The Procedure of Setting Up Product Attributes in osCommerce

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If you are osCommerce store owner and sell goods that come in variations (e.g. size or color), it is wise to create 1 product with options to select, rather than adding dozens of entities of the same type. Why? Wouldn’t it be much more convenient for both store owner and shopper to see T-Shirt with options to select size before purchase among 3 offered, instead of viewing 3 separate products? You may say that actually it doesn't matter. Maybe if you have 3 variations of color it is not a big deal, but what if you have ten or twenty colors and also different sizes? Not to overload your osCommerce catalog with huge amount of same-type items that differ in one or several criteria, apply osCommerce attributes to your products.

An attribute is basically a specific value of some product. The product may have different options such as color, size, texture, even quantity etc. Though, managing osCommerce attributes you should also know that by default there is no stock control of attributes and no numeric identifiers for them, so variations do not act like separate products. There is no way to manage inventory of variants, so you need to keep an eye on products availability, not to get into trouble having dissatisfied clients who ordered goods, but cannot get them, as you do not have the particular T-Shirt of definite size and color at your warehouse.

Now lets see, what actions are required from you to achieve above mentioned outcomes using Store Manager for osCommerce.

Create Attribute Options and Values

First, you need to create basic options and values for your products. It is good, since in case you have products with the same or similar variants for selection, you will create them and then only apply to products needed.

Start with adding product options. An option can be something like: colors, sizes, texture, material etc. Pressing appropriate button you will see from for new option creation. Basically, you need to indicate its name only.

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Further you have to create values for this option. For example, if you created the option ‘Colors’ now the values would be the different colors you have: e.g blue, red, yellow etc.

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Now to see these option and values, you have to assign them to particular product.

Assign Attribute Options to Products

Go to ‘Categories&Products’ tab of Store Manager, choose necessary item from the list of goods you see. You can either double-click to call up Edit Product from or see lower grid to implement changes. In the tab ‘Attributes’ press ‘+’ button. You will see the form where you can either select options and values you have created previously or add new ones (then the information you add here will be placed to section ‘Options&Values’).

If you have already created options and values in your osCommerce store, not to add each combination manually, use ‘Attribute Editor’ and tick checkboxes that correspond to variations needed.

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Especially beneficial is the fact that you can set price mark-ups depending on the variant. Lets, say, you want blue and yellow T-Shirts to be sold for higher price. Imagine the general price of the product is $10, yellow T-Shirt is sold for $10, but blue is for $15 and red is for $20. Thus, in front of variants you need to put yellow - ‘0’ mark-up, blue ‘5’ and red - ‘10’ mark-up (since these values to increase price will be added to base price).

In case some options and values are shared by several products of your osCommerce catalog, you can easily multiply them using copy/paste buttons.

You can also import osCommerce attributes using Store Manager for osCommerce. Here is step-by-step documentation on the process -

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