Setting up individual products
Video: Setting up individual productsSetting up individual products provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Tom Geller as part of the Create Your First Online Store with Drupal Commerce
Setting up individual products provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Tom Geller as part of the Create Your First Online Store with Drupal Commerce
This course shows how to build an online store using Drupal Commerce, a set of modules that extend Drupal. Author Tom Geller teaches the basics of configuring a store, processing a payment, and charging for shipping and taxes, as well as creating, displaying, and categorizing products. The course also explains how to integrate a store into a Drupal site, customize a store's appearance, and increase site traffic using search engine optimization (SEO) techniques.
- Surveying the store-building process
- Installing Drupal Commerce using Commerce Kickstart
- Accepting PayPal payments
- Processing orders
- Understanding rules and line items
- Listing and importing products
- Managing inventory, orders, and customer profiles
- Streamlining the checkout process
- Launching a store
- Offering product discounts
- Analyzing site traffic with Google Analytics
Setting up individual products
When we're done with the next two videos, which show you how to create both a product, and a product display, you will see something like this. It's the front page of our site, with the product itself showing up in a list of other products. It has an image of the product, a description of the product, but it also has such nice little things, like this Add to Cart button. When you click on the product itself, you see it with a larger image, and a little bit of other changes, which you can affect in the product display. Let's get started. Now, it's time to list our first product.
Our client in these videos is a company that produces olive oil, so we will sell a simple half liter bottle. Later, we will sell a variety of sizes, and flavors, along with cosmetics, and tickets to events in the Olive Grove, and so on, but let's start small. Now, when we're done with this first video, you won't see the product on your site, because Drupal Commerce separates product entry, which we're doing now, from product display. I'll show you about the latter in the next video, displaying products. The basic way that you add products is actually fairly simple.
You go up to View products, and click Add a product. Once there, you see that there are a few required fields. You have to enter a unique identifier -- I'm going to be using five digit codes throughout this video series -- a title, a price, and a status, and you can also add an image if you like. This pattern is based on what's called a product type, and if you're familiar with Drupal 7, you know that this is something called an entity. It's a lot like creating a content type for nodes. I will show you just very quickly how that works, in case you're not familiar with Drupal 7.
Go up to Store, and Products, and then click Product Types. We only have one, which has a number of fields in it, which we can see by clicking Manage Fields. There it is; the SKU, the Title, Image, Price, Status; these are the fields you just saw a minute ago. You can make changes to these fields by clicking on Edit next to the field itself. Let's put in a default image, so that if we don't have an image of the product, people will see something, instead of just a blank space. To do that, you scroll down to the area where you can add that -- this default image down here -- and click Choose File.
We have a default image in the exercise files; this one right here. So I will choose it, and open, and Save settings. Then, we close our Overlay, if we'd like. You will see how this affects our store as we go on throughout the course. Now let's go back, and actually add a product. Once again, we go up to Store, and Products, or we could simply click View Products in the shortcut bar here. But however we get there, we then click Add a product. I will make this 10001. The Title is Olive Oil, .5 liter.
In this case, I do have an image in my exercise file, so I will select that, and let's say it's $10.00, and scroll to the bottom, and Save. If you're building a full catalog, here you have an option to add another immediately, but we will just add this one for now. That's pretty much all there is to it. Now, these products, as I say, do not show up on the site yet. They're sort of like boxes of things in the warehouse. On your Drupal Commerce Web site, you have to move them into the retail store, so to speak, before anyone can buy them.
So the next thing we'll do is to create a way to display this product.
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