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How to Add Custom Products and Custom Categories

There might come a time where you want to expand from RevolutionParts OEM catalog. One example of this is adding specialty catalogs or grouping parts together as kits. 

In this tutorial we'll cover the following:

  1. Adding new categories using the builder
  2. Adding new products using the builder
  3. Defining product information and attributes
  4. Bulk uploading products

Helpful Hint:

Organize your categories and subcategories with WriteMaps.com. WriteMaps allows you to get your categories and subcategories organized in a detailed and thorough outline. WriteMaps lets you create up to 3 maps a month free of charge. You can sign up for WriteMaps here!

First start by creating the main categories. After you can add any subcategories below your main categories. Once your site map is created you can move to the next steps below. Your WriteMap may look something like this:

 1. Adding Categories

Note: Before you can begin adding products you will need to start by defining what categories each product will go in. We recommend having a category tree defined first. Refer to the helpful hint above or click on this link: Writemaps

Note: If adding a product to an existing category, scroll down to #2 "Adding Products".

  • Type "Categories" into the helpful search

 

  • Click on "Add a New Category"

 

  • Select Parent Category

  • Select root category for your first category. This should be the highest level of category. Here are a few examples of parent categories:

Example 1 - 

---Tesla Accessories (Root category is the parent)

--------Interior Accessories (Tesla Accessories is the parent)

--------Exterior Accessories (Tesla Accessories is the parent)

--------Apparel and Lifestyle (Tesla Accessories is the parent)

Example 2 - 

---Wrangler Cruise Control Kits (Root category is the parent)

---Liberty Cruise Control Kits (Root category is the parent)

---Wrangler JK Half Door Kits (Root category is the parent)

---Wrangler Power Electric Kits (Root category is the parent)

 

  • Add a Category Name
  • Add a Category Key

The category id should be treated like a website url. It's important to not make this too long and use "-" or "_" instead of spaces. Spaces will not work in between words. 

Here are a few examples of category key:

toyota-accessories

interior-accessories

apparel-and-lifestyle

**Always use lowercase for category key***

  • Add Category Header - This is the title that will display in your menu and category page.
  • Other options
  • Is category visible to users (check yes to make visible)
  • List subcategories on catalog page (check yes if you plan on having subcategories)
  • Display subcategory images on Catalog Page (recommended if you want to display image categories)
  • Priority (use this to sort categories)
  • SEO Properties (Optional) - Adding your Meta Titles and Descriptions can help search engines identify what that page is about and also help draw better click through rates. 
  • Category Description Top and Bottom - Add content to help visitors better understand what that page is about. You have two sections; top and bottom.
  • Category Image - This is the main image that will be used at the top of the page. The recommended size is 300x200 or 150x150.
  • Save Changes!

 

2. Adding Products

You can add products through the products manager or upload in bulk. To add products through the store manager follow these instructions:

  • Type "add new products"
  • Basic Properties
    • Product title (name) - title of the part
    • Product ID - part number (NOTE: You must follow one of the part number requirements below)
      • 5+ digit number
      • 4+ alphanumeric with minimum 1 letter and 1 digit
      • Anything with an underscore
      • Any "word" with 2 or more hyphens ("touch-up" will not work "touch-up-paint" will work)
      • No special characters, including +  (  [  {  *  &  %  etc
    • Main Category (primary) - select the main category
    • Secondary Categories - select this to add the product to multiple categories (Ctrl+click) if you want select more than one. 
    • Brand
    • Google Product Category
    • Is this product available - leave selected unless you don't want to make public
    • Primary Image - 1020x680 or smaller recommended for zoom
    • Image Alt Text
  • Pricing
    • Cost - required
    • Item Price - list price 
    • Sale Price - required
    • Core Charge
    • Call for Price
    • Use OEM Price an Attributes
    • Product Description - add plain text or html 
    • Sales Tax Properties - select "General" from dropdown menu
  • Product Description (enter description of product)
  • Product Properties (pricing and shipping related information)
    • Unit Weight - required
    • Package width - recommended for more accurate shipping quotes
    • Package height - recommended for more accurate shipping quotes
    • Package length - recommended for more accurate shipping quotes
    • Mark product as a "Hot Deal" - will add the hot deal sticker 
    • Show product on homepage - click if you want to display on your homepage
  • SEO Properties
  • Save Changes

Attributes

You may have a product that has a core charge, various colors or assemblies. Based on these selections, it may also impact price and shipping weight. 

  • Click on "Attributes"
  • Click "Create New Attribute"
  • Add Attribute
    • Attribute Name - for your understanding 
    • Attribute Caption - what the customer will see
    • Priority - used for sorting if you have multiple attributes 
    • Attribute type - drop-down is most common
    • Options - input the attribute option

Attribute Examples

Accessory bag where customer can choose their preferred color:

  • Save Changes. Here is what it looks like:

  • Adding an attribute that increases the price:

 

  • Save Changes. Here is what it looks like:

Inventory Control

  • Tracking Inventory at Attribute Level - Track only defined combinations

  • Here is another example where we need to add a refundable core charge using the radio button option:

  • Save Changes. Here is what it looks like:

Bulk Uploading Products

If you plan on adding a lot or products and feel comfortable working in excel this option may be good for you. Simply download the excel template found in the attachments below and input your product data.

Categories Column:

If you have only one category then use the Category Key. If you want to add a product with multiple categories use "||" with no spaces between the category keys. 

Examples:

toyota-accessories||interior-accessories

toyota-accessories||apparel-and-lifestyle

How to upload your spreadsheet:

  • Create an excel spreadsheet (NOTE: An excel template is provided at the bottom of the article)
  • Next make sure to save as a .CSV file in excel. 

 

  • Type "Bulk Upload Product" and click tab

 

  • Upload your .CSV (comma delimited file) with all of your products then click upload file
  • Map your columns to the right data (useful in case you rename the columns or want to bulk upload other data such as Meta Titles and Descriptions). Skip will skip that column. For example, if we had dimensional information we would want to select from the drop down menu and map it to the appropriate data field. 

 

 

  • Click "Update Products" and you're all done! 

Final Thoughts

If you plan on uploading products in bulk it may be easier to do the same with images. To do this request your store id from support and then visit this how to article. Click here to learn how to bulk upload images.

Once your products are added send an email to our support team so we can find the best place to incorporate it into your design. Common places include the menu or directly on the homepage. If you want to look at the products before then click on the "Site Map" link found at the footer of your website. There you will find your categories with links to your products. If you have any further questions feel free to contact our support. 

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