You can watch this video or read the tutorial below to understand more about Products Dashboard in Magento 2.
- 1 Introduce Magento 2 Products Dashboard
- 2 Six default product types in Magento 2
- 3 How to set up other product types
Introduce Magento 2 Products Dashboard
Product is the most important thing in any E-commerce websites. Before selling online with Magento 2, we will have a quick look at the dashboard of Magento 2 which can manage all of your products.
You have to follow this path to open Magento 2 Product Dashboard: Product >> Catalog.
On the image below, you can see that Magento 2 product dashboard includes these functions for you to manage products:
There are 4 main function panels:
: a place that contains all of your products information such as images, name, price, quantity, identification code (SKU) …etc.Products Table
: Where you can edit, change, update products in bulk easily.Action Box
:Filter and View modes
- Filter: you can select product with specific information such as: price, quantity .. ( you can see the products that cheaper than $100, or available quantity is under 10 … with this function)
- Number of products view in the first page: Choose to see 20 or 50 … products in 1 views from dashboard.
- Product listing page: Go to next and previous pages of products.
- View shortcut: Want to quickly access some special view such as : Filter Number of products that have quantity under 10 to purchase more from suppliers, you can save this view as a shortcut to quickly access in the next time in 1 click without using filter again.
- Column display setting in the table: Choose which information will be shown in the table by tick on it.
: You can start to add a new product by click on this button.Add Product button
Six default product types in Magento 2
You can create any different kind of product types that you want with Magento 2. However, in default mode, Magento 2 has the same 6 product types but it has some improvements in detail of each type in comparison with Magento 1:
- Simple Products
- Grouped Products
- Bundled Products
- Configurable Products
- Virtual Products
- Downloadable Products
It is really important to understand about 6 default product types because each one of them has its specific type and attributes.
As it’s named, a simple product is a physical item with a single SKU. This type of products has a variety of pricing and of input controls which make it possible to sell variations of the product. Simple products can be used in association with grouped, bundle, and configurable products.
A configurable product looks like a single product with drop-down lists of options for each variation. Each option is actually a separate simple product with a unique SKU, which makes it possible to track inventory for each product variation. You could achieve a similar effect by using a simple product with custom options, but without the ability to track inventory for each variation.
Different with 2 types above, grouped product is made up of simple standalone products that are presented as a group. You can offer variations of a single product, or group them by season or theme to create a set of different products. Each product can be purchased separately or as part of the group. In the shopping cart, each item is listed separately.
Virtual products are not tangible products and are typically used for products such as services, memberships, warranties, and subscriptions. Virtual products can be sold individually, or included as part of the following product types: Grouped Product and Bundle Product.
A bundled product let customers “build their own” from an assortment of options. The bundle could be a gift basket, computer, or anything else that can be customized. Each item in a bundle can be based on one of the following product types: Simple Product and Virtual Product.
A downloadable product can be anything that you can deliver as a file, such as an eBook, music, video, software application, or update. You can offer an album for sale, and sell each song individually. You can also use a downloadable product to deliver an electronic version of your product catalog.
Because the actual download doesn’t become available until after the purchase, you can provide samples, such as an excerpt from a book, a clip from an audio file, or a trailer from a video that the customer can try before purchasing the product. The files that you make available for download can be either uploaded to your server, or from a different server.
How to set up other product types
Create a Simple Product
On the administrator backend, you need to follow this path: Product >> Catalog.Click on “Add product” button then choose “Simple product”.
There is an “Add Product” button on the top right of admin menu, you click on the dropdown menu and choose “Simple product”:
You need to fill in:
|Product name||Fill in your product name|
|SKU||This is an identification code for each product, you can find exactly any product by searching for this code.|
|Price||The price of your product|
|Tax class||Choose this box to Taxable Goods|
|Images & Video||Upload your images or videos of product here|
|Quantity||The number of products that you have in store, choose the status to in stock or out of stock|
|Weight||Fill in the weight of product if needed|
|Categories||Place this product in suitable categories, in this example, I place it in category Camera that I have just created by click New category|
|Description||The description of product that you want to sell to help customers understand more about it as well as persuade them to purchase|
|Downloadable Information||For downloadable product or configurable product type only, you can skip them.|
* About other tabs:
_ Image and Video: You can choose to upload more images. or videos here
_ Search engine optimization: You can optimize your product for SEO. We will talk about this later in Magento 2 SEO series if you are serious about SEO.
_ Website: Keep it in default, there is nothing to change here
_ Advance setting tab: These setting will be beneficial for your store if it’s big enough, however, with small online store, you can skip these settings.
Choose status of product to “Product Online” and then click “Save” to publish the product.
Done, you have finished creating a new simple product in Magento 2.
Create a Configurable Product
To create a configurable product, you do the same step 1 and step 2 in previous topic about how to create a simple product:
Click on Add Product >> Configurable Product.
Fill the information in blank spaces: Product name; SKU; Price, Store view, Quantiy, …etc
For example, choose “color attribute” when you go to attribute value step, tick all colors of product that you had.
Then you need to configure the Product Images, Price, and Quantity. This step determines the images, pricing and quantity of each configuration. The available options are the same for each, and you can choose only one. You can apply the same setting to all SKUs, apply a unique setting to each SKU, or skip the settings for now.
In the next stage, you can see the preview about your created configurable products. Hit “Generate Product” to finish process.
After successfully create configurations for your product, Save Product.
Choose status of product to “Product Online” and then click “Save” to publish the product
Create a Grouped Product
Following these 4 steps to set up a grouped product
Do the same as simple productand
Scroll down and tap on “Add Products To Group” button
In the list, mark the checkbox of each item that you want to include in the group then tap “Add Selected Products” to add them to the group.
Create a Virtual Product
Virtual products are used to represent non-tangible items such as memberships, services, warranties, or subscriptions. Aside from the absence of the Weight field, the process of creating a virtual product and a simple product is the same.
Create a Bundle Product
The selection of options appears when the customer taps either the Customize and Add to Cart button. Because the products that are included in the bundle vary, the SKU, Price, and Weight can be set to either a dynamic or fixed value.
Following these step to create bundle product:
Do the same as mentioned above. Notice that there are some change in option of SKU, price, weight … between dynamic and fixed.and
Scroll down to the Bundle Items section. Then, set Ship Bundle Items to one of the following: Separately or Together.
Tap “Create New Option”. Then, mark the checkbox of each product that you want to include in this option.
If there are many products, use the list filters and pagination controls to find the products you need. Then tap “Add Selected Products”.
In the Default Quantity column, enter the quantity of each item that is to be added to the bundle when a customer chooses the item.
To allow customers to change the quantity of any bundle item, mark the User Defined checkbox of any item that you do not want changed.
Repeat these steps for each item you want to add to the bundle. To remove any item from the bundle, tap the Delete icon.
Create a Downloadable Product
Following these step to create downloadable product:
Do the same as mentioned above.and
Complete Downloadable Information
Scroll down to Downloadable Information, and expand the section. Then, mark the “Is this downloadable product?” Checkbox.
The Downloadable Information section has two parts. The first part describes each download link, and the second part describes each sample file. Click on Add new link and complete the links.
Click on “Add new link” and complete the sample if you want to provide a sample to customer.