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Step by Step
         Creating Products... (pg. 2)
By Sabra Lutz, Technology Matrix Group - Copyright 2001
Step 2

When you have finished configuring the first screen of the product it is time to add your product images.  Click on the images tab and it will bring you to the following screen:

Clicking on the "Upload" button will bring up a screen that will allow you to browse your hard disk for your product images.  This is the same process you use to find any file on your computer.  Merchant provides for uploading two images, a "thumbnail which is a small image of the product for display on the category page, and a "Full-sized image that will appear on the product page.   These are optional (although we strongly recommend having images for your products) and both can be in either JPEG or GIF (including animated GIF) format.

Step 3

The last tab we need to look at is "Headers & Footers".  Once again, these boxes will accept HTML and JavaScript and have virtually no character limit.  You can use them to put special links (such as a link at the top that says "Main Category) or general info about your site.

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In most cases you will probably use the "Global Footer" to convey general information to your customers (shipping charges, contact info, privacy policy, etc.), but on certain products you may want to use the "Product Footer" as an additional information area.

Step 4

Insert hidden keywords for each product!  This is very important since the search function in Merchant has limitations which may cause your customers to not find relevant products when they run a search.  Click here to find out how.

Step 5

Click "Add" in the lower right hand corner and you're done!  Make sure to open another browser window and check your work.  If you did not add it directly to a category, you will have to run a 'search' for the product in order to be able to see it.  Below is a screen shot of a product example:

Click next to go on to our next tutorial "Editing Products" or click previous to see "Editing Categories".

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