With PIM, Ibexa DXP handles products offered in the website, including their specifications, attributes, assets, variants and pricing.
PIM's features are available from the left menu.
To create a product you must first decide which product type it belongs to.
Product types are templates that contain a combination of Fields and attributes that constitute a product definition. By default, each product type contains such Fields as name, specification, image or category, but you can change it as required. You need different product types, because products of type "Laptops" contain different Fields and attributes than those of type "White appliances".
A product type also defines the attributes that all products of this type can have.
If your user Role has the
permission, you can modify product types and add individual attributes or attribute groups.
Attributes describe product characteristics. Customers can use them to filter and search for products. Attribute types define what kind of information you can store in an attribute. Typical product attribute examples include dimensions, weight, color, or format.
For more information, see Work with product attributes.
Products are instances of a particular product type. A product is an object that's based on a product type template. Products can have variants that you build around attributes. They can be categorized and organized into catalogs.
Also, for each product and product variant, you can define its availability, stock and price.
For more information about creating products, see Create product.
When you create or edit products, you can add assets in a form of images. Assets can be assigned to the base product, and to one or more of its variants.
When you create or edit a product, under the product name, you can see visual indication of what part of product information (tasks) you have completed, and what part is still missing.
Here you can see full information about completed tasks in the product view's Completeness tab.
This tab lists all tasks required for product configuration, including:
- content (such as images and descriptions)
- variants (if any of the attributes is enabled for variants)
- prices in different currencies
You can click the edit button next to an unfinished task in the Completeness table to move directly to the screen where you can add the missing information.
With product categories you can organize products within PIM and create relationships between them. One of the reasons for applying product categories is assisting users in searching for products.
Each category can be assigned to multiple products, and each product can belong to multiple categories of different or similar character, for example:
- Business Laptops
- Windows OS Devices
- Stock clearance
You can enable the use of product categories, assign products to categories and vice versa, and define your own categories.
Product variants enable you to have multiple versions of one product, differing in some characteristics.
Typical examples are a t-shirt in different colors, or a laptop with different hard disk sizes.
Product availability and stock¶
You can control a product's availability, which translates into whether it's being offered for purchase, and the available stock. You can either set the exact number of product pieces available in stock or indicate that availability is infinite, for example, for digital, downloadable products.
You can create special catalogs, for example, to differentiate the offering that's presented to B2B and B2C users, retailers and distributors or different regions. Catalogs contain a sub-set of products from the system.