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How to create a product from Vendor Dashboard

  1. Navigate to Vendor Dashboard. Click on Products from the left menu and then click on Add New Product button from the top right corner.
  2. A new window will open where you will be able to create a new product very easily with providing the most important and basic details.

Basic Details – The basic information needed to create a product are the product name, price, description. Discount price is optional. You can even schedule discounts for a certain amount of time. You can enter a starting date and end date to apply automatic discounts to your product.

Select Category – There is a drop-down field to select a category. It is best to choose one  category. According to Google Webmaster Guidelines and other SEO and UX best practices, it is recommended to have only one category assigned to a product. If you need to show your products based on multiple factors or for searching or sorting features, you can use tags.  A sub category (child category) will have a parent category so you do not have to choose a parent category. Example: If you are selling a Necklace, you just have to choose “Necklace” as the category. You do not need to choose the parent category, which on this case would be “Jewelry.” If you really need multiple categories in a single product, you can do that too.

Create Tags – Vendors will be able to create new product tags from vendor dashboard. This helps your product come up when a shopper uses our search tool to find something specific. Vendors click on Vendor Dashboard > Product > Add New Product. Under the Select Product Tags field, add a tag and Press Enter. The word or phrase will be added as a separate tag.

After you have provided all the required information, Click on the Create product button. It will create the product and redirect you to the product edit page, where you will be able to add more information about your product. If you want to create the product and add another one immediately, click on the Create & add new button.

After you have been redirected to the product edit page, there is an option to select a product type. You can select either a Simple, Variable product or Group Product.

 

Selecting Your Product Type 

Option 1: Simple Product – These types of products are simple and have no variants. They are single and standalone products, which does not require any other information to define different variants.

Option 2: Variable Product – A variable product is a product that has different types of variants. For example, you might want to sell a dress which is available in 3 different colors and sizes. So this option will enable you to add those colors and sizes you need. You can add variations based on anything you like, perhaps material used or the stitching style.

Variations can be created from two places-

  1. By admin from backend
  2. By vendor from product creation page

Some variations like sizes and colors, have been created from the admin panel. Of course, the admin will not always know what kind of variations a merchant might need. The merchant can also create the variations as needed.

The backend attribute creation and adding feature might seem a bit complicated to some users. So we have streamlined the variation adding and creation process in our interface to improve the user experience.

To create a variation from the frontend, the merchant has to select This Product Has Multiple Options. Then some new fields will appear to input the variations. If you already created some variations from the backend, then you can select them from the dropdown on the top right and click Add Option. If you do not need all the attributes in your product, then you can remove or add more if you want.

Click here to watch a sample video https://wedevs.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/docs/dokan-variation_1.mp4

Now if you need custom variations and attributes of your own, then you have to select Custom Attributes and then click Add Option. Then two blank fields will appear to input the variation name and attributes.

You can add as many variations and attributes as you want. When you are done, check the box Create variation using those attributes. The system will make all the combinations and will prompt you to add prices for those variations.

If you want to disable any variation, then you can uncheck the box on the left.

Quantity and variation picture adding function will not be available right away. You have to save the product once to get those options. Right after saving the product, the fields above will have a pencil icon on the right. Click on that to add more details to the variations.

 

Inventory and Variants

This section holds a bit of complicated information. None of these fields are mandatory. If you do not need to add stock quantity and your item is just a simple product, then you can completely skip this section.

But if you are creating a downloadable product or selling a dress or t-shirt, which has multiple sizes, then you should read this section carefully.

Option 3: Grouped Product – This is also a good option to use if you are selling bundles or gift boxes containing different products and would like the shopper to choose the products. 

To learn about the grouped product go through this tutorial. or watch this quick overview of the process https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=56&v=s4cyY9L7vyw&feature=emb_logo

Downloadable Product

If you are selling photos, music, software or any digital product, then this is the option to use. If you click on the Add File button, three more fields will be added.

The name field defines what the downloaded file name should be. We are letting you define that because you might name the original file to something like “new-album-updated-jan-12.zip” and you want the user to download the file as “New Album”. So this option will be useful for you to serve and organize better.

If you are serving the files from your very own site, then you can click on choose file and select. But you can also serve the file from Dropbox, Google Drive or some other file hosting site you like.

What is SKU?

SKU stands for Stock-Keeping Unit. It should be a unique set of characters which will not match to any other product.

 

 

Enable Product Stock Management

Let’s say you have 10 pieces of the product and you don’t want to receive after orders are placed for 10 units. If you enable stock management and enter 10 in the quantity field, then after 10 units are ordered, this product will show a message that all the quantities are sold and there is no stock.

But, you might want to take some pre-orders before your next batch comes up. So you can Allow Back Order to let the customers place orders even if the product is out of stock.

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Other Options

Visibility: The visibility option defines the privacy of the product. By default “Catalog and Search” is selected. But if you want the product to only appear on category listing page, search results or want to list as a hidden product, then you can select the option respectively.

If you select any other option than Catalog and Search then the product will not appear on the site other than the store page.

Purchase Note: If you want the customer to receive a custom message right after purchasing the product, you can paste that in the box.

Reviews: If you do not want to receive reviews for the product from the customers, you can turn it on or off.

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