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The Catalook Shopping Cart is an advanced shopping cart module that we provide to some of our Chiropractic vendors. It makes displaying their products a breeze.

In this article we will look at how to add new products to your Catalook Shopping Cart and how to edit existing products.

The first thing your will need to do is login to your website with your administrator username and password. Once you have logged in you will notice that your website expands and that many new pages are displayed. These new pages are used for managing your Shopping Cart. The menu item Store Admin is used for advanced configuration of your cart – we will not be working with this part today. For today’s training you will look for the tab titled, “YourStoreName Store”, in the example image you can see “ChiroDesign Store”. Mouse over this tab and in the drop down menu you will select “My Products”.

You are then taken to a page where you can either create a new product or search for existing products. To create a new product you will click the “Create New” link as seen in the image below. To search for an existing product you can type the name of a product or use * to search all products and click the search button pictured in the image below or select a category and click the category search button to limit the search to a specific category of products.

We will start by adding a new product because editing an existing product simply requires editing the same fields as creating a new product. We click “Create New” and we are presented with the Product Details page for a new product (all of the fields are empty – if this were an existing product the fields would already be completed and we would simply edit where required). The Product Details page has a large number of configurable components because the Catalook Cart is designed to be able to handle almost any type of product or service. In this training we will not cover all possible configuration – we will look at the basic configuration for a product which is a tangible or real product that is ordered through your cart and at a later date is then shipped to the purchaser.

Status(kind of use) is therefore Normal (other types of products can be configured by changing this setting).

Donation Item will remain unchecked (most often this is not used).

Vendor is pre-populated with your details.

Not Publish would remain unchecked unless you don’t want this product to be available yet, which may be the case if you are adding a new product that has not been released.

Featured can be checked if you would like this product to be featured throughout your cart in the “Featured Products” display – typically you will only use this for a few products at a time.

Publication Start and End is used if this product is available for a limited time. You can use one without the other, e.g. if you are adding a product that will not begin to be sold until a particular date or if you are adding a product that will stop being sold after a particular date.

Category1 is the main category the product will be displayed in.

Category2 is the sub-category the product should be displayed in, e.g. Adjusting Table would be the main category and Llyod’s Table would be a sub-category.

Category3 is only used if you have a very large number of products and want to specifically display them – most often this is not used.

Product Name – finally we are to the actual product name.

The next several fields displayed in the image left (click to expand) are not for a typical product and can be left blank.

The fields which are typically completed are product price. Product Cost can be left black (unless you want the cart to calculate your net profit, which it can do for you). There are several Product Price boxes, which can be used to setup different pricing structures, e.g. if you offer a members pricing, which is different from a non-members price. However, for this article we will only complete the first item and assume that everyone will receive the same price.

 

Product Cost – your choice as to whether you complete this item – most people will leave this blank.

Price1 this is your price without tax.

Price2-6 would only be used if you have a variable price structure based on memberships.

Sale Price if you run a sale on a product enter the sale price here.

Sale Start and Sale End are the dates for the sale price.

Tax Exempt is this product never includes tax.

Stock – if you want the cart to keep track of your inventory enter your current stock.

Reorder Point if entered will send you an email reminder when your inventory has reached this level.

Orderable Quantities – if left black a customer can order any number of a particular product. If you have a product that is only sold in volume, e.g. if it is only available in quantities of 10 with a maximum order of 200 and increasing increments of 10 – so that a person could order 10, 20, 30 up to a maximum of 200 you would enter 10/200/10. The first number representing the minimum order, the second number represents the maximum number and the third represents the available increment between the minimum and maximum. If you need help with this feature just ask.

Order Quantity Validation Expression is a follow on from Orderable Quantities. If you decide to use Orderable Quantities for a particular product this function will ensure that if someone tries to purchase an incorrect number of products that they receive a friendly reminder to select the correct number. We will help you to configure this feature if you decide to use it.

Insured Value if you offer insurance for the items you are selling then you will need to enter the insured value of the item.

The next few items relate to shipping: Weight, Length, Width, Height, Volume. If you are using a flat or configured shipping rate you will not need to complete these items. If you are using an automate shipping charges through USPS, UPS, Fedex, DHL, etc then you will need to enter all of these values so that the cart can submit these values to the appropriate company to get an exact shipping rate.

Free Shipping if this product will not include shipping check this box, e.g. services would not require shipping.

Freight Charges if you are adding the shipping charges per product you would enter the charges here.

Freight Charges for Products to follow if you offer a reduced shipping charge for multiples of the product enter that value here, e.g. the first one is $10 and all else are $5 – the all else would be entered here.

Shipping Address from buyer – if you will need the shipping address for this product make it required – if you don’t need it make it optional or not needed.

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The next few items pictured left (click to expand) relate to subscription based products and can allow you to add a purchaser to a particular security role on your site that would enable them to see pages on your site that non members would not be able to see. You can configure the subscription period and the method of subscription billing.

The next part has to do with downloadable products that are part of a subscription and you can determine if a subscriber is able to download all at once or one part at a time during their subscription period. You can also upload the particular product (if it is a downloadable product) here and can set a zip file password.

Normal products will not modify any of the standard settings in this part.

 

Next is the product description and you have two options: a simple text description or an HTML description.

To use a simple text entry for your description click the dial for “Text” to the left side of the entry box. Then enter your text description in the text entry box.

To use an HTML description which enables you to modify and format the text click the HTML dial (this is selected by default) and enter your description in the Text/HTML editor. If you are copy and pasting from another document be sure to use the clipboard past icons for the type of document you are using (this is very important if you are copying from a Word Document as Word Documents contain a lot of bad HTML code that will make it display terribly if you don’t use the Word Document paste feature). You will see the icon that I have highlighted with a red box. Click this icon then paste your content from a Word Document and click paste. You can then edit the content in the text area. With the text editor you can also add a lot of styling to your description.

For further details on using the Text/HTML editor please review our article Adding and Editing the Content of Your Website Using Our Online Text/HTML Editor and click the tab in this article call Text/HTML editor.

We are now to the final steps for adding a new product.

Here you will add the image for your new product. Most often you will upload a new image. However, if you want to add an image that is already available online click the URL dial and enter the full URL of the image to use. If you want to upload an image click “Upload New File”. This will present you with a navigator to find the image on your computer. Navigate to the folder the image is in, select the image to upload and upload. It is important that the image size be appropriate to display on your site. In most circumstance the width of the image should not exceed 600px.

Keywords – enter here the keywords that you would like your product to be found with in the search engines. Visitors to your site will not see this – only the search engines will see this info. Here is a typical example for an adjusting table: chiropractic adjusting table, adjusting table, adjustment bench, treatment table, chiropractic treatment bench, chiropractic adjustment bench. Note that the keyword combinations are comma separated. You should choose a few variations that you feel potential customers would enter into a Google search engine when they are looking for your product.

The click “Add” in the bottom left corner and you have completed adding a new product. The cart will then take you to the advanced configurations for your product, which do not apply to most common products. This is the same page you would be presented with if you choose to edit and existing product. So, before looking at this lets go back to the beginning and say that we didn’t select “Create New” and instead we searched for existing products by either entering a product name (use an * to search for all) or by selecting a product category to search. As and example we will search * and would then be presented with the following page.

To modify and existing product we have 3 options. To use the Full Page Edit (to be able to edit everything about the product) we can click the pencil furthest the left of the product name, we could click the product name, or we can place a check in the box to the right of the product and click “Modify” in the menu above the products. For simplicity I typically choose to click the product name, however all 3 ways will achieve the same result.

This will present you with the same page that we would have seen following the creation of a new product. There is a menu at the top of the product details that allows for advanced configuration. Again advanced configuration is only needed for specific types of products. Most often editing the details of the main page is more than sufficient. From here you can scroll down the page to edit all of the same fields that we used when creating a new product. Be sure to save changes at the very bottom of the page by clicking “Update”. If you navigate away from the page without click update your changes will not be saved.

Alternatively, you could use what is known as the inline editor, which allows you to edit the details of an item without changing pages. Just click the pencil to the left with the lines under the pencil. This will open up all the fields for the product on the current page and allow them to be edited inline (see the image below). I personally don’t prefer this method as it creates a bit of a mess on the page as it spreads all the details of the product using page width instead of page length. However, if you use this method be sure to click the save icon, which looks like a compact disc (I have highlighted it with a red box in the image below)

 

That concludes the adding and editing or products in your Catalook Cart.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via our new support desk.

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