The product code uniquely identifies the product in the store database.
The name of the product that customers will see in your store.
The product name is a descriptive label. It appears in many areas of the store, including the major heading for the product details screen.
The name can be up to 100 characters long, alphanumeric, and can be changed at any time. Upper — and lower — case letters, along with numbers, spaces, and symbols, can be used in the product name.
Product display order can be determined by name. This can be either ascending or descending on the product list screen, and within categories. Some businesses choose to name products so the ordering naturally clusters certain items or brand names together. To do this, establish a naming convention in your store where the more general information comes first, followed by the more specific information. For example:
Compare the order above with:
|SKU:||Stock Keeping Unit. An internal identifier you may have for your products.|
|Category Code:||Use the Category Code field to assign this product to a Category in your store.
|Canonical Category Code:||
Canonical Category Code: If you want to assign a product to one or more categories, use the Category Code field (above) or see Catalog > Edit Product > Categories Tab. Use the Canonical Category Code for the following reasons:
However, there are cases where the customer can go directly to a product page without navigating; for example, if your customer reaches a product page from a Google search, or from search results in your store. In this case, Miva Merchant software doesn't know how to create a breadcrumb.
Miva Merchant handles this case with the Canonical Category Code. If the customer jumps directly to a product page, the breadcrumb will show the category that you entered in this field. If you leave this field empty and the customer jumps directly to a product page, the software will use the first category in the category tree to which the product is assigned, as the breadcrumb default.
|Alternate Display Page:||
Allows you to use multiple templates for products. For example, you could use one product display template for DVDs that you sell and another product display template for t-shirts.
Example: Creating and using multiple product templates
2.1. Edit the original PROD page. In the Page tab, select all of the template code and paste it temporarily into a text file.
2.2. Select the Items tab. This screen shows you all of the items that can be added to this page. A gray icon means the item is not currently assigned (in use by the page). The blue icon means the item is currently assigned to the page.
2.3. Click on the Assigned heading until it has a minus sign next to it That will sort the item list and put all of the items in use at the top of the screen.
2.4. Make a note of all of the items currently in use by the page. You can do this by making one or more screen caps, or you can select all of the items in use and then click the button to export the list as a text file.
2.5. Go to > User Interface > Pages tab and click the Add Page button.
2.6. In our example, we'll use PROD_T-SHIRT as both the new page Code and Name. Paste the template code that you copied from the original PROD page into the Template field of the new page, then click the Add button. An Items tab will appear. Click on the Items tab.
2.7. Open the screen capture that you made of the Items tab for the original PROD page, or your exported CSV list. In the Items tab of the new page, select the same items, then click the Assign Record(s) button.
Your new product page now has the same template code and items used by the original PROD page. Now you can customize the new product page in any way that you wish.
In our example we'll edit one of our t-shirt products. In the > Catalog > Products > Edit Product (product name) > Product tab > Alternate Display Page field, enter "PROD_T-SHIRT", or click on the Look Up button; then click the Update button.
Note that you can use the same process to create multiple templates for your categories.
|Price:||Enter the Price for the product. This is the price that will normally appear in the store. Discounts may be applied, based on this price, when the product is offered to customers who are members of a Price Group, or when the product is offered as an upsale product.|
|Cost:||Enter the Price for the product. This is the price that will normally appear in the store. Discounts may be applied, based on this price, when the product is offered to customers who are members of a Price Group, or when the product is offered as an upsale product.|
Shipping charges are usually based on the combined weight of the products ordered. The Weight you enter here should be the shipping weight of the item, including any required packaging. For instance, a 40 pound blown-glass art piece might require a wooden crate and cushioning materials weighing an additional 20 pounds, so the shipping weight would be 60 pounds for that item.
Weight values are always specified in the Units of Measurement (Weight) field on the Edit Store / Settings screen. There is one unit of measurement that is used for all weights throughout the store.
The Description is what customers see on the product screen in your store. The description can be as long as you like, and can be entered as plain text to use the default formatting, or as HTML code, to format the description exactly as you like.
If Rich Text Mode is enabled, you can apply formatting or insert tables and images directly in the text box.
Wrap Text: Wrap Text only affects the Description field in the edit product > Details section. It does not affect how product description text is displayed in your on-line store. You may want to check this box if you often have long product descriptions.
Note: Wrap Text does not work in conjunction with Rich Text Mode. Rich Text Mode enables word wrap in the input box by default.
Before you can use the Wrap Text field in Edit Product, you must set your account default for this field.
The Rich Text Editor works just like the text editors in WordPad or any email client application. You can choose font family and size, text and background color, apply bold, italic, underline or strikethrough, include bullet and numbered lists, insert tables, hypertext links and pictures. You can also set text alignment (left, right, center, justified) and perform search and replace functions.
Before you can use the Rich Text Editor on Description fields, you must set your User account Text Editor Settings to enable it.
Note that enabling the Rich Text Editor will cause slower load times on pages with Rich Text editors.
Add content, such as trust marks, logos, etc, above or below the product content on a product (PROD) page.
This section will only appear if you have enabled the UPS Developer Kit Module.
|Product Requires Additional Handling:||Check this box if the product meets the UPS requirements for an additional handling fee. See: http://www.ups.com/content/ca/en/shipping/cost/additional.html#Additional+Hand ling+Fee|
|Delivery Confirmation:||Allows you to set the delivery confirmation requirements for this product. What you select here will override the global Default Delivery Confirmation setting.|
|Freight Packaging:||UPS calls this the "Packaging Type". It is a way of telling UPS about the container you are using.|
|Freight Classification:||The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) has defined 18 freight classes.
The higher the class, the higher the rate for every hundred pounds.
The freight class is based on four properties:
|NMFC Commodity Code:||The NMFC publishes a list of codes to describe products (commodities). Carriers use this code to calculate freight shipping. See also: http://www.nmfta.org/pages/nmfc|
|Freight Dangerous Goods:||
You must check this box if your product meets the definition of "dangerous goods" as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation. See:
|Freight Dangerous Goods Aircraft Type:||If the package is marked as dangerous, you have to specify whether it can go on a passenger or cargo plane.|
Use this section to restrict payment methods at the product level.
In our example, we've already installed the Authorize.Net Payment Module and selected the Authorize.Net American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.
For related examples, please see:
For a bird's eye view see: To Configure Payment Modules and Methods.
Shipping rules can be set in two places:
Use these fields to describe the smallest box that this product can ship in. If you are using Always Use the Fallback Package Dimensions, and the fallback dimensions are not the same as the shipping dimensions for this product, the shipping rates that you get for this product will be also be inaccurate.
To get the most accurate shipping quotes for this product:
|Product Always Ships in Separate Packaging||
You might use this field if you have special packaging requirements for a product. For example, if you sell a hat that ships in a special box, you would enter the dimensions of the special box in the Shipping Dimensions field, and then create a box with those same dimension in Packaging Rules > Boxes Tab.
When the system tries to calculate the shipping rate, it sees that this item must be packaged separately, so even if the whole order could fit in one box, the software will put the entire order minus this product in one box, and then go looking for a box to put this product in. If you enter the shipping dimensions for this product as 12" x 12" x 12", and then create a box the same size, the software will automatically choose that box since it looks for the smallest box to use.
|Limit Shipping Methods||See Permitted Shipping Methods.|
|Permitted Shipping Methods:||
You can control the shipping methods that you want to offer customers at the store level (store wide default shipping methods). You can also control the list of shipping methods that are available for a specific product (product level shipping methods).
To enable shipping methods at the store level, you first enable a shipping module, then you edit the module's tab to enable specific shipping methods. For example, if you want to offer your customers FedEx shipping:
If you want to restrict shipping options at the product level:
Please also see Miva Merchant Images - A Brief History.
Thumbnail images are small images, usually about 150 x 150 pixels, that can appear in different pages in your store. The example below shows how to add a thumbnail image to a product, and then have the thumbnail image appear in the Category page.
5.1. Select > User Interface > Pages tab.
5.2. Edit the Category Display (CTGY) page.
5.3. Scroll down to the Category Product List Layout section. Click on the Image drop-down list. Select Thumbnail, then click the Update button.
After you click the Update button, thumbnail images will appear in your store's category page.
The process for adding a full-sized image to the product page is the same as adding a thumbnail image: