Adding Products

To Your Store

What good is a shop without any products?  Luckily, with just a little practice, you will be a pro at adding products to your Home Brewed shop.  Getting to your products is very easy, and only requires a few clicks!

  • Log into your Home Brewed Outdoors account
  • Click on the “Products” link on your account screen
  • Click on “Add Product” at the top of the screen
  • On the product screen you will add all of the necessary product information.  This screen has a lot of different options, but don’t worry, we will go through each one below!

Product Name and Description

The first thing you will need to do is name your product.  We suggest putting your company name first, a dash and then the specific product name.  For instance, if your company was named Best Baits, and your product was Greatest Worm, we would suggest naming your product “Best Baits – Greatest Worm.”

Below that is the product description.  If you look at a product on Home Brewed Outdoors, you have two different descriptions, one to the right of the product photo, and one below it.  

  • The Product Description field controls the main product description, that appears at the bottom of the product details, under the product photo.  We suggest using this field for an in depth description of your product, features you would like to highlight or any other information you feel the customer would like.  
  • On a product detail page, the description to the right of the photo is called the “Product Short Description.”  That is because this is a short text blimp that will appear next to where the customer selects the product options.  We suggest using this for a brief description of the different product options, or if your products are made to order, providing a timeline the customer can expect their product to ship.

Product Types

Once you get your descriptions typed in, it is time to setup all the necessary product data.  This will include the type of product, price, inventory (if you keep inventory in stock) and the different variations (also called Options) of your product.  

First, you will need to determine which type of product you want to create, a Simple Product of a Variable Product.

  • Simple products do not have any options.  An example of a simply product would be a hat that comes in one color and one size.  If your product has no options, then it should be setup as a simple product.
  • Variable products are ones with multiple options.  Most products will fall into this category.   Products can have multiple variations.  An example of a product with one variation would be a plastic worm that comes in multiple colors.  Each color would be considered a variable of the product.  An example of a product with multiple variations would be bass fishing jig.  The jig will come in multiple weights (one variation) and multiple colors (a second variation).

Product Categories and Images

Now that we have all the product data entered about our product, it’s time to select our product category and upload our images.  These are two very important steps because the category is how the consumer will find your product and the image is the first thing they will see!  Luckily, these are very easy to do!

The Product Categories menu separates the Product Description and the Product Data fields, and looks like this:

Product Categories New

This will be a full list of all the available product categories on Home Brewed Outdoors.  You will want to look over these categories, and select the most specific category you can find for your item.  Keep in mind that we are always adding new categories, so if you don’t see one appropriate for your item, just let us know and we will be more than happy to add it for you!  In the case of our plastic worms, we would select “Worms” under the “Freshwater Fishing” > “Soft Plastic” headings.

Now that we have selected our category, it’s time to add some pictures!  Depending on the item type (Simple or Variable) you will have 2 or three possible areas you can upload a photo, and they are outlined below:

  • Featured Image – The featured image is the one that will appear in the catalog of Home Brewed Outdoors.  This image is the one that represents the product, and if you have multiple variations of your product, this image should be the best one of the bunch. 

 

  • Product Gallery – The product gallery is where you can upload different views of your product, or any other pictures that you would like to appear in the product listing, under the main photo.  Consumers will be able to click on these photos, and they will take the place of the featured image within the listing.  You can have up to four product gallery images, and may organize and reorganize them in a drag and drop manner on your product listing page.

 

  • Variation Photos – If you have a variable product, it is always a good idea to have a photo of each variation, if its appearance differs from the other product variations.  When we setup a variable product for a plastic worm, since there were different colors of the worm, we would want to have a photo of each color, so the consumer could see what each color looks like.  When a consumer is looking at a product listing, and they select a variation of your product to purchase, the featured image (main product image) will change to the photo you have uploaded for that specific variation.  These photos are found within the specific product variation, and can be viewed by clicking on the “Variations” tab.  To load photo for a specific variation, simply click on the photo area (under the SKU).  You may load one image per variation.  When there is no photo present, it will look like this:

variation photo

Now that you know where you can add photos, we will go over uploading them!  Once you have taken your product photos, and saved them to your computer, uploading them is very easy.

    • First, select the area you would like to upload a photo to, and click on the photo link.
    • That will open the “Media Library.”  This will contain all of the media you have uploaded to Home Brewed Outdoors.  If you have not uploaded any media, this will be blank!  At the top of the Media Library, click on “Upload Files.”
    • This will open the file uploaded, and you can either drag the photo file from your desktop onto this screen, or click on the “Select Files” button to search through your computer directory to located the files.  Once you select the file, it will automatically upload and appear in your Media Library.

  • After the file has uploaded, it will automatically be selected, and you can click “Set Product Image.”  That will automatically add the photo to your listing.

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Adding Product Data

When adding a simple product, there are a few pieces of information you will need to fill out, including a SKU, item price, item weight and your inventory management options.  This will also be where you can enter a sales price and start/end date, should you want to run a sale.  Simple Products will have this information across three tabs: 

General Tab

  • SKU – A SKU is a unique combination of numbers and letters that you use as a “code” to identify your products.  This is for your own records, and is not a necessary field.  If you do not wish to use a SKU, you can simply leave this field blank.
  •  Regular Price – This is the regular price you want to charge for your item.
  • Sale Price (Schedule) – If you wish to setup a predetermined sale for your product, you would do so here.  You can enter the sale price of your item, and then click on the “Schedule” link to indicate when you want the sale to start.  It is not necessary to have a sale on your items, and this field may be left blank.

  Inventory Tab

  • Manage Stock? – For a simple product, you will not have multiple variations of the product that you may need to track the inventory of.  Therefore, clicking this option allows you to enter your stock for your product.  When your product sells, this number will automatically update, and when you need to add more inventory, this is the field you will edit to do so.  If your products are made to order, then you can leave this option unchecked.
    • Stock Qty – If you elect to manage your stock on Home Brewed Outdoors, this will be where you enter the actual inventory number.
    • Allow Backorders? – If you are managing stock, then at some point, you will sell out!  When you do, you can still take orders if you select to allow backorders.  If you do allow backorders, you have two options, either to notify customers they are backordering a product or not notifying them.
  • Stock Status – This displays if you have products “In Stock” or “Out of Stock.”  If you ever run out of stock, this will automatically change to “Out of Stock” and will need to be manually changed at the time you add more inventory.

 Shipping Tab

  • Weight (oz) – If you have your shipping charges based on the total weight of your items in a cart, this is where you will need to enter the weight of each item.  However, if you are not using weight to calculate shipping, then you may leave this field blank.

And that’s all there is to it!  Once you have completed these tabs, simply smash the “Add Product” button and you are done!

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Setting up variable products is very much like setting up a simple product, but the product data is entered for each variation.  The two description fields still operate the exact same and the only differences will come in the “Product Data” section.   For this example, we will be entering a plastic worm with 3 different colors, green pumpkin, watermelon and black.

  • First, select “Variable Product” from the Product Type menu.

Once you do this, you will notice that some of your options have changed, and two new tabs appear.  You will also notice that many of the tabs have disappeared.  This is because everything will now be controlled on the variation level, allowing you to price each differently.  For instance, if we wanted to sell our Black worms for more, we can now do that!

  • To create a variable product, you will first need to create the product options.  In order to do so, you will need to click on the Product Options tab.  Think of options as what makes that product unique or identifies what that product is.  In our case, our options will be our different worm colors.  If you had a fishing jig, you would have different colors, as well as different weights.  Each unique option will need to be setup individually
  • After clicking on the Product Options tab, you will need to select your first attribute.  Simply click on the drop down titled “Select Product Attribute, and select the criteria for your product option and click “Add”.  If you do not see an attribute that fits your product, let us know, and we will add it ASAP!
  • Once the Color attribute appears, then you simply need to add the different colors, being sure to separate each color with the “Pipe” symbol (|).  This is generally located above the “Enter” key, and looks like to vertical dashes.

Now that you have your attributes added, it’s time to enter your products.  To do so, you can either click on the “Variations” tab, or simply click on the “Create All Product Variations” button.  This will create all the possible options of your product.  In our example, it will automatically create all three colors of our worms. You will get a pop up asking if you are sure, click on Yes and then another pop up will appear, showing you how many variations you have created.  Click on “Ok” and your variations will appear.

It may look like there is a lot of information here, but it is actually all the same fields from a simple product, just not spread out across three different tabs.  One feature that is not present on a simple product is the ability to bulk edit all of your variations.  If you have a few variations, edits across all of them is easy, but if you have 20, 30 or more variations, going one at a time will take a while!  You will notice three buttons, “Update All Variation Prices,” “Update All Sale Prices” and, “Update All Shipping Weights” If you click on any of these, it will allow you  to make a change across all of your variations.

If you have any questions on filling out these fields, you can refer to the “Simple Product” tab, where we explain each one.  The only difference here is that each field will be specific to that one variation, and not to all of the variations. 

One thing to point out, the “Default Form Values: [?]” drop down menu will allow you to select a default starting product.  If no default is set, when a customer looks at your product, they will simply need to use the product drop down to select their product options.  Using this allows you to set a specific variation as already selected when the open your product page.  Once you have all your product information entered, you are at the finish line!  Simply hit “Add Product” and you’re done!

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