The process for adding product features is exactly the same as that of product attributes. Depending on the product the attributes and the features sometimes are very similar to each other. That is a reason for many of the Online Stores owners to be confused on whether to create only an attribute or add features towards it as well. The best way to distinguish whether a description of the product is an attribute or feature is to ask yourself if you can sell the product separately. If you can sell it as a separate product, it’s should be listed as a product attribute, but if you cannot sell it as a separate product then it is a product feature. In the next few lines of this tutorial, you are going to learn what Product’s Features are 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 redirected to a page with all the existing Attributes in it.
The difference between an attribute and a feature is that attributes are used to create product combinations while features are not. Features are optional product characteristics that provide more information and details about the product. They are not changed through the product variations, as they are not options but standard specifications that will apply to all the combinations of the product.
For instance, a customer can buy an iPad variation based on attributes (color, disk space) but not on features (weight, size).
By default, 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.
To access the “Features” table, please, click on the “Features” tab, right above the structured table for the attributes in the main “Attributes” page.
When you click the “Features” tab you will be redirected to a page called “Features”.
As you will probably notice, the interface of the “Features” page has the same conveniently structured table view, as the “Attributes” one. There you will be provided with a list of all the already created features in your Online Store.
Same as the “Attributes” page you are provided with “Id”, “Name”, “Values”, “Position” and a final column that you may consider as “Available Actions”.
Now, if you want to see the values of these features, please, click on the existing feature, itself, or click the “View” button displayed for each feature on the right side of the page.
When you click it, you will be redirected to a page that has the name of the feature you clicked on. There you will only have two columns:
And again a final column considered as “Available Actions”.
To be back to the main “Features” page, please, click the “Back to the list” button at the bottom left of the page.
Now, once back to the main “Features” page, let’s learn how to create a new feature.
To create a new feature, in the main “Features” page, click the “Add new feature” button at the top-right of the page.
That action will redirect you to an “Add New Feature” page. All you have to fill out when you create a new feature is the “Name” of the feature, also known as the title of the feature. When you fill it, please, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.
The moment you click the “Save” button PrestaShop will redirect you to the main “Features” page having all the existing features plus the one that you had just created. To add value for the feature that you just created, please, click the “Add new feature value” button.
You will be redirected to a page called “Add New Feature”. There you will be provided with only two required fields:
When you fill them out, please, click the “Save” button to add the features’ value or, if you want to add more feature values, click the “Save then add another value” button.
You will find both of the “Save” buttons at the bottom of the page.
Now that you know how to add a feature the only remaining actions for wrapping up the management of product features are editing and deleting a feature. You can find both of these actions next to every feature in the table view of the “Features” home page. If you click on the “View” drop-down menu for each feature the actions will appear immediately.
Let’s first start by editing a feature. When you click the “View” drop-down button, which is on the right side of every feature in the table view, two options will appear: “Edit” and “Delete”. Please, click the “Edit” option.
You will be redirected to a page the same as the one for creating a feature, but here the name will be already filled out.
After done changing the name of the feature, please, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.
Now, if you want to delete a feature, please click the same drop-down menu button, from the main “Features” 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 feature.
Pretty much, these are all the actions about managing Product Features of your Online Store.
Congratulations! Today you learned what is the meaning of a feature, how is it different from attributes, how to add those and how to configure them.
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