Magento Support: Creating Simple Product

Creating a Simple Product in Magento

One of the keys to harnessing the power of product types is learning how and when to use a simple, standalone product. You can sell simple products individually, or as part of a grouped, configurable, or bundle product. A simple product with custom options is sometimes referred to as a composite product. We will discuss creating a simple product in Magento.

Creating a Simple Product in Magento

The following instructions take you through the process of creating a simple product with the basic fields. Each required field is marked in the Admin with a red asterisk (*). After you complete the required settings and save the product, you can add images and complete the remaining product information as needed.

Step 1: Choose the Attribute Set

The first step to creating a simple product in Magento is to choose the attribute set. This is used as a template for the product record. The product in this example is based on the Default attribute set. It includes a standard of set of fields that you can use for most products.

  1. On the Admin menu, go to Catalog > Manage Products.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the Manage Products page, click the Add Product button.
  3. In the Create Product Settings section, do the following:
    1. Accept the “default” Attribute Set, or select another.
    2. Set Product Type to “Simple,” and click the Continue button.
      Creating a Simple Product in Magento: Create Product Settings

Step 2: Complete the Basic Information

The second step in creating a simple product in Magento is to complete the basic information. You must complete the basic set of required fields before you can save the product record. The Product Information panel groups related fields by topic and the required fields are marked with a red asterisk (*).

  1. In the Product Information panel, select General. Then, complete the required fields as follows:
    1. Enter the product Name as you want it to appear in all catalog listings.
    2. In the Description box, enter the main description that will appear on the Product Detail page.
    3. Enter a Short Description of the product.
    4. Assign a unique SKU for the product.
    5. Enter the Weight of the product, which is used to calculate shipping.
    6. Set Status to “Enabled.”
    7. Set Visibility to “Catalog, Search.”
      Creating a Simple Product in Magento: General Settings
  2. In the Product Information panel, select Prices. Then, complete the required fields as follows:
    1. Enter the Price that you will charge for the product.
    2. Set Tax Class to the appropriate tax classification for the product.
      Creating a Simple Product in Magento: Prices
  3. In the Product Information panel, select Inventory. Then, do the following:
    1. If you do not need to keep track of inventory for the product, set Manage Stock to “No.”
      Depending on the configuration, you might need to clear the Use Config Settings checkbox.
      Creating a Simple Product in Magento: Inventory with No Stock Management
    2. If you want to keep track of inventory, set Manage Stock to “Yes.” Then, do the following:
      • In the Qty field, type the quantity of the item that is currently in stock.
      • Set Stock Availability to “In Stock.”
        Creating a Simple Product in Magento: Inventory with Stock Management
  4. To be visible in your catalog, the product must be assigned to a category. To assign the product to a category, do the following:
    1. In the Product Information panel, select Categories.
    2. In the category tree, click to expand the section where the item belongs.
    3. Select the checkbox of each category where you want the product to appear.
  5. If your Magento installation has multiple websites, the product must be assigned to each one where the product is available for sale. (This option appears only if multiple websites exist in the store hierarchy.) To configure the scope of the product, do the following:
    1. In the Product Information panel, select Websites.
    2. On the Websites tab, select the checkbox of each website where the product is available for sale.
  6. After completing these steps, click the Save and Continue button.
    At this point, the product needs to be visible on the assigned category page of your catalog. Until you upload the product image, a placeholder appears in its place.

Step 3: Complete the Remaining Product Information

Although not required, there is still more product information to complete. At the very least, you will want to upload product images and complete the meta data. In addition, you can create additional custom options.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • A simple product can have custom options with a variety of input controls. This makes it possible to sell many product variations from a single SKU.
  • Custom options are not tracked as separate inventory items.
  • A simple product that is in a configurable, or bundle product type cannot have custom options.

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