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25th August, 2016 | Tutorials |

Manage Products and Categories in PrestaShop

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In this tutorial we are going to learn about managing the catalog of our PrestaShop store. PrestaShop provides an easy to use interface to manage your products and categories. PrestaShop also includes monitoring tools which you can easily keep track of your products and stocks.

To follow this guide, you must have PrestaShop installed and configured. You can read Create an Ecommerce Website with PrestaShop and Setup and Configure PrestaShop Ecommerce Store to install and configure PrestaShop.

You can find the catalog option on the left sidebar. When you hover over the catalog link from the sidebar, you will see several catalog management options available.

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Create a Category

The first thing we should do is to create the categories for our store. categories are very useful as they let us group products according to their similarity. Categories also helps users to find their product quickly. This also enables users to compare the similar products of same category using PrestaShop's compare feature.

To add a product into the store, the category must be available. To create a new category in your PrestaShop store, go to Catalog >> Categories. In the categories interface you will find some demo categories which were created during PrestaShop installation.

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You can remove the demo category by clicking the down arrow and then selecting Delete button. Once you click the button, you will be asked about the products which are in the categories. The first and recommended option is to associate the products with a parent category and disable then. The second option is to associate the products with the parent category and keep them enabled. The last option is to remove the associate products. As we have demo products in our catalog associated with the category, we can choose the third option to delete the products.

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The Parent category of all the categories in PrestaShop is the Home category. All the categories we create will be a subcategory or child category of Home. We can create as many categories and many level of subcategories we want.

To create a new category, click on Add new category button from top right corner.

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You will see following interface.

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In this interface, you will have to provide the following information.

Once done click on the save button to create a new group. You can create subcategories of a main category by selecting the appropriate parent category. Create a new category using the same method above, but select the parent category other than home.

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Your newly created category will not be visible on the front end, you will have to edit the Top Horizontal Menu module. To edit Top Horizontal Menu, go to Modules and Services >> Modules and Services, from left sidebar, you will see a list of available and installed modules.

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In the list modules, scroll down to find Top Horizontal Menu module.

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Click on the Configure button. You will see interface to configure your Top Horizontal Menu. Select the items you want to display on the menu and click on Add button to add it into selected Items. You can select any CMS page as well as suppliers, manufacturers and both parent category and subcategory.

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You can also choose if you want to display a search bar or not. Click the save button once done, you will see "The settings have been updated." message. Now if you will check the front end of your store, you should see the New Categories on the Top Horizontal Bar.

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Once we have our category setup, we can start adding products into our store.

Adding Products into the Catalog

To add a new product to your PrestaShop store, go to Catalog >> Products. In the Products interface you will find some demo products which were created during PrestaShop installation.

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You can delete all the demo products all at once by clicking Bulk action menu, and then in Bulk action menu, click on Select All button. You will see that all the products will be selected. Now again in the Bulk action menu, click on Delete selected button. It will ask you for confirmation, press OK button and all the demo products will be deleted from your store.

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To add a new product click on Add new product button from the top right area.

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You will see following interface for adding a new product.

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There are many tabs in Add product interface, in which you may provide informations related to your product. Descriptions of important tabs are as follows.

Information

In this tab, you need to provide basic information of the product.

Once done click on Save and stay button, to save your product and stay on the same page to provide more information.

Prices

In the prices tab you can manage the price of your product.

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In the prices tab there are three sections, you will see the following options in the Product Price section.

Next you will see section for adding specific prices. If you want to set quantity or country based discount, you can add rules here in Specific Price section. You can also add per customer based price here. You will find the following options here.

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The last section you will see is the priority management. For a specific customer there can be many price rules which are applicable. In this section you will be able to choose the priority of the rules for the customer.

SEO

In the SEO or Search Engine Optimization you can provide SEO information for your product. In the SEO tab you will find following options.

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Associations

In this tab you can associate your product with categories. In Association tab you will find following options.

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Shipping

In this tab, you will have to provide shipping information including the dimensions of the product.

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Provide package dimensions in package width, height and depth fields. Enter the weight of the package. Now enter the shipping price for the product. Finally choose the carriers through which you want to send the product. If you select no carrier then seller or you will be able to choose any carrier you want.

The next section is product combination, through which we can easily create configurable product.

Quantities

In the quantities tab, you can provide the stock for your product. You can choose whether or not to use the advanced stock management system for this product. You can manually specify the quantities for the product, or you can choose to automatically determine these quantities based on your warehouse stocks if advanced stock management is enabled.

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If you do not want to use advanced stock management, then simply specify the quantities available. Then choose a default action when product is out of stock, you can use default setting of product configuration page, or you can override the default value by either allowing or denying the orders. Click Save and stay once done.

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In this tab you will also find the availability settings, here you can set the minimum amounts of product required to order the product. You can set to 1 to disable this feature as minimum quantity can never be less than 1. Next you can set the text displayed when product is in stock, you can add something like In stock. You can also add the text when product is out of stock and backordering is allowed, you can add something like Will be in stock soon. Further you can specify a date when product will be in stock.

Images

In this section you can set the images for the product. To add an image click on Add image button, now browse the images you want upload. You can either upload a single image or you can upload more then on images by selecting them with ctrl key. Once you browse the files, you will see a button to upload the files. Choose a caption for your image, if the image is not loaded, then the caption of the image will load. Once the files are uploaded, you will see the list of images as table. Select a cover image of you product, which will be displayed as the first image in product page. You can also drag the image to change it's position in product page. You can delete an image by using the delete this image button. Click Save and stay once done.

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Features

In the features tab you can specify the product features, for example dimensions, weight. You can also specify product related features, for example for a book, you can specify author name, total pages, ISBN number etc. Features are useful when comparing a product using PrestaShop's product comparison feature.

Provide the values for the features you want to display on your website. For empty features, the value is not displayed on the product page. You can add a new feature by going to Catalog >> Product Features from sidebar. Then click on Add new feature button to add a new feature.

Attachments

PrestaShop enables you to attach files on the product page. Customers can download and view the files before making purchases.

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Provide a name for your file in Filename field. Now provide a description of your file and click on Add file button to browse the file. PrestaShop will automatically upload the file and you will see the file in Available attachment list. To add the file to your product page, select the file from Available attachment list and then move it to Attachment for this product list by clicking Add button.

Once done click on Save and stay button. You can also checkout suppliers and warehouse tabs before clicking Save and stay button. You can preview the product page before leaving the product edit interface by clicking Preview button on the top of the page.

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It will open a new tab for you and you can view the page same as your customer will view.

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If everything is ok then you can click on Save button to return to the list of products.

Conclusion

In this tutorial we have learnt to add categories into our store. We also learnt to add products in our catalog. You can now successfully install and configure PrestaShop, and also add products and categories into your Store.

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