Building and sharing product catalogs

How do I start making a product catalog?

There are 4 major steps in making a product catalog:

  1. Prepare content – collect product information, images and marketing text.
  2. Create Pages – arrange content elements together on the catalog pages.
  3. Design pages – spice up pages with fonts, colors, images and backgrounds.
  4. Publish and share – make your catalog available for your customers.

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How can I add products to the catalog?

You need two main elements for the catalog product content: text and images. While you can design simple small catalogs without creating products, we recommend to build your own product database for more complex catalogs. Catalog Machine helps you to easily  manage your product information and use your products in catalogs.

There is a significant advantage of having separate product databasebetter management of product information (search, updates, import / export, mass-edit) and ability to reuse entered product content in different places and catalogs. Another benefit: on any product content update, the related product text and images in the catalog are updated automatically.

However, you can do fine without creating products if you have small or non-product catalogs (by just directly creating pages from static text and images). Certainly, you can combine both methods together – mix product and static text and images.

To add products to you catalog follow the steps below.

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How do I publish my catalog?

After building a catalog you need to Publish it to give an access for your customer and other people. You can return your catalog in a Draft state (Unpublish) at any time. You can choose Privacy settings to control how your published catalog could be accessed by outsiders and search engines.

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How do I share my catalog?

After creating and publishing a catalog you can share it with your clients. There are few ways for sharing a catalog directly: as a link, pdf file or embedding it into your website. In addition Internet users can find your catalog with search engines if you have Public privacy settings for publishing.

Also, your catalog visitors can share a catalog using social buttons in HTML catalog header.

Finally, you can provide users with RSS feed for your new catalog publishing and enable Order Requests for the catalog products.

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