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Flexible variable product

Introduction

Flexible Variable is an another new product type that we came up with . It is similar to variable product type but it has quiet different feature when compare to variable product type.

Like variable product type, it also lets you define variations of a product where each variant may have a different attributes, e.g. SKU, price and stock level.

The only different is that this product type does not generate variants automatically. The variant has to be generated manually by clicking on Add variant button. So that store owner could remove / delete the variant that has zero stock available and add variant once it is available.

Since adding / removing a single variant will be possible with this product type, it will be more easy for you manage variants which are out of stock.

General

Flexivariable product type

  • Visible in Storefront - First select whether the product is to be displayed in front of the store. If it is, set the option to ‘Yes’
  • Brand or Manufacturer - Select the brand or manufacturer of the product from the available list
  • Vendor - Select the vendor from whom the product is available for purchase - This is J2Store PRO feature
  • Tax Profile - Specify whether the product is taxable and if it is, select the taxprofile relevant to the product
  • Cart button text - It allows you to define the custom text to be displayed in the add to cart button

Choosing images

This feature is available for native Joomla articles and in J2Store Product Layouts

To display the thumbnail, main and additional images in Joomla articles, you should first configure the Content - J2Store plugin in Plugin Manager. Otherwise, you wont see these images in your products.

Lets assume that a customer would like to purchase a car. Now, car images need to be loaded in this tab.

  • Main Image - The main image will be a general photo image of the car, that has to be uploaded by clicking on the ‘Select an image’ button and select the appropriate image from the files.
  • Thumbnail Image - The thumbnail image would be something that represents the original product, but it would be a much smaller one to fit into a button, that will be shown up in the cart. By seeing this, the customer will understand that his product is displayed on the button and will click the button to see more details about the car.
  • Additional Images - Additional images help the customer to know more details about the car, which will be showing the car view in many angles, and the customer will understand it clearly how it looks like, what the technical details of the car, the color, and so on.

NOTE: **For the images set for the variants to appear on the frontend, the main image and thumbnail image has to be set. Only then when the variants are chosen on the frontend their corresponding images would come up.

Variants

Variants are products of same type and nature but with different attributes. For e.g., consider a T-shirt of a particular brand with certain attributes, say

  • Color - Blue
  • Size - Large
  • SKU - TSL001
  • Price - $12
  • Brand - Flying machine

and so on. This is a variant of the particular brand. Now, the same product with same brand, will be another variant with some attributes changed, like

  • Color - Black
  • Size - Small
  • SKU - TSL002
  • Price - $15
  • Brand - Flying machine

For both the items, brand name may be same, but the attributes like color, price and SKU differs. These are two variants of a particular Tshirt brand.

  • A variant defines how this product differs from other products of same type
  • It may be SKU no, price, stock level or color

Lets discuss it with some image illustrations:

Select size option from the dropdown list and then click on Add option. The size will be added as variant option.

And then choose the color option and add it to the variant options list in same way.

Adding options

After adding size and color, your screen will look like below: Options list

Now you will get options to add variants to the product. Choose size from the drop down “All size” and then choose the color and click on Add variant button.

For example, select L from size and select Black from color and click on Add variant button.Likewise, add all the variants you want.

Adding options

Now the screen will look like below:

Variant list

If you want to edit the properties of the variants, open each variant by clicking on small down arrow given next to the variant name. You will get the screen like below:

Editing variants

If any one of your variants comes out of stock and you wants to hide that variant displaying in front end, you could do so by clicking on delete icon.

Delete option for variants

Below is the screenshot of how flexivariable product shows in site’s frontend.

Frontend

Filters

Filters are certain attributes that help narrow the search of a particular product.

For e.g., assume that a customer searches for purple t-shirts in the store. Now, the product filter is set as color > Black, to narrow the search. See the image below:

Filters and specifications

Now the cart will display only the Black t-shirts.

Relations

Relations

  • In this tab page, relations are set for Upsells and Cross sells
  • An upsell is to get the customer to spend more money – buy a more expensive model of the same type of product considered for purchase.
  • A cross-sell is to get the customer to spend more money buy adding more products from other categories, additionally, along with the product intended for purchase.
  • Example:The terms cross-sell and upsell are often used interchangeably because, let’s face it, this gets confusing. Say the customer is viewing a Laptop with 2GB/500GB for $500.4GB/500GB-> $550 - Upsell, same product family, more expensive4GB/1TB -> $700 - Upsell, same product family, more expensiveLaptop Bag -> $25 - Cross sell, related product, additional sell

Apps

Custom fields / settings from applications will be displayed in this tab.

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