Magento Categories, Attribute sets and Attributes must be set up in the Magento Admin.
1. Create a new configurator
2. Define configurator's general settings
3. Specify categories
4. Add variation attributes (only for variation products)
5. Add attributes
6. Save configurator
7.Duplicate configurator (if required)
1. Create a New Configurator
1.1 Configs -> Magento Configurators;
1.2 Click Add New button to create a new configurator. It will appear at the top and will have a standard name New Magento Configurator(0);
1.3 Double-click on the cell in the Config Name column to change the default name of the configurator.
2. Define Configurator's General Settings
2.1 Click on the cell in the Site column. A drop-down box will open with the list of integrated Magento stores. Select the required site. By default the site is automatically set to the site selected in the drop-down box on the top of the screen.
2.2 Click on the cell in the Attribute Set to select the required attribute set. Attribute sets have to be set up in Magento backend before creating Magento Configurator.
3. Specify Categories
Each configurator must contain the required category within the list of included categories.
3.1 Click the Categories button for the required Configurator;
3.2 Add all required categories by clicking the green "+" button (Fig 3.1);
3.3 Click Save.
It is also possible to auto allocate listings on Magento to the appropriate category through the use of Extended Properties. Read more about it here.
4. Add Variation Attributes (Only For Variation Products)
Multi-variant products in Magento’s world are called configurable products. In order to list a configurable item on Magento, configurable product attributes have to be created in Magento backend. You can read more about it here. Make sure that the attribute set selected in Step 2.2 contains the required configurable product attribute(s).
4.1 Click the button in the Variations column;
4.2 If only images attached to the main item of the variation group need to be used in the listing and all other images disabled, tick Use main item images only box;
4.3 Tick Upload images for child items box to upload individual images for each variation child item. This option will only work, if your Magento supports this functionality. Note: Enabling this feature in LinnLive will make the process of uploading images more time consuming;
4.4 If main item of the variation group has an extended property for variation item title, map it with the Extended property for variation title. Otherwise Variation Group Name will be used as the variation title;
4.5 Click Add Attribute to add a variation attribute to the configurator;
4.6 From the Variation Name drop-down box select the required variation attribute;
4.7 In the Variation Title enter the name for the variation attribute, if it has to be different from the one given in the Magento backend;
4.8 From the Extended Property drop-down box select the extended property for variation attribute that you added to each item of the variation group;
4.9 In the Default Value cell add a value to be used when a variation item has no extended property for variation attribute;
4.10 Click the "+" button next to the variation name to apply a price adjustment that selecting a specific attribute will have on the variation product. E.g. if you sell shirts and want size XL to be more expensive than other sizes, that is where you set it up.
Price adjustment can be either percentage based or a fixed amount:
a) Click Add Attribute Price button (Fig 4.1);
b) From the Option Name drop-box that will appear select the attribute that the price adjustment has to be applied to;
c) From the Type drop-down box select the type of adjustment: Fixed or Percentage (Fig 4.2);
d) In the Price field enter the numeric value that the price should be increased by;
e) Use Delete Attribute Price button to delete selected attribute price.
Fig 4.1 Fig 4.2
5. Add Attributes
Attributes available for the selection in LinnLive have to be created in Magento backend.
5.1 Click the button in the Attributes cell;
5.2 Up-Sells extended property drop-down box at the top of the window (Fig 5.1) is there for those who want to use Up-Sells on Magento:
a) Create an extended property for the Up-Sells and add it to your inventory items;
b) Extended property value should be the product ID from your Magento backend;
c) To add several Up-Sells, write several product IDs separated by a comma or space (Fig 5.2);
d) From the Up-Sells extended property drop-down box select extended property representing Up-Sells;
e) Tick Create backlink box for the related up-sells listing to have the link to the original listing;
Note: Up-Sells will only work, if the listings whose product Id you are adding as extended property have been created using LinnLive.
5.3 Repeat the process described in step 5.2 to add Cross-Sells and Related Products using Cross-Sells extended property and Related extended property drop-down box;
5.4 Use Add button to add attributes to the configurator;
5.5 Click on the attribute to open a drop-down list with all available attributes;
5.6 Select the desired attribute;
5.7 If extended property was used to specify the item attribute, click the cell in the Extended Property column to select the required extended property;
5.8 Enter a value in the Default Value cell that will be used, if item does not have extended property for attribute assigned;
5.9 If you are using multiple select attributes on Magento, note the following:
- Unlike all other attributes, multiple select attributes can be added to the configurator multiple times to specify several values;
- Like all other attributes, multiple select attributes can be mapped with extended properties added to inventory items;
- Values created for your multiple select attributes on Magento back end are available in the Default Values drop-down box and can be selected there;
- Magento extension should be at least 1.1.59;
- Magento does not allow more than 51 options for multiple select attributes.
5.9 Use Delete Selected button to remove the selected attribute, if there is no need for it.
Fig 5.1 Fig 5.2
If new attributes, attribute sets and/or categories have been created on Magento, click Update button at the top of the Magento Configurators screen for them to appear in LinnLive. Use this button for changes made in Magento backend to be reflected in LinnLive.
6. Save Configurator
6.1 Tick Manage Stock before saving configurator, if you want the stock levels for the listed products to decrease when sales are made;
6.2 Tick Show checkbox to make the configurator visible in the Inventory screen;
6.3 Click Save button at the top of the Magento Confidurator screen to save the configurator (Fig 6.1).
7. Duplicate Configurator (if required)
LinnLive offers the possibility to duplicate configurators to save time when there is a need to create several identical configurators which differ slightly. E.g. if you need to have identical configurators for the same site and attribute set. Sometimes it is faster to duplicate a configurator and alter it than create a brand new configurator.
When a duplicated configurator is created, "(0)" is added to the end of the configurator's title. This title can be edited.
7.1 Select the configurator to be duplicated;
7.2 Click Duplicate button at the top of the Magento Configurators screen (Fig 7.1);
7.3 Duplicated configurator will appear at the bottom of the Magento Configurators screen (Fig 7.2);
7.4 Alter the settings of the configurator;
7.5 Click Save button at the top of the Magento Configurators screen.
Fig 7.1 Fig 7.2
8. Revise Configurator (if required)
If information in the Magento configurator has been changed and needs to be updated on the channel, use the Revise configurator option. During revision each listing associated with the configurator will be updated.
8.1 Select the configurator to be revised;
8.2 Click Revise Selected button at the top of the Magento Configurators screen (Fig 8.1);
8.3 Review the information about the selected listings (total number of single listings and variations to be revised) before revising the listings (Fig 8.2);
8.4 Tick check-boxes against the parameters to be updated on all the selected listings (Fig 8.2). When using Update Images option during revision, images from Magento specific extended properties will be updated. If no required extended properties for Magento images are specified, Update Images option will be ignored during revision. Extended property names for single item listings should be in the following format: MAGENTO_IMAGE1, MAGENTO_IMAGE2, .., MAGENTO_IMAGE10. For variation items, the following extended properties should be used: MAGENTO_VARIATION_IMAGE1,MAGENTO_VARIATION_IMAGE2, ..., MAGENTO_VARIATION_IMAGE10.
This video demonstrates how to create configurable products - multi-variation products on Magento from LinnLive2. Here we will show how to create attributes on Magento and add them to the Attribute Set, create Magento Configurator with variations.