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By Sabra Lutz, Technology Matrix Group - Copyright 2001
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One of the things that makes Merchant easy to use is the ability to add products and categories in no particular order.   If you already have a clear idea of exactly which products will go in which categories you may want to create your categories first.  Having categories available will allow you to assign each product directly to the correct category as you create your products.  However, you can only add a product to one category directly as you are creating it.  If you know a product will be in more than one category, it will save little or no time to create the categories first and you can easily add the categories after you have created your products.

Step 1

Login to your store through admin and expand the "Products" section.  Click "Add Product" and the first add product screen will come up in the right hand frame.  Like almost all other areas of Miva Merchant admin, you can insert HTML code.  The "Product Code" will accept numbers and letters up to 50 characters. While it can accept HTML code it is not advisable because all characters entered into this field will be your product code!?

  Before you begin adding products we suggest that you come up with a system of assigning product codes to items.  As your store grows it can become confusing if unrelated products have codes that are too similar.

The "Product Name" is also alphanumeric and can hold up to 100 characters including HTML.  This means you can modify the text for the product name (e.g. make it bold, italic, or a different color) or you can even use an image.  For example, you have exclusive items and would like to alert customers that those products are only available through your store. (To learn more about HTML in admin click here.)

The next item we should look at is the "Category Code" box.  This is where you can assign a product directly to a given category as you are creating it.  If you know the category code already then just type it in, if not you can use the "Lookup" button to locate it. 

The "Price" box is the retail price of your item (this is what the customer will pay), and the "Cost" box is where you input your cost for the item.  The cost will not show up on any screen and can be used for calculating the discount on items using price groups.  These fields will accept numbers ONLY.

The weight is used to calculate shipping based on weight.  People who do not ship based on weight often wish to remove the display of weight, but unfortunately it is not possible using standard Merchant.  The best you can do in this case, without using modules or editing the Miva Merchant Code (click here to find out how), is de-select its display in the "Product Layout" tab of your categories (see editing categories).   This will eliminate it from showing on the category screen (which is good) but it will still be visible on the product pages.  So, you will need to either leave the weight at zero (which can look funny) or put in the actual weight of the item despite the fact that it has no relevance. 

The product description box where you enter your info about the product.  It accepts HTML and JavaScript and virtually does not have a character limit.   Please note: although JavaScript is compatible with Merchant, some JavaScripts will not work due to the fact that they may need certain components inserted into the <head> of the document.

Be careful when inserting HTML code into your Merchant admin.  Stray <body> tags, unclosed tables or <font> tags can cause the rest of your page to display incorrectly.   To find out more click here.

Merchant defaults all products as "taxable".   You must remember to uncheck this box if you are selling non-taxable items.

The last box on this screen is the "Active" checkbox which allows you to hide a product if you do not want it to be accessible at this time.  If you leave the box selected the product will be immediately available, if you de-select it the product will be hidden until you make it active again.

 

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