Variable products are a great feature for offering variations of a product with different prices, stock and more.
They can be used for offering variations of a product e.g. a large t-shirt vs a small t-shirt. Each variation will have its own unique SKU and each variation can have its own images, pricing, description, stock and shipping information.
The first step in adding a variation product is to add the parent product. The parent product is the container under which each variation SKU will sit. It is not a purchasable item, and is simply used for storing default product information and its variations.
Here’s how it will look on the webshop:
This data will become the default data for your product and will display for all the variations. The information specific to each variation is added when it’s added.
Each variation will have its own unique SKU and each variation can have its own images, pricing, description, stock and shipping information.
Please Note: There is no need to add a Price to the parent product. The parent product will become a container for the child products.
Scroll to the “Variations” section in the product management page and click “Add New Variation”.
Create a child product SKU (in this instance, we just placed an underscore and the qty for easy management.)
Add details and Specifics for your new product variation. The Specifics you enter will generate the drop down menu selections on your web shop front end.
Once you’ve finished, click the Save button and repeat this process with all the variations you wish to create. Press the Cancel button to get out of the popup screen.
Product specifics are used to categorise differences between products that are part of the same parent. For example difference between your product variations is colour, then you would have the specific “colour” specified for each product variation. The end result for the customer would be the option to select which colour they want to buy on your web shop.
You can have multiple specifics per product variation. In such cases the customer will presented with multiple buying options. For example “Colour” and “Size”.
To do this, add another Specific type in the Add Specifics To This Product section for an additional drop-down menu to appear.
Once you’re done, your variations will appear under the parent SKU as per the example below.
By default the child products will display in the drop down box in an alphabetical order, so you may wish to customise the order in which they show.
From the Neto dashboard, navigate to Products > Product Specifics.
Select the Specific Name where you wish to set a custom order.
Set the custom order by entering a number into the Sort Order field for each value. Larger numbers will make the variation appear higher in the list.
Click the Save button.
Refresh the Product Page to view the updated order.
By default the system will use the image you specify on your parent product for all its variations unless you upload images to each variation. Therefore if you want to show specific images for each variation you can by uploading images to each.