There are 4 major steps in making a product catalog:
- Prepare content – collect product information, images and marketing text.
- Create Pages – arrange content elements together on the catalog pages.
- Design pages – spice up pages with fonts, colors, images and backgrounds.
- Publish and share – make your catalog available for your customers.
Any product in Catalog Machine belongs to a product category that defines a set of fields for the group of similar products. You can add new fields to the default category or even create your own categories for better product grouping based on field sets.
A category field describes a product attribute, e.g. Price, Description, Picture and have different types: plain or formatted text, images, money, numbers and dates.
Detailed tutorial for different techniques for building a product catalog with custom templates, layouts, text, images and other elements.
Tutorial for adding and managing product data, custom categories, fields and images for creating a product catalog.
Catalog Machine Template is a page fragment of arranged elements that can be quickly added to the catalog page and linked to any product. Templates are easy to reuse and modify across different pages, catalogs and even Showroom.
Showroom is a dynamic web catalog of you products. Visitors can search or navigate products by category. Products are ordered by Rank, Name or Code and displayed with List and Details templates. You can change templates for specific category or individual products.
You need two main elements for the catalog content: text and images. And first you need to answer this important question:
Do you want to maintain product data separately from the catalog or just create a catalog with text and images?
Information below can help make the right decision for your catalog
Product variants and options are extending original product information for different variations based on combination of product options (e.g. color, size, style, material, etc.), image, price and description. A product can have many variants with combination of options. You should configure product options in the product category.
There are few ways to create a catalogs. You can use one approach or all of them in one catalog.
Watch detailed tutorial video with explanation of design approaches:
The simplest approach is manual creation of each page from the catalog elements. However, you can consider to use two advanced approaches: Layouts and Templates.
Catalog Machine Layout is a composition of predefined page elements that can be added as the catalog page in one click and quickly filled with images, text or product information. You can select layouts from predefined standard layouts, created by other users or build your own.