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Adding Products

Learning how to add products is probably one of the more important aspects, if not the most important aspect, of running an Mijoshop store. After all, if you can add a product and have it display in your website how are you going to sell this product?

This section will describe in detail some of the steps you need to take to add a product to your Mijoshop store. It is a good idea to have a grasp on how to add categories before you add a product, because you’re probably going to want to add a product to a particular category.

It is not required that you do this, but it helps keep your store organized.

To add a product…

Sign in to your administration panel. Hover over the Mijoshop=>Catalog menu item and select Products To add a new product, click the Insert button at the top of the page.  

General Tab

In the General tab…

Product Name

Enter the name of the product here. This field is required. 

Meta Tag Description

The Meta tag description and appears in the header of your website. The text is not visible anywhere in the page itself. To however this text may be visible in search engine results pages underneath the link when people search for your store using Google, Yahoo, or Bing. Just describe what the product is. It is recommended that you use 160 characters or less. 

Meta Tag Keywords

The Meta tag keywords and appears in the header of your website. The text is not visible anywhere in the page itself. It is used by some search engines, but is not visible as text. If the product was, for example, an iPhone, you would enter keywords such as: phones, iPhone, Apple, iOS, iPhone4, iPhone 5, etc. You’ll want to separate each keyword with commas (as was shown). 

Description

The description text of the product that gets entered here will appear in the description tab box (if the current theme you are using supports this) and will contain information on the product and further details about it. You can put whatever you like in here. You can enter text, HTML, and even embed Flash if you like. 

Product Tags

Enter tags to describe the product. Tags are generally words that you have used in your description of the product that people might enter into a search engine to find your product. For example, a Mac book, might have tags such as laptop, Mac, iOS, iTunes or other descriptive tags. Tags are sometimes shown in the web page. It just depends on whether or not you are using a theme that displays the tags.  Model Enter a unique model number of the product here. This field is required. This have any value. For example, if it is a shirt the model number might be CLOTHING001234. Or you might have a strictly numerical code such as 1234567890. It doesn’t matter what you put here just as long as it’s unique and is not the same as another product.

Price

Set the price of the product here (e.g. 19.99).Tax ClassIf you don’t plan on charging any taxes you can set the tax class to “None” in the drop-down. If you do, you can set this setting to the particular tax class that you have set up in Mijoshop.

Quantity

Set the number of items that you have in stock here. The quantity will decrease after each purchase if you have the subtract stock and setting set to a Yes (see below). You will want to keep track of your stock. So when you get a new supply of stock in you’ll want to add it to the number of current items you have in stock here.

Minimum Quantity

If you wish to force customers to purchase a minimum number of items, specify the minimum number of items here. So for example if you want the customer to purchase a minimum of five t-shirts, for example, you would set the value here to 5. 

Subtract Stock

If you wish to track stock select “Yes,” otherwise select “No.”

Out Of Stock Status

This field sets the message that the customer will see in the webpage when is no more stock left. The good thing is that this will be done automatically for you. There are ways you can configure stock status messages if you require different messages to be displayed for different products. Requires Shippingthis setting sets whether or not the user requires shipping. You’ll want to set this to No if the product using downloadable product or the user will come and pick up the product in the store. SKUA SKU is a “Stock Keeping Unit,” a unique and arbitrary number for this product. This can be any value that you want that makes sense within the system of tracking that you have set up for inventory. This can be the same value as the model number or it can be something different if you have a different system set up.UPCUniversal Product Code, a unique code and manufacturer number assigned by http://www.gs1.org/ The UPC is a way to standardize product tracking numbers across international borders.

Location

Set the location of the product here.ImageIn this location you can also had an image. The image will be visible as the main image when people go to the product page. You use the Mijoshop image uploader UI to add images. Note that there is also an “Image” tab where you can add additional images. How all of these images are displayed depends on the template/theme that you are using. 

Date Available

Set the date when you want the product to show up on your site. It will not be visible to customers otherwise but if you plan on having the product available at an upcoming future time, you could set this here. 

Dimensions (L x W x H)

If you ship by a method that charges by package dimensions, the length, width and height of the product can be entered in here. Note that this is dependent on the Length Class setting (see below).

Length Class

This is the unit of dimension that gets used to measure packages. Dimensions are inches, millimeters etc. If you are outside of the United states you are probably using the metric system. If you are inside the United States, but shipping internationally, you might want to set this value to metric units to keep things consistent across international borders. This value also depends on the shipping company that you use as well.WeightIf you ship your products using a shipping company or method that charges by weight, you can enter the the weight of the product here. It will be used to calculate shipping. 

Weight Class

This setting sets what unit is used to weigh various items. This setting could be set to pounds or kilograms. Make sure that unit you use coincides with the shipping company or method you are using to ship your products. It will make your life a lot easier.

Status

Select “Enabled” for product to appear in your store, or Disabled to hide products in your store. This allows for quick on/off toggling on whether or not a product is displayed in your store. 

Sort Order

The sort order setting sets the order that the product will appear in when it is displayed in a list of a particular category. So for example, if the product was an iPhone, and the sort order was set to 1, the iPhone would be one of the first items displayed in the “Phones” category page of an Mijoshop store.  Links Tab The links tab categorizes different products under respective categories as well as connects different products together as related items. 

Manufacturer (Autocomplete)

You can choose a manufacturer here. Start typing to see the list of manufacturers available. To add a manufacturer to the list of available options, see the section on how to add a manufacturer in Mijoshop.

Categories (Autocomplete)

You can choose one or multiple categories to categorize your products here. Start typing to see the list of categories available. To add a category to the list of available options, see the section on how to add a category in Mijoshop.

Stores

Choose the stores that you want to add this product to. This is only really applicable if you have a multi-store install.

Downloads (Autocomplete)

Choose the download to distribute to the user if this is a digital product. Start typing to see the list of downloads available. You’ll have to do this under the “Downloads” section (also found underneath the “Catalog” menu item). 

Related Products (Autocomplete)

In this location you can set other products that you want to be related to this product to establish a relationship between the 2. In some templates/themes the related products will appear as a list in the tab box on the product’s page. Other themes might have the related products displayed elsewhere. All you have to do here is start typing. The field should autocomplete with the product you are looking for. )

Attribute Tab

Product attributes are essentially a list additional features of a product that provide benefit. An example of this would be something like the amount of RAM included or the clockspeed of a processor that comes with a computer that you are selling in your Mijoshop store. For a detailed breakdown on attributes, attribute groups, and how to add them see this post on Mijoshop attributes and attribute groups.

Discount Tab

A discount is basically a sale price that you give to a certain customer group (e.g. Wholesalers) when they buy up to a certain quantity of the product. You can set the discount that the customer gets, the quantity they need to buy to get the discount and the dates when the discount(s) are available.

For a detailed breakdown on discounts and how to add them see this post on Customer Groups, Discounts, & Specials in Mijoshop.)

Image Tab

In the “Image” tab, you can add additional images of your product. Note that these are different images from the main image that you added in the Data Tab. How these additional images get displayed depends on the theme that you are using.

Reward Points Tab

Reward points are points that your customers get when they purchase different products at your store. 

Design Tab

In the “Design” tab, you can choose a different layout for the product’s page (i.e. different modules than the ones currently set for the Product layout). For a more detailed breakdown on this see this post on Layout Override in Mijoshop. It might also help you to read Understanding the Mijoshop Layout and Modules post to learn more about how this all fits together.

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