Magento configurator

Magento Configurators host common details of listings such as listing type, return policy, payment methods, shipping info, attributes, categories etc. In addition, Linnworks makes use of multiple product descriptions, pricing, and titles stored in the system. 

Prerequisites

  • Magento should be at least version 1.9 and higher
  • LinnLive extension has to be installed for Magento

Table Of Contents:

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Creating a Magento Configurator

To create a Magento configurator, go to  Settings  Configurators  Magento > Click  +Add New. In the configurator wizard screen add the following details and click Save:

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  • Name: enter a name for the configurator for your own convenience. The configurator name can help differentiate between certain groups of items as the same configurator can be used to create listings for similar items. 
  • Site: select the Magento account that this configurator will use when creating new listings. 
  • Attribute Set: all attribute sets need to be created on the Magento back-end in Catalog > Attributes > Attribute Sets before they will appear in the drop-down menu of the configurator. Select the attribute set that you wish to use for the configurator. Only one attribute set is available per configurator, attributes that are present in the selected set will be available in the Attributes column.
If there are any changes to the list of attribute sets on Magento, the configurator will need to be refreshed - click Settings > Refresh Channel.
The configurator is now created and you can configure other settings.

Editing Magento Configurator

When the configurator is created, make sure that you have configured all the sections. Below you will find a detailed guide for each of them.

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Name

The name of the configurator can be edited. The same configurator can be used to create listings for items that have similar listing settings, so you can use the configurator name to help differentiate between groups of listed items. 

Templates

The Templates column shows how many templates are assigned to the configurator (single listings/variations). Click on the number to see the templates.

Site

In the Site column, you can see the Magento site that you chose to sell on.

Attribute Set

In the Attribute Set column, select which attribute set you wish to use for this configurator. You can edit it before the first listing is created for this configurator.

Settings (Main)

The Settings screen is divided into two parts:

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  • General Settings: define how Linnworks will handle stock and images
    • Manage Stock: tick if you'd like Magento to automatically decrease product stock levels when the order is placed.
    • Manage images: tick to enable image upload to Magento. If disabled, images will not be uploaded to Magento.
  • Product relations: Magento allows promoting your items on other items pages if products are related (more details here).

Specify via the Extended Properties column the preferred product types: Up-sells, Related and Cross-sells. The extended property value should be the product SKU from the Magento backend. You can add several up-sells/cross-sells/related products in one extended property by adding product SKUs separated by a comma or space.

Tick the Backlink column if you want these listings to include a link back to the related products.

Please note! Up-sells/cross-sells/related products will only work if the listings with SKUs you are adding as extended property have been created using Linnworks.net as well.

Categories

In the Categories window, you can select the categories that you wish to use for this configurator. The number on the button will stand for the number of categories that you have selected.

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If there are any changes to the list of categories on Magento, the configurator will need to be refreshed, click Settings > Refresh Channel to download updated categories from your channel. This will take a few seconds.

The Categories screen is divided into 3 parts:

  • Available categories: all categories that you have created on the channel will be available here. Select categories that you wish to use for this configurator by clicking the + button.
  • Selected categories: every listing created via this configurator will be able to use categories from this table. Tick any category as Default if you wish to use a certain category every time for this configurator.
  • General Settings: categories can also be mapped via an extended property on the item. Linnworks item needs to have an extended property with the value of Magento Category ID and type Attribute.

Attributes

Each configurator can use one attribute set, and attributes that are added to the set on Magento will be available in the Attributes column.

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In the Attributes column select those attributes that you wish to use for this configurator. The number on the button will stand for the number of attributes that you have selected.

Attributes that have a red “i” icon are required by Magento and must be present on the listing, the rest are optional.

The Attributes section consists of two parts:

  • Available attributes: attributes from the selected attribute set in Magento back-end, select those that you wish to use for this configurator by clicking the + button.
  • Selected attributes: every listing created via this configurator will be able to use attributes from this table. When selected, you can specify where Linnworks will pick the information up from - the specified extended property of the item or from the Default Value column in this screen.

You can use multiple-select attributes that are configured on Magento:

    Unlike all other attributes, multiple-select attributes can be added to the configurator multiple times to specify several different values. Like all other attributes, multiple-select attributes can be mapped to 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. Magento does not allow more than 51 options for multiple select attributes.

Variations (only for variation listings)

To create a variation listing, you need to have a variation-compatible configurator that has variation attributes added to the Variations column. As an example, it can be colour, size or type, so each variation child item will have its own value that will be available in a drop-down menu on the listing.

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The Variations section consists of two parts:

General settings:

  • Use main item images only: tick if you want to display images on the listing from the main item only and keep all other images disabled. Otherwise, each child item will have its own image.
  • Upload images for child items: tick to upload individual images for each variation child item. This option will only work if your Magento supports this functionality. Note: enabling this feature will make the process of uploading images more time-consuming.
  • Extended property for variation title: use if the main item of the variation group has an extended property with the variation listing title. Otherwise, Variation Group Name will be used as the variation title.

Variation attributes: every listing created via this configurator will be able to use variation attributes from this table (variation attributes from the selected attribute set in Magento back-end).

Select those that you wish to use by clicking the +Add New button > select the name of the attribute from the drop-down menu > select the extended property that should be used in the template. Alternatively, use Default Value (default values need to be added on Magento back-end in Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes > double-click the attribute code > Manage Label / Options).

There is an extra option to apply a price adjustment for 1 or more child items of the variation - for example, if you sell kid's shoes and want most  popular colour (black as in above example) to be more expensive than other sizes, then this is where you configure it:

  • Click +Add New button under the row with a variation attribute.
  • In the Name drop-box, select the attribute that the price adjustment will be applied to.
  • In the Price field enter the numeric value that the price should be increased by. In the Type drop-down box select the type of adjustment: Fixed or Percentage
  • Use the  Delete Attribute Price button if you wish to delete the selected adjustment price.
Please Note! For variation listings, configurable product attributes should be set up on Magento back end:
  1. Go to Magento backend and select Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes;maglisting1
  2. Click Add New Attribute button at the top right;
  3. Define the new attribute as Global;
  4. Set Apply To to Selected Product Types;
  5. Select Simple Product and Configurable Product from the list;
  6. Set Use To Create Configurable Product to Yes;maglisting2
  7. Click Save and Continue Edit at the top right.

When selecting the two Apply To options, you will need to hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard to select both Simple and Configurable Product.