Imagine that as a shop owner, you have different versions of the same product. Take for example an iPhone. If you are selling the phone then it probably has 2 or 3 variants of the product like for example the colors or even the versions it has - 64 and 256 GB. Since those are sharing the same product but with different specifications, you need a way to create a separate product from the original at different prices.
As we already explained in another tutorial this is achievable with the “Product Combinations”, however, to create such you will need to first define the available attributes which the combinations of a product will be based upon. In the next few lines of this tutorial, we will get you familiar with the Product Attributes and we will teach you how to manage those!
When you login to the PrestaShop admin area, go to the admin panel on the left vertical navigation menu and look for the “Catalog” option. After you find it, please, click on it. A drop-down menu will appear with a lot of options, such as: “Products”, “Categories”, “Monitoring”, “Attributes and Features” and so on.
Finally, please, click on the “Attributes and Features” link to access the page where you will be managing all the existing Attributes.
When you click the “Attributes and Features” link you will be redirected to a page called “Attributes”. There you will be provided with a conveniently structured table view of all the already created attributes and the values for each one of them in your Online Store.
If you click on any attribute you will be presented with a new table view. This time, however, it will contain all the values that are already set for this particular attribute.
For example, if you click on the “Color” attribute, you will see all the available colors that can be used for the generation of product combinations based on Color.
As you can see the table with all the attribute values have few fields but the main ones that will be shared among all attributes’ values are:
and a final column that you may consider as “Available Actions”.
The first column - Id basically is basically the id of the attribute in the database of Prestashop. The “Color” column shows all the colors that the product is available. The next column is called “Position”. PrestaShop allows you to change the attributes position by moving the attribute up or down. Depending on the ordering you would like the attributes to be displayed in, you can move them up or down.
Basically, that is pretty much all of the information with the table view about the existing
attributes. Let’s move with the other options that the attributes page has to offer.
The attributes in PrestaShop allow you to create different combinations of the products based on existing attributes. Creating combinations based on the existing attributes actually provides you with the chance to set different prices for the products, based on their sizes, colors, materials and so on. To learn how to make combinations based on the existing attributes, please, check out our other tutorial “How to add products in PrestaShop 1.7”.
If you want to create a combination of a product, the attributes are the basis of the product combinations. You should think of attributes as properties of a product that may change between variations, while still keeping the same product name: color, capacity, size, weight, etc. You can use anything that varies between versions of the same product, except the price.
Let’s continue by creating a new Attribute. To do that, please click on the “Add new attribute” button positioned on the top-right of the page.
Once you click on the “Add new attributes” button, you will be redirected to a new page, which is called “Add new attribute” respectively. On that page, you will be asked to fill in only 2 fields and to select an option from one drop-down list.
The required information on the “Add new attributes” page is as follows:
Once done filling out the required fields, please click on the Save button so the attribute you are adding can be saved.
Once PrestaShop saves the new attribute for you, you will be redirected to the main attributes page once again.
Since you had created the new attribute, it is time to add new value as well. To be able to do that you have to click on the “Add new value” button on the top-right of the page.
You will be redirected to a page called “Add New Value”. There you will be provided with very few options to fill out.
The required fields are as follows:
Please, bear in mind, that by uploading an image, this will override the color code entered previously.
Once you are done filling out the required fields, please, click the ‘Save’ button at the bottom-right corner of the page.
You can also continue creating more values for the same attribute type by clicking on the “Save then add another value” button.
After done filling the required fields, you can return to the main attribute page. If you want to see the values for the attribute you have just created, please, click on the “View” button for the specific attribute.
Managing the attributes of your Online Store is very simple - with just a few clicks. since you already know how to add an attribute, the remaining actions for finalizing the management of product attributes are Editing and Deleting an attribute. You can find both of these actions next to every attribute, on the right side, in the table view of the “Attributes” home page. If you click on the “View” drop-down menu for each attribute the actions will appear immediately.
Let’s start with the first option - “Edit” an attribute. As explained already you have to click the “View” drop-down button, which is on the right side of every attribute in the table view.
When you click the arrow from the drop-down menu, you will see two options that will appear immediately: “Edit” and “Delete”. Please, click the “Edit” option. That action will redirect you to a page that is exactly the same as the page for adding an attribute. However, the only difference now is that all the fields will be already filled out.
When you are done editing the attribute simply press the “Save” button at the bottom of the page so your changes can be saved and you will be brought back to the categories home page.
If you want to delete an attribute, please click the same drop-down menu button, from the main “Attributes” page, but this time from the two options that appear, click the “Delete” option.
Once you click it, a dialog box will appear. There you will be asked if you want to delete the selected items.
Please, click the “Ok” button to actually delete the attribute.
Pretty much, these are all the available actions when it comes to managing attributes. Now, as you probably noticed in the main “Attributes” page, right above the structured table, there is one more tab called “Features”. You can find out more about Product Features and how you can manage them on our other tutorial “What is Product’s Features and how to configure it?”
Congratulations! Today you learned what is the meaning of an attribute, how is it different from features, how to add those and how to configure them.
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