The Catalog interface in Episerver Commerce provides multiple options to work with catalogCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs). data. Marketers may want to create new productCommerce: various forms of merchandise that you can display and purchase from the public site, including products, variations/SKUs, bundles, packages and dynamic packages.s and variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s, and merchandisers may want to enrich new products being added to e-commerce channels. Ecommerce solutions integrated with an external ERPEnterprise Resource Planning; refers to systems for managing business operations including product planning, development, manufacturing, logistics sales and marketing. system may have existing products with core data that only need to be completed within Episerver Commerce. In other scenarios, you can create new products from scratch. When working with catalog entries, you typically complete the following tasks.
- Locate "incomplete" products added from integrated systems, add content and media, then categorize and publish them.
- Create products, add content and media provided from external sources, then categorize and publish them.
- Add product codes, internal and display names, properties, media, pricing and inventory information to variants.
When creating a catalog structure, carefully consider its maintenance and performance aspects. You should not build hierarchies of categories, products and variants that are too deep in the product catalog. On the other hand, a flat catalog structure with too many entries in the same category can negatively impact performance.
Types of catalog entries
Each catalog entry has a type.
- Category. A way to group products, such as Art Books or Cocktail Dresses. For more information, see Working with Commerce Categories.
- Product. Merchandise you can display on the front-end site. A product typically consists of several variants. Customers purchase the variants.
- Variant or SKUCommerce: Stock Keeping Unit; corresponds to a purchasable product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs for sleeve size, color, and collar size.. A product with specific characteristics, such as details for size, color, sleeve length, and price.
- Package. Similar to a variant because it must be purchased as a whole. For example, a shirt and hat combination is shrink-wrapped together and sold as a unit. Although multiple variants make up a package, it has a unique SKU number and appears as a single line item in a shopping cartCommerce: A collection of products selected by a website customer, with the intention of completing a purchase. Also known as a shopping cart or basket.. For more information, see Editing a package or bundle.
- Bundle. A collection of variants, allowing customers to purchase two or more items at once. Pricing is SKU-specific and separate. For example, a matching shirt and hat, presented together on the front-end so a user can buy both items at once. Each item appears on its own line in a shopping cart. For more information, see Editing a package or bundle.
You can create a new entry from the catalog tree's context menu, the main listing, or the Add content button at the top. When you expand the catalog tree, context-sensitive options appear. For example, after selecting a category, you can create a new category, product, variant, packageCommerce: a unit that contains multiple products or variants, with a single unique pricing for the entire package; comparable to an individual SKU because the package item must be purchased as a whole (such as a computer system)., or bundleCommerce: a collection of variations and SKUs that let customers purchase two or more items at once.. After selecting a product, you can create new products or variants.
Because variants belong to the lowest level in the product hierarchy, you cannot add sub-entries for them; you only can edit them.
The catalog tree in the left pane does not display products or variants; only category nodes. Use the main catalog entry listing in the middle of the screen to access options for products and variants (SKUs).
A catalog can contain only products, both products and variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s, or only variants. The following example shows how to create a variant.
- Expand the catalog tree or select the main catalog listing and navigate to the desired catalog entry (category or product). Or, use catalog search to find the product you want to work with.
- Select the catalog entry for which you are creating the variant. Then, either select Add > Variant/SKU at the top of the screen or, from the context menu, select New > Variant/SKU.
- Enter a name for the variant and select the appropriate variant type (meta-class). The system suggests types based on the context and previous similar actions.
- Complete the category properties. The system saves the item automatically but it is not available on the website until published. See also: Creating a catalog entry.
Translating catalog content
Like other types of content, catalog entries can exist in multiple languages. See Multi-language management for information about translating catalog entries.
Saving and publishing
After editing a catalog entry, you can either publish the changes immediately, or schedule for later publishing using the save and publish flow for content. Certain information, such as pricing, is immediately published upon edit.
- From the Catalog view, in the right panel, select the catalog entry or variant to be moved. To select an item, place the cursor on the far right until you see the context menu, then click.
- Drag and drop the item to the desired catalog tree node (on the left).
- In the Select Action dialog, click Move.
You can duplicate an existing entry to start a new entry. When you create a duplicate entry, it gets a unique ID, and you can edit the following details to make it unique. You can also move it to any location in the catalog tree.
- Category. Creates a new code, name in URLUniform Resource Locator. Also known as a web address such as http://world.episerver.com., and SEO URLCorresponds to simple address in CMS. Depending on the site setup, it may be used instead of the hierarchical URL when links are rendered in outgoing responses. For incoming requests, the site always responds to the SEO URL, regardless of settings. For more information, see http://world.episerver.com/blogs/Magnus-Rahl/Dates/2013/12/Replace-SEO-URL-generation-in-EPiServer-Commerce-75/., based on the original. Name, internal name, and content are the same as the original. Sub-entries, such as products and variants in the category, are not duplicated.
- Product. Creates a new URL name, SEO URL, and product code based on the original. Name, internal name, content, and market availability are the same as the original.
- Variant (SKU). Creates a new URL name, SEO URL, and product code based on the original. The internal name, content, pricing information, and market availability are the same as the original.
You can duplicate one or several catalog entries. The following example duplicates multiple variants and adds them to another category.
- Expand the catalog tree and go to the desired catalog or category node, so that products and variants you want to duplicate appear in the main listing.
- Pin the Catalogs pane so it remains open.
- In the list, check the boxes of items to be duplicated.
- Drag your selection to the desired catalog tree location.
- The Select Action dialog box appears. Click Duplicate. The selected entries are duplicated in the desired location.
You also can use the List menu's Copy and Paste options to duplicate multiple entries, or the Context menu's Copy and Paste options to duplicate a catalog entry.
After you import products and variants to the system, you can add, edit or delete them.
Properties for productCommerce: various forms of merchandise that you can display and purchase from the public site, including products, variations/SKUs, bundles, packages and dynamic packages.s and variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s are almost the same except that pricing and inventory options are only defined for variants, which is why you see a tab displaying variants (SKUs) related to the product. Categories also have some properties described here.
Changes to relationCommerce: a link that allows a product to appear in more than one category (node).s and pricing are immediately published and visible on the website, and are not part of the publishing flow.
Changes to content and assetContent such as documents, videos, and images that can be linked to other content such as pages, blocks, and catalog entries in Commerce.s must be published to become visible on the website. See Publishing and managing versions for publishing information.
To learn about product and variant properties, see Creating a catalog entry
Catalog-specific editing options
The Commerce interface has a view selector with editing additional options. Using these, you can work with items in a Item List, or access the Pricing, Inventory and Relations views.
Editing multiple catalog entries
When viewing a product, you can work with several catalog entries at once by
- Selecting several items on the list.
- Applying actions such as cut, copy, paste, detach and delete.
As a catalogCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs). grows larger, use the batch update tool to update multiple catalog entries at once. The Catalog Batch Update option in Commerce Manager lets you make multiple changes to your catalog without having to update each catalog entry individually. When you search for catalog entries to update, you can filter the results.
- Go to Catalog Management > Catalog Batch Update. The Batch Update screen appears.
- Main Adjustment.
- Entry Type. Select Product, Variation/SKU, Bundle, or Package.
- Meta Class and Field menu items depend on the Meta Class you select. Your selection populates the Field drop-down selections.
- Additional Filters. Language, Catalog/Category and Keywords.
- If your entries are in more than one language and you want to edit an entry in another language, apply the Language filter.
- If you want to narrow the results to a specific catalog, use the Catalog filter to search for entries within that catalog.
- To narrow your search even further, enter keywords, such as Wine Glass.
- Main Adjustment.
- Within search results, you have the following options:
- Select a catalog entry and go directly to its edit page.
- Use the Field drop-down to select a field to edit directly. For example, you want to change the display price for a list of variation/skus at one time. Change the Field drop-down menu to Variation: Display Price. The right column changes, letting you directly edit the display price for all catalog entries at once.
- Click Save All.
When deleting a productCommerce: various forms of merchandise that you can display and purchase from the public site, including products, variations/SKUs, bundles, packages and dynamic packages. or a variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size. the following happens depending on how the entry you want to delete is related to other catalogCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs). entries:
- If a product is deleted, all links from other catalog entries to it are removed.
- If a product with associated variants is deleted, the variants are left associated with the same category as the deleted product.
- If a variant is deleted, all links from other catalog entries to the variant are removed.
Be aware that deletion of catalog entries cannot be undone.
To delete a product or variant, click Delete from the context menu for the item in the item list.
To delete multiple catalog entries at the same time, select the entries in the item list and click Delete in the toolbar.