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Zen Cart Product Options & Values

Managing your Zen Cart products, you may come to the point when you will have the products differing only in size, color or other criteria. Thus, you might want to add those parameters as options to select at one product page instead of creating as many separate products as goods variants you've got. For example, you can create individual items for a white shirt, a brown shirt and green shirt - or you could build one product Shirt with choice possibility, where you will be able to select red, brown or green color.

If you decide that last variant is more suitable for you, make use of Zen Cart attributes to implement desired. With attributes your catalog will more manageable for you as its owner, as well as for your customers that will see one product with options they can pick without having to go through the whole store trying to find identical shirt, but in a different color.

Before you start entering attributes, you have to plan your attribute use and entry. You need to know that before applying variants to the products you need to create Zen Cart attribute options and add values to them.

Lets view in details how it works with Store Manager for Zen Cart:

Create Zen Cart attribute options and values

Option is basic parameter that groups under itself different items variations of this parameter. Example is the best explanation. Lets say, if you have shirts in different colors, then you create main attribute option - ‘Color’ and attribute values will be white, brown and green.

You add these option to general tab, since Zen Cart products can share the same or have different attributes. In case they are the same, there is no need to create them for each product separately, they can be simply applied.

Open Product Options&Values tab of Store Manager, click ‘Add New Product Option’ button and you will see form with fields to fill in.

Zen Cart attributes and values
Zen Cart attributes and values

Input product name, choose option type from the list of available (Text, Radio button, Checkbox and Text area), indicate additional fields if necessary.

Next is required to add values to this newly-created option using ‘Add New Option Value’ button. Indicate to which option the value should be related and type actual value. This procedure you have to repeat so many times as you have values for Zen Cart attributes.

There is also the possibility to edit both Zen Cart attribute options and their values.

Apply Attribute Option to Zen Cart Products

To make Zen Cart attribute options and values the part of your product you need to add them. It is possible if you select the product and check tab ‘Attributes’ in grid or double-click to edit product. You can add attribute options and each value in turns. Using our example, you first add attribute with option - Color and Value - brown, then attribute with option - Color and Value - white, and finally the one with value green. This way you will have 3 rows, check below.

Zen Cart attributes and values
Zen Cart attributes and values

In case you forgot to create one more option or value and need it, there is no need to return, as it is possible to add option with values directly from this tab.

You can also make changes to all Zen Cart attributes at once using ‘Extended Attribute Editor’. Tick the checkboxes in front of attributes you would like to be added to product in bulk. All the fields except attribute names and values can be edited in this window.

Modifying price of options you set price increasing comparing to base product price. So, there should be indicated mark-ups or mark-downs that will be calculated taking into account base product price.

When you set all Zen Cart attribute options and values, you can copy them from product to product instead of configuring them again (it will work only for Zen Cart products with the same attributes).

To get more information on attribute option and values, read this detailed step-by-step manual -


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