How to Add a Variable Product

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A variable product is a product with multiple attributes, such as size, colour, flavour, etc. To add a product with no differentiating attributes, read the instructions on How to Add a Simple Product in the previous section.

  1. To begin adding a product, follow any of the steps below:
    • Visit
    • From the Products section (on the left side of the Dashboard page), click on the “Add new product” button
    • From your Dashboard’s Products panel, click on “+ Add New Product”
  2. Continue to the “Add New Product” page. This page allows you to quickly add new products. Another page will follow with additional fields.
  3. Add product images by clicking on the “Upload Product Image” button. This will open a new window:
    • To upload a new image file, click on the “Select Files” button to browse from files on your computer, or drag the files from your computer and drop them into the window.
    • To select an image file that you’ve previously uploaded, click on the “Media Library” tab and select an image.
    • Once your image is selected, you have the option to fill in the attachment details fields on the right
      • Alt Text: write a short description of the image for users who are unable to see it. More info.
      • Title: enter a unique title for your image
    • Click on the “Set Featured Image” button in the bottom right
    • To add additional images to your product, click on the [+] button under your main image, follow the above instructions, and click on the “Add to Gallery” button
  4. Fill in the additional fields. Below is an explanation of each field on the Add New Product page:
    • Product name: the name of the product as it will appear in your shop
    • Price: the listed price of the product, as determined by you (do not apply the commission or credit card processing fees)
    • Short description of the product: a brief written description of the product – you can add a longer, more comprehensive description of the product in the “Description” field below
    • Select product category: the main category or subcategory in which the product belongs. Begin typing or click in the field to view the options you can select. You may add as many categories that apply to your product. You can use tags (see below) to further describe the product. To remove a category from the field, click the “x” to the left of the category.
    • Tags: keywords or phrases to help describe the product. Type a keyword or phrase and press ENTER/RETURN to add each separate tag. You may use as many tags as you wish.
    • Description: the longform description of the product – you can be as thorough as you wish in this field. Use the formatting bar to change the text format and add hyperlinks.
  5. Click the “Create Product” button. This will direct you to the Edit Product page, which allows you to add more information about your product. Below is an explanation of each additional field on the Edit Product page:
    • Product type: select “Variable” for a product with multiple attributes, such as size, colour, or flavour. (For information on adding a product with no differentiating attributes, read the instructions on “How to a Simple Product” in the help centre.)
    • Inventory: this section is optional and may be filled if you wish to manage inventory for the product
      • SKU: the stock keeping unit product code you’ve created for the product. It should be a unique set of characters which will not match to any other product.
      • Stock status: the current status of the product in your inventory
        • In stock: the product is in stock and available for purchase
        • Out of stock: the product out of stock and unavailable for purchase
        • On backorder: the product is currently out of stock but available for purchase
      • Enable product stock management: select this option if you wish to place a limit on quantities of the product’s inventory
        • Stock quantity: the quantity currently in stock of the product
        • Low stock threshold: the quantity in which the customer is notified that the product is in low stock
        • Allow backorders: allows you to take pre-orders when the product is out of stock but will be replenished
    • Geolocation: please leave the “Same as store” box marked as checked
    • Shipping and Tax: please leave the “This product requires shipping” box marked as checked, you do not need to enter the weight, length, width or height.
      • Shipping Class: as part of Shop Signatures’ all-inclusive pricing model, all items require free shipping. Please leave the shipping class set to “Free Shipping”.
      • Tax Status: if the product requires sales tax applied, select “Taxable” (note: sales tax will be applied automatically based on the purchasing customer’s geolocation). If the product does not require sales tax applied, select “None”. Do not select “Shipping only”.
      • Tax Class: if the product requires sales tax applied, select “Standard”. If the product does not require sales tax applied, select “Zero rate”.
    • Linked Products: this provides you with an option to upsell the product or to cross-promote other products from your inventory
      • Upsells: products that you can recommend instead of the currently viewed product. Begin typing in the field to search for a product in your inventory to upsell.
      • Cross-sells: products that you can promote in the customer’s cart, based on the current product you’re adding. Begin typing in the field to search for a product in your inventory to cross-sell.
    • Attribute and Variation: this allows you to manage the variable attributes for the product. Below is a guide to creating and editing the product’s attributes:
      • Select “Custom Attribute” and click on the “Add Attribute” button.
      • Enter the attribute Name and its value(s). You can create more values by entering the attribute name and pressing ENTER/RETURN.
      • If the product only has one attribute variation, select “Add variation” from the drop-down menu, then click the “Go” button.
      • If the product has several attribute variations, select “Create variations from all attributes” from the drop-down menu, then click the “Go” button.
      • All possible product variations are then created automatically. You can now can edit them according to your requirements.
      • Click on the arrow down button next to the variation you wish to edit. This will open several more options for the variation.
      • Enter the price, dimensions, and any other relevant fields for the product variation. You can also remove any of the variations that you do not have available for the product.
      • When you are done editing the variation, save it by clicking on the “Save Variations” button.
    • RMA Options: by default, your return and warranty settings adhere to the shipping terms added at store setup. If you wish to override these settings and create your own for a specific product, check the “Override your default RMA settings for this product” box. This will reveal more fields, which are explained by hovering over the “?” beside each field title.
    • Other Options: a few more customizable options are available for the product. Below is an explanation of each field:
      • Product Status: if you wish for the product to be visible on your shop when you save it, select “Online”. If you wish to save your changes and come back to them later without publishing the product, select “Draft”.
      • Visibility: you can determine whether the product is visible or hidden to customers after you save it. If you wish for the product to only be visible in your shop but not in search, select “Catalog”. If you wish for the product to only be visible in search but not in your shop, select “Search”.
      • Purchase Note: this allows you to add a custom note for the customer to see on their invoice after purchasing the product.
      • Enable product reviews: this allows customers to review the product after they purchase it. Customers who do not purchase the product cannot review it.
  6. Click the “Save Product” button once you are satisfied with what you’ve entered in the above fields. A message will appear at the top of the “Edit Product” page that reads: “Success! The product has been saved successfully.”
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