Zen Cart Product Types
When setting or administrating Zen Cart catalog of products, you will have to deal with Zen Cart product types. Product type makes it possible to present different information for merchandises you sell at your web shop.
Each product type shows some special information. For example, in case you want to create type for books, which you offer online, you need to consider book covers, author, number of pages books contain, edition, and so on. Thus, Zen Cart product types incorporate custom information in addition to generic product data. With Store Manager for Zen Cart application you can arrange product types in corresponding Product Types section. By default you can see the following types of Zen Cart products: Product-General, Product-Music, Document-General, Document-Product, Product-Free Shipping.
Whenever you have range of products which should be assigned to product type that does not exist, you are free to add new product type, clicking on corresponding options available on the toolbar. You will derive dialog window, where the following details should be specified: product type name, parent type, handler page, allow add to cart, image, date added and last modified.
In much the same way one can modify Zen Cart products type. Just find target product type in the list and click on Edit Product Type icon on the toolbar. The same Edit Product Type window will appear, through which you can modify product type details.
To delist unnecessary type of Zen Cart products, choose it and click on Delete Product Type button placed on the toolbar.
There is also the Product Type Layout notion. It allows Zen Cart users to specify which elements should be displayed and how they should be shown. Fields that are used in Product Layout, are: Title, Description, Date Added, Last Modified as well as other options for identifying Zen Cart products and their functions. Product type info page layout options are displayed in the lower grid. Switch between different product types to derive its characteristics below. It is also possible to create new Zen Cart products types layouts, modify existing or remove unused ones.
The type, a product should belong to, can be specified when this product is being created or modified. When you add a new item through Edit Product Properties window, you can specify product type in Other Product Options tab, choosing the needed one from the dropdown. When you edit items you can change product type in the same way.
Creating necessary product types and assigning them to certain products you widen and improve your web shop catalog management possibilities. To find out more on Store Manager functioning follow the link - http://zencart-manager.com