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Attribute templates allow you to create an attribute once, and apply it to many products, instead of recreating the same attribute over and over. For example, let's say that you sell a hundred different tshirts and all of them are available in small, medium, and large. Assuming that you aren't going to import your product data, you could:
Obviously this is not very efficient, and a faster method is to create the attribute "Size" as part of a template, and then apply the template to all of your t-shirts. Templates can also contain more than one attribute. For example, you could create a template that included the attributes Size, Color, and Fabric.
The instructions in this section describe the general process of creating and using an attribute template. If you have never created attributes and options before, or for detailed information on all of the attribute and option fields, please see Catalog > Edit Product > Attributes Tab. You might find it easier to practice manually creating an attribute in the Attributes tab, and then return to this section to create a template.
3.1. Enter an Attribute Template Code. The code identifies the attribute in the admin interface.
3.2. Enter an Attribute Template Prompt: This is the name you will see when you apply your template to a product. See To Apply an Attribute Template to a Product.
3.3. Click the Add button
In our example, we'll create two attributes: Size and Color. If you aren't sure how to create attributes, or if you want detailed information on all of the attribute fields, please see Catalog > Edit Product > Attributes Tab.
We created two attributes for our template: Size and Color.
This section assumes that you have already created an attribute template
2.1. In the Add Attribute Template dialog box, select a template from the list box that you've already created.
2.2. Click on either the Copy button or the Link button.
For example, if at some time in the future you edit the template and add another attribute called "Material", the Material attribute won't show up for this product.