PrestaShop attributes and attribute groups are the factors that ensure flexibility of e-commerce platform, since using them you can create different variations, models and combinations of your products.
Sometimes people mix up these 2 notions and treat them as the same things or completely different than they really are. PrestaShop attribute groups should not be confused with the attributes (attribute options). First, you create attribute groups and then attribute options that will belong to this group. Attribute group is like container that holds all the variations of characteristic, attribute group represents.
At the frontend attributes are options available for customers to choose from while placing the order for particular product. The easiest example is clothing. Lets say you are selling evening dresses online. Dresses usually differ in size, color or material, that correspondingly are attribute groups. Size, color or material variations, for example S, M, L are selections that will appear in drop-down at product page.
How to organize attribute groups and attributes in described beneath
Adding Attribute Groups and Attributes in Admin
Configuring attributes and groups in PrestaShop back-office, you should accomplish the actions, in the way outlined:
- Navigate to Catalog->Product Attributes in the back-office and hit Add new attribute button.
- Input attribute group name, public name and set input type for it: drop-down list, radio button, color or texture. Optionally you can provide additional details
- Find just created attribute in the list and click on it. It is empty and you have to add values. Press Add new value button and configure option.
Analogically you can add necessary attributes and groups in PrestaShop back-office. Nevertheless, we would like to demonstrate you one more way of adding PrestaShop attribute groups and attributes.
Attributes Configuring In Store Manager for PrestaShop
To manage attributes and groups, open Store tab of Store Manager for PrestaShop and select Attributes&Groups tab in the main menu. All the attributes and groups are organized within one application section, what makes attribute management more intuitive
First of all, create PrestaShop attribute group using “Create Group” button. There is also the possibility to massively add groups using “Quick add Groups”. Basically, you type there group names and they will be created. If you indicated some wrong group or did typo, do not worry, as you can edit or delete group easily using appropriated buttons.
Further you should create PrestaShop attribute(s). In case you have created lots of attribute groups, select the one you need to be added attribute values and then press “Add Attribute” or “Quick Add Attributes” (for bulk appending). In case you added attributes to wrong attribute group, delete it and re-do the process.
If you do not see changes after they were applied and the list in this section shows the same results as before the alterations, press “Refresh” button to actualize the list.
One more useful feature Store Manager for PrestaShop offers is the possibility to export the data on PrestaShop attribute groups and Prestashop attributes. If you use this option you will have the chance to get the mentioned information listed in the files of Excel or HTML format.
Moreover, using attributes you can create combination (in case you have several attributes), lets say, shirt of size L and color blue. There is also the possibility to generate all unique combinations automatically.