column “cover image” (see bottom of the screenshot).
You can add multiple attributes to your products. An attribute is a product variation. For example, the same product can have a different color or a different size. In PrestaShop, we call that a color or size attribute.
To access this feature you must click on the “Attributes and Groups” tab under "Catalog".
To add a group of attributes, or in other words to add a group of variation possibilities (colors, capacity material, etc.), click on “Add attributes group”, fill out the form that appears and save.
To add a choice to the group of attributes that you just created, you must create a specific variation.
Select the attribute group then click on “Add attribute” and fill out the form that appears.
Fill out the value for your variation, then select the group from the drop-down menu into which it will belong.
To have a better understanding of this notion, a group of attributes can be a color or a capacity whereas the attributes themselves can be the color green, yellow, or brown, or a capacity of 4 pounds, 8 pounds, or 16 pounds.
For example “size” is a group of attributes and “6 7 8 9 10” are this attributes in this group.
You can see in the screenshot below how to edit an attribute: choose the attribute that you want to modify, and a form appears.
Click on the "edit" icon on the left of the color you want to edit, and a new form appears:
Choose the HTML color or upload a photo from your computer (if you’re displaying textures instead of colors, for example). The HTML colors will then be replaced by the photo of the texture.
Adding different variations to your product takes a few steps. Before proceeding, you must have already created the necessary groups of attributes and the attributes themselves. Once this is done, click on tab number 4 “Combinations ” and the following form will appear
You have the possibility to use a system that changes the total price of a sale depending on the quantity of products your customer buys. For this option, click on tab number 3 of the product file, and the “Prices” table will appear.
Click "Add a New specific price", and a form appears. Complete it and click on “Add quantity discount”.
Once you have chosen your values click on “Add”: the summary of your discount model appears below. If you wish to delete a value, click on the red cross on the table.
At this point, you have finished your product file, and here it is in your boutique! If you chose to start the specific price at 1 unit, the discount is immediately visible on the product's page.