Creating Products

Products are created via the “Products” menu within Jigoshop. Once expanded the “Add Product” link will be revealed. This link will take you to the product creation panel.

Creating simple products

Several sections of the product creation process will already be familiar to you. Those will be covered first:

The product title is inserted in the same way you would insert a post title. Beneath the title field is the standard WordPress dialog box - this is where the product description (which appears in the tabbed section on the product details page) should be input.

Products can be assigned to categories and given tags - just like a standard WordPress posts.

Lastly, the main product image is added via the “Featured image” write panel in the right hand sidebar beneath the tag input form. The main product image is the one which appears on category pages and is displayed on the product details pages.

To add further images, creating a gallery on the product details page, simply attach extra images to the post.

The rest of the product input process is unique to Jigoshop although you may have seen similar things in other plugins so it will hopefully be clear and intuitive.

Beneath the post dialog box are some tabs covering different aspects of the product. Most are self explanatory but here is a brief overview of any which may be confusing;

General

Product type - Choose simple for any standard product. You can also specify a downloadable product if you want customers to download a file upon payment, a virtual product for things like services, or a grouped product - which is covered later in this document.

Summary - This should be a brief product summary. It appears on the product details page alongside the product image. It’s ideal for content intended to be read by humans. Any search engine friendly content is better suited for the main product description.

Featured - If changed to “Yes” this product will appear in any spaces dedicated to displaying featured products, such as the custom widget.

Meta

The content placed in these fields populates the meta tags on individual product pages. Another great area for search engine friendly content.

Attributes

Products can be assigned attributes which allows the user to refine the catalog on the frontend via filters. This tab allows you to apply predefined attributes to a product. You can also add custom ones which are product specific such as height and width.

Cross-sells

Cross sells are similar products and are displayed to users at the cart. For example, a user may have a playstation version of FIFA11 in their cart, you may also want to recommend FIFA11 for Xbox.

Up-sells

Up-sells are more expensive variations of a product and are displayed on the details page. For example, an Up-sell to a 250GB Hard drive would be a 300GB hard drive of the same brand / range.

Creating Grouped Products

Grouped products are for variations of a specific product. In our demo we used a Playstation 3 as an example as it is available with different capacity hard drives.

Creating a grouped product is much like creating a simple product. Simply select “Grouped” from the “Product Type” dropdown on the General tab. You will notice this will remove the price field. This is because grouped products cannot be purchased individually - they are made up of a ‘group’ of simple products.

When you’ve created a grouped product, create a new simple product as you would normally but with 2 exceptions. On the general tab choose “Hidden” from the “Visibility” dropdown. This ensures that the product cannot be viewed individually.

In the “Product Type Options” panel you should also choose the appropriate parent product.

Example; in our demo we have two simple products “Playstation 3 80GB” and “Playstation 3 120GB” which are children of the “Playstation 3″ grouped product.