Tutorial 102

How to Upload Simple Products

Login to your Vendor Dashboard and click Add Product button.

You’ll see fields to enter Product Name Product Description, and Short Description.

Product Name:  The product name will display under the thumbnail picture of your product.  Please ensure the product name is fewer than 4 lines when it displays on the front end of the site.

Product Short Description:  This displays directly next to the product when a user clicks on the thumbnail to learn more about the product.

Product Description:  This will display when a user scrolls down past the image of the product.  You can chose to simply cut and past the same text in both product descriptions, or you can use the longer product description category to display additional logistical information that you don’t feel is necessary to display directly next to the product image.

See these images below for examples of how these 3 categories are displayed on the site.

 

If you scroll down past short description, you’ll see Product Description:

 

Enter the information you’d like to display in these 3 spaces.  Then scroll down to Categories.  Click in the space and you’ll see choice to chose from.  Select your choice and click enter.  You can chose more than one category for your product.  Please only select the Holiday category if your item is directly related to the holidays; e.g. a menorah, a holiday gift tag, etc.

Write Tags for your product in the next space.  Tags can be more than one word. Tags should be separated by commas.  Tags will help users search for your product.

Click on “Set featured image” to upload the main photo that will display for your product.   In general, we prefer products with simple backgrounds and without clutter to distract from the product.

You can either upload an image from the files on your computer or you can chose an image you’ve already uploaded to your media library.  Chose your image and click blue Set Product Image button.

If you already have a product image formatted in correct size, you can skip ahead.  But if you need to resize or edit your image, you can continue here.  Go to canva.com.  I find it easy to just click on Social Media option because it is a square size that will work well.

Then you can upload an image from your computer or search for stock images.  You will only want to use stock images for your product if it is a service or experience.  If your product is an actual good, you will use a photo of your actual product.

Drag and drop the photo onto the design space.  And resize to fill the space by dragging the corner dots to make image smaller or larger.

If your product is rectangular and forcing it into square space will cut off important parts of the product, you can simply place the image in the middle of the square design space with equal white on top/bottom or left/right, depending on product orientation.  See example below.

Then click Download and Download.

Now you can go back to your vendor dashboard, click upload featured image, upload, select this file, and click set featured product image.

Next, you can move onto the image gallery.  The image gallery are additional picture of your products you may want to display, e.g. what the packaging looks like or additional views.  They display in small thumbnails below the featured image and will appear in the main featured image space when a user clicks on one.

 

If you’d like to remove an image form your gallery, you can click on the X, as shown in the above image.

If there are no choices for you product, e.g. size, color, frames, you will select Simple product from the Product Type dropdown menu. Tutorial 103: Variable Products will explain how to set up size choices, etc.

Next, you will enter information on the General tab.  You may enter a SKU if you’d like–that is for your purposes only.  Then, you’ll enter the product price in the Regular Price box.  I will explain sale prices in a future tutorial.  Feel free to figure it out on your own if you’d like to discount your products.

Now scroll down and enter whether your product is taxable or not.  As laid out in the Seller Terms, it is your responsibility to determine whether an item is taxable.  We will collect taxes, but you must correctly determine where the item is taxable.

Now move on to the Inventory tab.

If you have an unlimited amount of your Product or have the ability to make more quickly and on demand, you will not need to set any actual inventory amount.  You will just need to make sure you select In stock from the dropdown menu.

If you have a limited or fixed amount of products, you will want to check off “Manage stock?” box.

Then you enter the amount of stock you have in next space, Stock Qty.

Next, you will decide whether to Allow Backorders.  If your item is one-of-a-kind and you do not have the ability or desire to remake it ever, you will select Do not allow.  But if you think you can make a similar item or piece, you can select Allow, but notify customer.  Then you can make or order a new piece for that customer.  If the piece is handmade and varies each time, you will want to let them know that each piece is handmade and may not be exactly same as the one pictured.

That’s it!  You’re ready to click Add Product.  (And just a reminder to periodically click Save Draft as you’re working on entering info for a product.)   After you add a product, it comes to me for review.  Once we launch, I will not publish your product unless your image looks good and all other aspects are in order.  If I find something amiss, I will reach out to you to make corrections or load a better photo before the product is made public.