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How to create a product in Magento

  1. From Magento Admin panel to Catalog→Manage Products
  2. In the top right corner click "Add Product"
  3. Fill in: Product Information
  4. Click "Save" button

And here is the essence – how to create a Magento product.

They’re what your store is all about so this tutorial is all about helping you to learn how to create and add a product to your Magento store.

We will start from the Admin Panel and from there we will navigate to Catalog and choose Manage Products.

Magento main menu
Once you have chosen Manage Products you will see a new screen showing all of your products, if you have previously created them.

You don’t need them for now, so just pay attention to the orange Add Product button located in the upper right part of the screen.

That’s all we need for now to start creating our product.

Here is how it looks:

Creating Magento product
Firstly, you will see that you need to set up General information about the product, so we will start by creating Product settings, which means determining product’s Attribute set and Product type.

To simplify – an attribute set is, as the name suggests, a collection of attributes that your product has.

Magento will offer you default set of attributes, but you can add new ones depending on your products.

Let’s say that you are selling shoes.

You would want to bring your product closer to your customers by determining the set of attributes such as size, colour and manufacturer, for example.

By creating an attribute set, you will have the option to associate all the products (all shoes for example) with attributes that describe them closely, without having to do it separately for each product.

If you don’t have any previously created attribute sets, choose the Default attribute set.

We did the same in our tutorial. (see the screenshot)

Product attribute set in Magento

Next, you will have to determine Type of your products.

Magento offers you setting up different types of products – simple, bundle, configurable, grouped and downloadable.

For the purpose of this tutorial we have chosen to create a simple product.

Here is how the process looks in the very beginning:

Magento product type dropdown menu

Once you have determined product type and attribute set for your product, click on the Continue orange button located below the dropdown menu.

Now, you need to add all the General information related to your product.

Take a look:

New product overview

So what you need to do is:

  • enter the name of your product. This will be the product’s name on your store’s front end.
  • enter a SKU (Stock Keeping Unit number). That is the unique identifier for this particular product. Note that if you have multiple stores and you update an SKU, it will appear updated on all store views since it is global.
  • enter the weight of your product – very important field in terms of shipping calculation and delivery.
  • choose the tax class for your product.
  • enter a URL for your product (note that it will be automatically generated if you leave this field blank)
  • set up the visibility of your product and determine whether it will appear only in the catalog pages, only in the search results, or both. Now you can see a menu on your left hand side. Go ahead and start from the beginning – set up a price for your product by clicking on Prices menu item.

Setting up product prices in Magento

The price field is obligatory, so make sure you enter a value or you won’t be able to save the product in the end.

If you have some special prices for special dates, click on the Calendar menu and choose the dates when the special price you have set up will be valid.

Now, choose the next item from the menu – Meta Information.

Meta information is an important field since it will help you optimize your category pages and your products for better SEO.

Let’s take a look at what fields we need to fill out and how:

Meta information

First add your Meta Title.

This will determine what will be seen when searching for a term.

It is the field that will determine your ranking eventually.

Proceed to adding the Meta Description field.

What you enter in this field will appear below search engine results.

Note that you only have 155 characters at your disposal, so be concise, clear and to the point.

Moving on, we have to add images for our product.

Navigate to the Image menu item and click.

You will see that there’s no image at this point, so click Browse, the orange button located on the left side.

You can now browse through your computer and find an image for your product.

Once you have chosen the image, click Upload and wait for the upload process to be over.

Once the image is uploaded, you should just hover over the image (roll over for preview) in order to see it.

Let’s take a look:

Adding product image

Now, you can sort order of your images and choose where they should appear by marking radio buttons that you can see on the right side.

Also on the right side you have Exclude and Remove checkboxes that you can mark if you want to remove an image.

Also, note that if you do not upload the image, Magento will place a placeholder image instead.

Next, we should add a description for our product. Choose the Description menu item from the left hand side menu.

Both fields are marked as obligatory so make sure you enter the proper description for your product. In our tutorial we moved on straight to setting up the Inventory.

See the screenshot:

Manage product inventory in Magento

Firstly, we need to enter the Quantity.

So go ahead and enter the exact amount of products you have at this point, and notice what is in the very bottom of the screen.

You will see a dropdown menu and if you open it, you will see two options – you can mark your products as Out of Stock and In Stock.

Note that customers will not be able to order your products if they are marked as Out of Stock.

So make sure you pay close attention to this option, not only when setting up products for the first time, but in general.

Next, choose Website menu item and determine in which store will your product appear in by marking the checkbox next to the store name.

Head to Category menu item and assign your product to a category.

See the screenshot below:

Placing product to a Magento category

And by marking the checkbox, you’re done with adding your product to a category.

We didn’t go any further since adding related and associated products will be subject of one of our next tutorials.

So, now just click the Save button in the upper right part of the screen and save your product.

Keep up the good work!

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