A product type is a template of settings and attributes that you create for a specific set of products. Every product in your catalog has a single product type associated to it, and you must associate each product with a single product type. You can modify your product types to include additional attributes if you want to add options and extras for shoppers to select or configure on your site.
There are four different product types in Kibo eCommerce that you can use:
|Standard Product||A standard product does not have any configurable options; however, it can have extras and properties such as brand and/or material. If a shopper orders a standard product, they do not choose any options to configure the product.|
|Configurable Product with Options||A configurable product with options includes extras, properties, and options that shoppers can select to further configure the product. If a shopper orders a configurable product with options, they will need to select values for the options that are included on the product type such as size and/or color.|
|Product Bundle||A product bundle is made up of individual bundle components that a shopper can order as one product, such as a suit bundle that includes a tie, shirt, jacket, and pants.|
|Bundle Component||A bundle component is a product that is a component of a product bundle, such as a shirt in a suit bundle.|
For example, imagine that you sell ties, shirts, and suits. Given this, your product types might be the following:
After you create any of the above product types and add the attributes that apply to that product type, each time you add a new product, the attributes appear automatically on the product page. You can then use this information to assign the attribute values that describe the new product.Note: You can always add attributes that you need to use for product types. When added, they become available for all current products with that type. Refer to Product Attributes for more information about adding attributes to product types.
Base Product Type
By default, all product catalogs include a base product type with default attributes such as product availability, cross-sells, and up-sells. However, you should only use this base product type for your products if the product attributes within it are suitable for your products. If you need more product attributes to sufficiently describe your products, Kibo eCommerce recommends creating unique product types for your products.
For more information about product attributes, refer to Product Attributes.
When adding property attributes to a product type, you can specify whether the property and its values are available to be displayed on specific storefront page types using the Display Group drop-down menu. You can control whether or not a property is actually displayed on your storefront using your theme. The Display Group selection only specifies whether or not the property is available to your theme on specific storefront page types.
Refer to the following table for more information about the possible display group selections:
|Storefront Details and Listings||The property and its values are available on product detail pages as well as product listing pages, such as categories and search results.|
|Storefront Details||The property and its values are available only on product detail pages.|
|Admin Only||The property and its values are not available on storefront pages, and display only in Admin.|
To specify a Display Group selection, select a value in the drop-down menu:
Attribute List Value Order
When you add an attribute that has an input type of List, such as a property or an extra, to a product type, you must select all applicable list values for the product type.
The order in which you place the list values in on the product type under the Selections section, controls the order that Kibo eCommerce displays the list values in on the product details page on your storefront.
List Value Order Example
Refer to the following example for more information:
- You create a Brand property and specify the following list values for this property:
- You then add this property to your Shirt product type, and place the list values in the following order under the Selections section:
- Then, you create a new shirt product and specify two of these brands for the product:
- Regardless of the order you placed the values in when you created either the attribute or the product, Kibo eCommerce displays the values in the order they're in on the product type on your storefront:
Keep the order the values are in under the Selections section in mind when you create new product types that use list attribute values.
Refer to Product Attributes for more information about creating product attributes with an input type of List.
Create Product Types
To create a new product type:
- Go to System > Schema > Product Types.
- Click Create New Product Type.
- Enter a Name.
- In the Support Usage Types list, select the options that apply to your product type:
- Standard Product
- Configurable Product With Options
- Product Bundle
- Bundle Component
- Under each attribute type, click Add to associate attributes with this product type. Note: Depending on the attribute type that you add to the product type and the attribute's input values, you might be required to select specific configurations of the attribute. Refer to Product Attributes for more information about adding attributes to a product type.
- Click Save.