Table of Contents
- Product Information
- Product Management
- Product Options
- Search Engine Listing Preview
- Sales Channels
- Product Visibility
- Success message
- Front end of the product page
90% of the times the products in Cartzy are imported using the ProfitSpy tool for dropshipping purposes. However, there can be instances where you want to create your own product to the store and also want to publish it across multiple sales channels such as Walmart. For that 10% of times when you need to add a product manually to your Cartzy store, you can use the Create Product feature in Cartzy.
Adding a new product manually to your Cartzy is very straightforward. On the Add Product page, you are provided with various sections for filling in your product details. It ensures structuring the product information in an organized manner which improves readability and enhances end-users experience.
Path: Products > All Products > click the Create Product button > Add Product.
Listed below are the sections that can be filled in to provide complete information about your product.
- Product Information
- Product Management
- Product Options
- Search Engine Listing Preview
- Sales Channels
Under this section, you need to enter the title and the description of the product. Whatever you enter here will appear on the product page. That is why you are advised to keep your content SEO-friendly so it appears in search results when potential buyers search for the product on your store.
Using the text editor features, you can format the description content as per your branding requirements.
This section enables you to attach media files (images, videos) with your product for the customers to get an idea about the product before they make the purchase.
You can add images and insert a YouTube video link.
Images can be added by two methods:
- Upload from device
- Add image via URL
Upload from device
To upload an image from your device, simply click on the plus "+" icon. It will open the file browser for you to select the desired image from your device.
Once you add the image, its thumbnail will appear indicating that the selected image has been attached to the product information.
Add media from URL
You can also insert an image using the URL of the image file. It will directly fetch the image from the directory.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Click on the ADD MEDIA FROM URL option on the Media section's right side.
- On the Add Image From URL popup window, paste the URL address of the image, and click the Add Media button.
- The image will be uploaded from the pasted URL, and its thumbnail will appear in the Media section.
You can only embed YouTube videos on your product pages.
To add a video showcasing your product features, you need to first upload it on YouTube, then acquire its YouTube URL to add to the product page. Once, the YouTube URL is available, follow these steps:
- Click on the Embed YouTube Video option on the Media section's right side.
- On the Embed YouTube Video popup window, paste your product’s YouTube video URL.
- Click the Embed Media button. The video will be embedded in your product page, and its thumbnail will start appearing in the Media section.
- To save the image with the product, click the Save Changes button given at the top right corner of the page. Otherwise, the images will not be available for selection under the Product Options section.
- Once you have uploaded the images and embedded the video, you can always reorder them in the order.
Adding alternative text to your media files is very effective. It helps screen-reading tools describe images to visually impaired readers and allows search engines to better crawl and rank your website.
You can add alt text in the following two simple steps after you upload the media files to your product.
- Click the pencil icon on the media file thumbnail. It will open the Enter Alternative Text popup window.
- Enter the alternative text to describe the image, and make sure it is user-friendly as well as SEO-friendly. Click the Add Text button to save.
This is the section where:
- You define your product type by selecting it from the dropdown selection menu. This selection list reflects the standard hierarchy of products used for dropshipping.
- Select the seller of the product from the dropdown. Only the sellers will be listed that are integrated with Cartzy for dropshipping. Currently, there are two selling platforms to select from:
The brand name field is customizable. You can add a brand name manually. To do so, start typing in the brand field and click the “+” sign to add it. Once you save the product, the brand name will also be saved.
Select the collection from the dropdown. Only those collections will be listed in the selection list that you have added to your store at the path: Product > Collections.
Whichever collection(s) you select, your product will appear under the selected collection(s) on the webstore.
A product can be added to multiple collections as demonstrated in the image below.
Tags are effective for search and SEO. You can enter the relevant tags to make your product easily searchable.
This section enables you to enter the product information that is required to manage the product inventory.
Source URL: This field is mandatory for dropshipping products. It’s not a mandatory field to fill in if you are adding your own product.
For dropshipping products, this field reflects the URL of the product source. For example, if the product is imported from eBay, the URL will be that of the product page on eBay.
Stock Keeping Unit (SKU): This field is mandatory even if you are adding your own product to Cartzy. It’s a unique identifier for the product to manage inventory.
Barcode Type: It’s a mandatory field to fill in even if you are adding your own product. Select the appropriate barcode type from the dropdown list.
Barcode ID: Enter a valid barcode id against the selected barcode type. When the barcode ID is not valid, the system will generate an error upon saving the product information. This field is mandatory.
Quantity: Enter the quantity of product that is available in stock.
Track Quantity: Checkmark this option if you want to enable the system to track the quantity of the product. For example, it should update the inventory when a product is purchased. So, when all the product items are sold, the user will no longer be able to place an order for that product.
If you leave this option unchecked, it will be reflected as “Unlimited” in inventory. The system will not track the product quantity in this case.
Weight: Enter the weight of the product item in pounds (lbs).
Note: When you are importing products for dropshipping, the above listed requirement fields will be auto-populated from the seller’s platform.
If your product is available in different sizes or colors, you add this information in this section.
- Checkmark the option to add multiple variants.
- Click the Add/Edit options button.
- On the Variant Options popup, click the Add Another Option button.
An option will be added along with two fields that you can use to categorize your product options based on different sizes and colors.
Size: In the first field, enter the size of the product variant. Also, use valid sizing units such as mm, cm, etc.
Other information: In the second field, you can enter the color names, or other categories against the size (in the first field). Use commas to separate different options/colors in one field that are available in the same size.
Click Save Changes to save the product variants information.
The saved product variants will be listed under Options along with the entered information as well as with the additional fields for you to enter the following against each listed variant:
To get rid of any product variant, simply click Delete.
Once the variant items are added and listed to the product, you can add the image of each variant separately. To do so, click on the image placeholder, and a popup window will appear for you to select the product variant image.
As you select the image, a blue tick will appear on the selected image to mark it as “selected.” Click Update.
The product variant thumbnail will be updated to display the selected image.
Note: You must first add the images for the product variants under Media, and save the product first by clicking on the Save Changes button given at the top right corner of the page. Only then, the Media images will be available for you to select under Product Options.
If you want to place the same image for all the products variants, follow these steps:
- Select all the listed variants under Options.
- Click the button Update Images.
- Select the image from the Select Product Variant Image window.
- Click Update.
- All the listed variants will have the same image for preview as selected.
This section allows you to add the pricing details of your product.
Price: Enter the price of the product at which you are selling the product.
Compare at Price: This section comes in handy when you are dropshipping a product, and not selling your own product. So, you can enter a higher price here as compared to the price at which you are selling. This field is mainly used to drive the user’s urge to buy the product from you at a discounted price. For example, you can tell the user that the product’s actual price is $53 but on your store, they can purchase it for $50.5
Cost Per Item: This is solely for the purpose of admin’s business analysis of profits and margins. You can enter the actual cost of the product, and the margin and profit will be calculated against the cost and the price.
The Compare at Price field has nothing to do with the calculation of Margin and Profit.
Here you can add the title and description of the product page as it should appear in search engine results. It does not affect the title and the description content that you added above. This content helps in search engine optimization, so you must ensure that it is SEO-friendly.
The page title content will also become the slug (end part) of the product page URL.
To add the content, click the link Edit Website SEO. Your content will be saved once you save the product by clicking the Save Changes button given at the top right corner of the page. Only then, the search engine listing preview will appear.
Front end (preview)
Checkmark the social platforms if you want your product to appear in the feeds of the selected social media platforms. In simple words, it behaves like the news feeds of Facebook. So, when you checkmark a platform, for example, Google, the product will be added to the file of Google feeds which you can then add to your Google Merchant Account. You can learn more about it under the Feeds section of this knowledge base.
If you want to list your product on the other sales channels, for that you have to add your product to the respective sales channel list as explained below.
- Under this section, you can configure whether you want the product to be published to other sales channels.
- The currently listed sales channels are Facebook Marketplace and Walmart.
- So, if you checkmark a sales channel, the product is added to the list of that sales channel from where you can further manage and publish the product to the selected sales channel in its required formats.
Once you save the product with these changes, you can always go to the selected sales channel page configured in Cartzy, and you will notice that the new product has been added to the list of the selected sales channel for you to publish when needed.
Note: Checkmarking the checkboxes of sales channels does not publish your products directly to the selected sales channel. Instead, it helps you add the product to the list of products that you want to publish to other sales channels.
For example, in the image below, the products are added to the list of Walmart. From here, you can export the list of these products in an XML file, and upload it to Walmart.
When you select Walmart under Sales Channels, the Walmart Product Category selection field is enabled. This field defines the product type in the format required by Walmart.
Although you already defined the Product Type under Product Management, why add the product type again? The answer is that Walmart does not support the hierarchical categorization of products. So, to publish the product on Walmart, you need to define the product category in the format supported by Walmart.
If you want to save the product, but don’t want to make it available on the store for the customers, you can simply check the option “Hide Product From Store Front” under Product Visibility.
So, rather than deleting the product, or not adding the product to the store, you can simply hide it.
Similarly, when you want the product to be displayed, you can undo this action by unchecking the option “Hide Product From Store Front” under Product Visibility, when you open the product in edit mode.
Once you have filled in all the details of your product, click the Save Changes button given at the top right corner of the page. The following will occur:
- The newly added product will be saved to your store.
- A success notification will appear on the page.
- Your new product will be listed at the top of the Products page. From here, you can edit it further by clicking the kebab menu icon under Actions, and selecting the Edit option. Learn more about managing your product.
The images below illustrate what the product page looks like on a Cartzy store.