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Operation with catalog: Catalog  › Categories › (hover menu) «Goods in Selector»

Operation with goods: Catalog › Collections › Selector

Description

"Selector" module allows you to create virtual categories (collections) in catalog and fill them with any goods individually (upload it by link or from file) and show collections on home page. The most obvious example is seasonal offers. 

You can also correct translation and description for each product and even upload your own photo with the help of "Selector". This module is suitable for both specialized stores and for promoting sales of certain categories of goods with a full range.

Read detailed description of business benefits here: Selector (module description)

How to forbid sale of goods out of Selector?

Add goods into Selector first (read below). Go to Configuration > Orders:

Find "Items not from the Collections Selector":

Click "Allow" to forbid sale of goods out of Selector:

select "Forbid" from drop-down list:

Save by clicking blue arrow on the right:

Ready. It will be impossible to buy goods out of Selector. 

 

How to add seasonal offer?

It is necessary to prepare a selection of swimsuits and bring the first few items to the home page, for example.

Go to Catalog > Categories section:

Add root category:

Enter name of this category in catalog and select virtual type of binding:

Save.

Move mouse over created category and select button with a label (or tag) in appeared menu. When we hover over it we get "Items from the Collections Selector" title.

A page to add goods will open after clicking.

select goods for sale on your site and copy links to these products in browser's address bar:

Create a notepad file on your computer and paste goods links there. Each link should start from new line. Click "Enter" button on a keyboard. You will have something like this:

Save it.

It is better to make separate files if you plan several types of goods (for example, swimsuits solid, bikini and swimming trunks). Then you will be able to set a joint name for each group of goods for uploading and save time on renaming.

Go back to the page of adding goods again, click "From file" and upload created file:

Write joint title, for example, "Swimsuits bikini collection 2017":

Files will be added into selection after uploading.

It is possible to edit files titles and main image clicking product button with a pencil:

Collection is ready. You can change goods positions now, putting those ones we want to show on the home page to the first place. Drag goods holding transfer icon:

 

Open "Collections" section to display goods on home page:

Click "Selector":

Find created category on the right:

Add it to the column on the left by clicking plus sign:

Save.

Open "Settings" tab:

Set number of goods you want to show on home page (or leave 8 by default):

Ready:

 

"PRODelivery" module along with "Selector" module successfully complements seasonal offers. It is possible to make "free delivery" of goods with its help. Contact OT managers in your Skype chat to purchase this module.

How to add selected goods into existing category of catalog?

You can add selected goods into existing category of catalog if you already have a list of links to goods. You can do it in "Catalog" section:

It is important to remember that it is possible to display either goods selected manually or those "transferred" directly from Taobao.

Find category in catalog where we want to add goods:

Menu appears on the right when you hover. Look for an icon with a pencil and click:

Check binding type:

Close category if type of binding is virtual. It suits us. Change it to virtual if any other is set:

Click "Save":

 

Move mouse over created category and select button with a label (or tag) in appeared menu. When we hover over it we get "Items from the Collections Selector" title.

A page to add goods will open. Click "From file" and upload created file:

Write joint title, for example, "Swimsuits bikini collection 2017":

Files will be added into selection after uploading.

It is possible to edit files titles and main image clicking product button with a pencil:

Selection is ready. 

Goods titles. Is there any operative way to change them?

It is better to make separate files if you plan several types of goods (for example, swimsuits solid, bikini and swimming trunks). Then you will be able to set a joint name for each group of goods for uploading and save time on renaming.

select goods for sale on your site and copy links to these products in browser's address bar:

Create a notepad file on your computer and paste goods links there. Each link should start from new line. Click "Enter" button on a keyboard. You will have something like this:

Save it.

Find category in catalog where it's necessary to add goods with identical titles:

Move mouse over created category and select button with a label (or tag) in appeared menu. When we hover over it we get "Items from the Collections Selector" title.

A page to add goods will open. Click "From file" and upload created file:

Write joint title, for example, "Swimsuits bikini collection 2017":

Files will be added into selection after uploading.

 

Unfortunately it's impossible to rename all uploaded goods at once but it's possible to delete them, upload again (by one file) and rename them on uploading phase.

How to create section with subcategories and chosen goods?

It's possible to create own category for each group of goods if you plan to have several types of goods (for example, swimsuits solid, bikini and swimming trunks).

Open Catalog > Categories:

 

Create category:

 

Call it "Swimsuits for summer season" and make it virtual:

 

Save.

 

Point mouse over created category and select button with plus sign clicking it in menu that appears:

Window to add category will open. select virtual type of binding:

Parent category will show category that was created first:

Save category:

It will become subcategory after saving:

That's how we create a category tree, and then we fill each category separately with goods.

Actions with category (selection) of Selector

Create

Note!

Check categories operation mode before adding Selector category .

Change categories operation mode to "Mixed" if you use "External" standard catalog:

Read how to change categories operation mode in Catalog (Configuration) instruction.

You will see "Mixed" categories operation mode after change:

Edit original Taobao categories to save (it's not necessary in "Internal" mode) if you have them in "Mixed" mode. In this way these categories do not disappear when creating a virtual category. 

It is peculiarity of "Mixed" catalog. Skip this step if there are no root categories with Taobao in this mode.

Selections can be used in "Mixed" and "Internal" modes.

Enter Catalog > Categories.

Click "Add root category".

Enter category name and select virtual type of binding.

Other parameters are filled in if desired (read "Categories: Add root category" instruction)

Click "Save" button and refresh page

It's also possible to fill in information in Meta and Content tabs for categories (selections) of Selector in a standard way.

Read more in "Categories: Add root category" instruction.

Delete

Note!

Note that all goods in category (selection) of Selector will be removed after deleting category (selection).

Hover mouse over a category (selection) of Selector and click cross to delete it :


Confirmation is required to completely delete. Click "Yes" button if you are sure you want to delete:

Edit

Note!

It's impossible to change binding from virtual to another after creating a category (selection) of Selector. In this case, goods will not be displayed!

Category (selection) of Selector is edited in a standard way. Read more in "Categories: Editing"  instruction.

Operation with goods

Hover mouse on category. Click "Items from the Collections Selector" sign.

You will move to "Collections" section (with a new tab in the browser).

Add

It's possible to add goods by two ways — by link and from file.

Copy link to necessary product from browser address bar.

Click "By link" and paste the link into input field. Click "Add" button.

 

Product will be shown below.

Add goods from file

Create a notepad file in txt format on your computer. Paste goods links there. Each link should start from new line. Click "Enter" button on a keyboard. You will have something like this:

Open file in any program like https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v6.7.9.html. Click Encoding - encode into UTF-8 without BOM.

Save file.

Click "From file", select file created on step above and click "Add" button.

All products with these links will be displayed below, as well as when downloading one product.

Edit

Module allows to correct translation, "Photo and description" page and upload your own photo. It only changes the main image if you upload your own photo of product, other images can't be changed by own pictures.

You can move o goods of necessary selection via catalog (read above) or via Catalog > Collections > Selector > Sets on index page > Go to product editing.

Click "Edit" icon.

Window to edit product will open.

Enter Displayed product name. Add your photo.

Click square to go to advanced mode, where editor will expand to full screen to edit description. Working with editor is standard. Click Save.

Move

Grab mouse with a special pointer, move into desired direction, make sure that a dotted outline appears on future place of goods, release mouse to move goods. Click "Save Order" button.

Delete

Click cross to delete product.

Confirmation is required after clicking. Click "Yes" button if you really want to remove product from collection:

Product will be deleted from selection and won't be shown on home page.

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