Product Attributes and Options

If you have a Pro or Plus account, you have access to IndieMade's attributes and options feature. An attribute is a characteristic of some of your store's products, like Color or Material. Each attribute has one or more options, like Red and Blue for color, or Wool, Silk, and Cotton for material.

This five minute video can help explain how attributes and options work. More detail is below.

 

From your Dashboard, go to "Store" and click on "Attributes." Click on the "Add a New Attribute" link. Type in the name and description and choose the way you'd like to display your attribute options.

Under "Display type," you can choose the way customers interact with your product options. Use a text field to allow customers to type in a custom message; a select box to create a drop-down menu; radio buttons for choosing only one option; or checkboxes that can turn options on or off – whatever works best for you and your products! You'll set the different options for each attribute in the next step.

You can also require the customer to pick an option by clicking the "Make this attribute required" checkbox (if you don't check this box, your customer will not be obligated to choose an option).

Create attribute

 

When you are finished, click the "Submit" button. Your changes will be saved and you'll be taken back to the main "Attributes" page. You will see your new attribute listed, with several links under it. Click on the "Options" link, then click the "Add a New Option" link. Type in the name of the option you will give your customer. You can also add more to the base price of the product if this particular option is going to cost more.

Add option to attribute

When you are finished, click the "Submit" button. Your changes will be saved and you will be able to enter more options for your attribute. You can change the order in which the options appear by dragging the cross symbol in the left-hand column and dropping the options where you want them.

options list management

To attach attributes and options to a product, go to "Store" and "Products." Edit or create a new product and scroll down to "Product Information." Click on "Attributes," and the section will expand. You can now select the attributes that apply to your product.

Add attribute to product

Click the "Save" button, then go to your store and view the product. You will see that your customers are now able to choose the options that you set.

   Product Options   

Good to know: Attributes do not affect the inventory system; it does not track stock for specific combinations of attributes. In other words, there's no way to say that you have 6 vanilla, 2 chocolate, and 1 coffee flavor in Cup of Happiness. The inventory system only tracks that you have 9 Cups of Happiness available.