Guide to product details
Products are the physical goods, digital files, and services that you sell. To create a product, you need to specify the name and upload product images. In addition, you can add product details that help your clients better understand the product: add available sizes, SKU, description, etc. You don’t have to provide every detail for each product.
From your store admin, go to Catalog → Products to view and edit product details.
Images show your customers what your products look like. Selling to consumers is all about presentation. Show the various perspectives of the product such as front, side, underneath, close-up, etc., so customers can see what they are buying in detail.
Remember, the quality of your product images directly affects your ability to generate sales. Here are some tips:
- Each product image should be of uniform size and style across all the products you sell.
- Use high-quality images, so customers can see any fine details.
Name is a title for your product. When you name a product you should automatically make customers think about the most valuable components of your product, and what they can get when they buy from you.
Description – Information about your product. It emphasizes its advantages, lists its characteristics, or highlights product features. You may also use videos, images, and animated elements that help to describe your product. Write unique product descriptions so they rank higher in search engines.
The product description section has the WYSIWYG Editor, so you can easily add text (and change color, size, and font), bullet points, paragraphs, links, or additional images and videos.
Tips to improve your product descriptions:
- Avoid long sentences and complex vocabulary: Imagine you are explaining the product to a 10-year-old child.
- Include product demo videos: Just by watching a person hold, touch, and interact with the product while explaining its pros and cons is the next best thing to visiting a store.
- Provide a short and long version of your description: Some people scan rather than read, some like to read more in-depth about your product, make sure you cover both types.
Price – The price that you’re charging for the product. The arrow to the right of the price shows the Compare to price and the Bulk discount settings.
Compare to price – The original price for a product that is on sale. When you enter a compare to price, the product displays a sale price.
Bulk discount – Tiered pricing for each product based on quantity. Discounts are applied immediately as soon as the quantity added to the cart changes. For example, a product costs $44, but if you buy five items, the price will be $40 each.
Requires shipping or pickup – The setting for whether a product needs to be shipped. Uncheck it for digital products or services, or for products that you never ship.
Weight – The product’s actual weight. Enter the exact product’s weight for calculating the correct automatic shipping rates.
Shipping rates – Specified shipping rates for this particular product. Use one of four offered options to set an individual shipping strategy.
SKU (stock keeping unit) – The code that identifies the product within your business. You can use the product identification code provided by manufacturers or your own combinations of letters and numbers. Each SKU needs to be unique. If you leave the SKU field empty, the SKU will be automatically generated.
Availability – Product availability can be selectively enabled (and disabled) for each product. When disabled, your store visitors can’t view/see one in your storefront. Enable, whenever you are ready to sell.
Stock control – Use the stock control section to specify the number of products in stock and set up low stock notifications.
Quantity – Number of items in stock.
Attributes let you specify product identifiers, which you may need for accounting, inventory, or other purposes. For example, books are typically distinguished by such attributes as ISBN, author, publisher, cover type, language; apparel can be characterized by brand, season, material, etc. You can add this information in attributes.
With the help of attributes, you can also keep some private details that you don’t want to share with your customers (e.g. net cost).
Options – If you sell products that have variants like colors and sizes, you can list them as one base product with options. With the help of product options, you can also offer extras (like gift wrapping), ask buyers to upload a file for ordered product/service, etc.
Variations – Product variations can help you assign different images for every product option in your store as well as to track the stock of options like sizes. If your products come in different colors or materials, make sure you have images for every version.
Files tab lets you upload the file or files, so you can sell downloadable files such as e-books, videos, music, digital art, and any other digital stuff. When files are uploaded, instantly, and securely delivers them to buyers upon purchase.
These settings allow you to set specific SEO-related information on your product’s page. When analyzing a webpage, search engines get information about its content from the so-called “meta tags”. This includes the page title and meta description. Search engines use meta tags to describe pages as they appear in the search results and rank them by relevance.
There are automatically generated metadata based on your product’s name and its description. Search engines display a limited number of characters, so you may want to re-write the page title and meta description. Edit page title and descriptions with relevant keywords so your product appears higher in search engine results.
Page title – The title is shown as a clickable link in search results. You can customize the title to target your clients’ interests more accurately.
Meta description – A short sentence summarizing the content of the product. Write a more detailed text describing your product offer. Meta descriptions can be any length, but Google generally truncates snippets to ~155–160 characters.
Using the Related Products section will allow you to display the “You may also like” section in your online store as well as to cross-sell products in the cart. You can manually select specific recommended products or show random products, as well as a combination of the first two options.
For a walkthrough on setting up Related Products, see Related Products.
Categories are groups/collections of products that a product is included in. The product must be assigned to at least one category. (If you do not assign a product to its own category, it will be automatically added to the default Store front page category.) One product may belong to several categories. Categories help customers to faster navigate through the store and find the products they need.
For more information, see Product categories.
How can I remove decimals from product prices?
- From your store admin, go to Settings → General → Regional Settings.
- Enable Hide trailing zeros in fractional part:
This removes left digit from your prices if they show a zero – $40.00 will show as $40. If a product price or an order total has a decimal that is not zero (e.g. $40.95), we will show the decimal to reflect the exact cost for customers.
Please note, the fractional part is removed automatically if your currency doesn’t use decimals. For example, prices will never include decimals if the currency is set to the Japanese Yen.
How do I know when my products are low or out of stock?
Your store will send you a message about the low stock of a product if you enable this option for the product. Learn more about how to track product inventory.
Can I set the weight for ounces?
Yes. Convert the weight in ounces to a decimal ratio for pounds. Each ounce is 0.06 pounds. Be sure to use a zero before the decimal. Edit product weight in your store admin, go to Settings → General → Regional Settings → Weight & Size.
How do I show a video on a product page?
To show your products in action or from different angles, it’s a good idea to add a video. You can paste the video in the product description so customers can see it when they open a product page.
To add a video to a product description: