Product Quickstart Guide

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ProductGuide.png Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re looking for the quickest way to create a new Product. The ol’ Product Quickstart Guide will take you through the most direct route when adding a Simple, Grouped, Bundled, or Configurable Product in Multifront for the first time.

A Product has two parts, the Product Type and Attributes.

Now, before we dive in, you should know that not all Products are created in the same way. To save you time, if you know the type of Product, or as it’s referred to in Multifront, “Product Type”, you might be able to cut a few corners and save yourself some time and frustration.

Product Types

Multifront supports four products types out-of-the-box:

  • Simple Products
  • Grouped Products
  • Bundled Products
  • Configurable Products

Knowing the Product Type makes is much clearer which Attributes you need--or knowing when you can using Multifront’s default Attributes or when you need to create your own.

Create a Configurable Product

Each variant of a Configurable Product is a unique SKU

A Configurable Product is a Product that has multiple variations and each variation of the Configurable Product corresponds to a Simple Product.

On the PDP, Customers can select which variation they want and add to cart. On the back-end, each variation would correspond to a unique SKU for Order processing.

Example: Strawberries come in two varieties; Red and Blue. In Multifront, Red Strawberries and Blue Strawberries would each have a unique SKU. After a Configurable Product is created, called "Strawberry", Administrators can select which Simple Products as variants to be associated.
  1. Create a Configurable Attribute -- (PIM > Product Attributes > Attributes-level)
    1. Create a Product Attribute with the Attribute Detail “Is Configurable” set to “Yes”, then Save.
    • Be mindful which Attribute Group you associate the “Is Configurable” Product Attribute with in case you decide to add more variants later.
    • On the Locale/Values tab, add a Value for each Configurable Products Variant. Then, “Save and Close”.
  2. Create Three Simple Products -- (PIM > Products)
    1. Create Two Simple Products, one for each Variant in our Configurable Product.
    • Use the Default as the Attribute Family
    • Use Simple Product as the Product Type
    • These Simple Products can be hidden by toggling the detail “Enabled” to “No”.
  3. Create a Configurable Product and “Save as Draft”. The page will reload with additional tabs to manage.
    • Use the Default as the Attribute Family
    • Use Configurable Product as the Product Type. Multifront will ask for confirmation on which Configurable Attribute(s) can be used.
    • The Configurable Product must have the detail “Enabled” set to “Yes” to be visible.
  4. On the Variant tab, use the “Associate Products” button to associate the Simple Products we just created to our Configurable Product. Then, “Save as Draft”.
  5. Then, “Publish” the Configurable Product
    • Use the “Publish” button to Publish the finished Configurable Product. Congratulations, you’ve just created your first Configurable Product!

Note: We’re walking through the steps to create a Configurable Product using the Default Product Attribute Family because it’s the fastest. Administrators can choose to create a new Product Attribute Family before starting this process--instead just substitute your new Product Attribute Family wherever we reference the Default.

Creating a Simple Product

PIM > Products > "Add New" button 
A Simple Product corresponds to a single SKU. Simple Products can be associated with a Bundled, Configurable, or Grouped Product.

A Simple Product is a Product that corresponds only to a single SKU so it would not have any variants. However, a Simple Product can be the variant of a Configurable Product.

Simple Products are the "building blocks" of Configurable Products, Grouped Products, and Bundled Products.

  • Example: Using the red t-shirt example above, each size of shirt is actually a Simple Product. In other words, if I gave you an SKU, you'd be able to find the exact Product I was looking for.
  • Use the Default as the Attribute Family
  • Use Simple Product as the Product Type
  1. Add Product Details and "Save As Draft". The page will reload with action confirmation.
  2. Use "Publish" to make Product visible. The page will reload with action confirmation.
  3. Simple Product is now created!

Creating a Bundled Product

A Bundled Product includes all associated Simple Products.

Bundled Products are multiple Simple Products which are only available for purchase as a whole--"all or nothing"-style. The Simple Products which are part are associated to the Bundle can not be separated from the Bundle.

  • Example: We’ll keep the continuity and roll with our t-shirt scenario. With a Bundled Product, if I were to purchase one unit,I would actually be purchasing the small, medium, and large shirts.
  • Example 2: Another example if I wanted to make a gift basket (our Bundle Product) using lots of smaller Simple Products. You probably wouldn't want someone to be able to reduce a gift basket to just a few items, instead, you'd want them to take "all-or-nothing".
  1. Create Simple Products -- (PIM > Products)
    1. Create the Simple Products which will comprise your Bundle Product
      • These Simple Products can be hidden by toggling the detail “Enabled” to “No” but can still be associated with your Bundle.
  2. Create a Bundle Product Create a Bundle Product and "Save as Draft".
    • Use Bundle Product as the Product Type.
    • The Bundle Product must have the detail “Enabled” set to “Yes” to be visible.
  3. After saving, the page will reload with a “Bundle Product” tab for you manage. Here, On the Bundle Product tab, use the “Associate Products” button to associate the Simple Products we just created to our Bundle Product. Then, “Save as Draft”.
  4. “Publish” the Bundle Product
    1. Use the “Publish” button to Publish the finished Bundle Product. Congratulations, you’ve just created your first Bundle Product!

Creating a Grouped Product

A Grouped Product allows the Customer to select the quantity of each Simple Product associated.

A Grouped Product are multiple Simple Products that allow the Customer purchase all, some, or one element(s) of the Group.

  • Example: With a Group Product, the customer sees all three sizes but can choose to purchase one, two, or all three sizes of t-shirt.
  • Example 2: At the Znode fast-food restaurant, McZ's, the Grouped Product is their "meal-deal", which is a sandwich, curly fries, and a beer. If I don't want to buy all three items in the Grouped Product, I could order only the parts I want.
  1. Create Simple Products -- (PIM > Products)
    1. Create the Simple Products which will comprise your Group Product
      • These Simple Products can be hidden by toggling the detail “Enabled” to “No” but can still be associated with your Group.
  2. Create a Group Product
    1. Create a Group Product and "Save as Draft".
    • Use Grouped Product as the Product Type.
    • The Grouped Product must have the detail “Enabled” set to “Yes” to be visible.
  3. After saving, the page will reload with a “Grouped Product” tab for you manage. Here, On the Grouped Product tab, use the “Associate Products” button to associate the Simple Products we just created to our Group Product. Then, “Save as Draft”.
  4. “Publish” the Group Product
    1. Use the “Publish” button to Publish the finished Bundle Product. Congratulations, you’ve just created your first Group Product!

Product Attributes

What’s the deal with Attributes? Well, Product Attributes are the details you want Multifront to capture when you’re creating a Product-- so size, shape, color, flavor, and so on. Some of these details are visible on the front-end of a Store and others are exclusively to help manage the back-end.

If you need a refresher on Attributes, Attribute Groups, and Attribute Families.

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