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• Last Updated: 04/06/2020
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How to create Product Classes and Attributes in X-Cart

Introduction

Attributes allow distinguishing products by providing additional information on the product details page. There are three types of Product Attributes in X-Cart:

  • Product-specific attributes - applicable on a product level
  • Product class attributes - configured for a specific product class or Group of products
  • Global attributes - applicable to all products in the catalog

Depending on the products you are selling, you have to decide how to configure the attributes in your store so they can best fit your requirements.

Classes, on the other hand, are used to group products in reliance on similar characteristics and allow product filtering based on these properties.

In this tutorial, we are going to review the whole Product Classes and Attributes concept in X-Cart and guide you on how to efficiently organize your products using them.

 

Accessing the Classes and Attributes section

For a start, please log in to your X-Cart Admin Area and navigate through the left-hand side menu bar to Catalog Classes & attributes.

 

Accessing the Classes and Attributes section

 

In this section, you can see a table listing all currently configured product classes in your store. In here, you are able to manage the global and product class attributes. The product-specific attributes are being managed under the product details page on a per-product basis.

 

Creating Product Classes

First off, you have to create a Product Class. To do so, please click on the "New product class" button.

When this is done, a new empty row appears where you need to specify the name of the Product Class.

 

Creating a Product Class

 

Once you are ready, please click on the "Save changes" button to finalize the creation of your new product class.

Now that the Class is created, it is time to add Attributes to it.

 

Creating Product Attributes

There are two methods for creating Product Attributes in X-Cart. The first method is to create them within the "Classes & attributes" section. The second method is to create them on the go within any product details page. Generally, the process is the same with each method. Therefore we are going to review the first one.

To begin with, please click on the "Edit attributes" link of your newly created Product Class.

 

Edit Attributes of a Class

 

When you are redirected to the Class Attributes section, please click on the "New attribute" button.

 

Add new attribute

 

Afterward, a new pop-up window appears where you have to configure the Attribute details. Please specify the Attribute name, select an attribute group if necessary, and choose the attribute type. As you can see from the dropdown menu, there are three options:

  • Plain field - This type allows you to configure multiple word/phrase values. It is suitable for color options, size options, etc.
  • Textarea - This type allows you to include a long and detailed text description to the product details page on the storefront.
  • Yes/No - This type allows you to configure a "Yes" or "No" option to a product. For example, you could use it when you want to specify whether a particular feature of a product is included or excluded.

 

Creating Attribute

 

When you are ready, please click on the "Next" button.

Afterward, you have to configure the Attribute Values. To do that, please click on the "New value" button as many times as needed according to the number of values you have to add. In the empty fields, you have to specify the Values as they are going to be displayed on the storefront.

 

Creating Attribute Values

 

Once done, please click on the "Save changes" button, and your new Product Class along with the Product Attributes and Values is going to be created.

 

Creating Attribute Groups

Attribute Groups are intended to allow you to organize your Product Attributes effectively. If you have a long list of Attributes, you are going to need to consider this as an option.

The name of the Attribute Group is displayed on the storefront under the product details page.

To create a new Attribute Group, you have first to create the Product Class. Once your Class is created, please click on the "Edit attributes" link. This action takes you to the Class Attributes section, which you are already familiar with.

When there, please click on the "Manage group" button.

 

Manage Attribute Groups

 

In the pop-up window, please click on the "New group" button and enter the Attribute Group name into the empty field.

 

Creating Attribute Group

 

Once you are ready, please click on the "Save changes" button. With this done, your new Group is created, and you can assign it to your Attributes.

 

To sum up, in this tutorial, you have learned what Product Classes and Attributes are in X-Cart, for what purposes you can use them, and how to create them. We hope the topic discussed was interesting to you, and it is going to come to good use while you are developing and managing your Online Store. In case you have additional questions, we would like to welcome you to contact our Support Team.

 

 

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