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Attribute

Some items like shoes and t-shirts are sold in various sizes and colours. In plentymarkets, such characteristics are called attributes. Attributes help you simultaneously characterise your products and create saleable variations, e.g. the t-shirt in the colour red and the size S.

1. Creating attributes manually

First, create attributes like colour or size.

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes.

  2. Click on New attribute.

  3. Enter an internal name.

  4. Click on Save.
    → The attribute is created and the tab Basic settings is displayed.

  5. Carry out the settings in all of the tabs.

  6. Save () the settings.

1.1. Tab: Basic settings

Setting Explanation

Name (internal)

Unique name for the attribute. The internal name is used in the plentymarkets back end only and is not visible for the customers. The internal name can only be assigned once per system. The internal name must not contain the following characters, otherwise errors may occur while exchanging data:

  • Comma

  • Colon

  • Semicolon

  • Quotation marks

Position

Which attribute should be displayed in the plentyShop first, second, third, etc? Enter a position number into this field. If an item has multiple attributes, then the attributes will be displayed in ascending order according to their position number.

Image link possible

Select this option (), for example, if you want the item image to change on eBay, depending on which colour a customer chooses. In other words, select this option if the appropriate images should automatically be displayed.

Note: Although multiple attributes can be linked with one variation, the image link is only possible for one attribute per variation.

Additional settings:

These steps are described in further detail in another chapter.

Attribute selection in store

How should customers choose sizes or colours in your plentyShop? Should they choose the name from a drop-down list or click on an image?

  • With drop-down menu = The attribute names will be displayed in a drop-down list.

  • With image = The attributes will be displayed as images in your plentyShop.

  • With box = The attributes will be displayed as boxes with attribute values in the plentyShop.

Groupable in item lists

Should variations that have this attribute be displayed individually or cumulatively in the plentyShop?

  • Check mark = Each variation will be displayed as an individual product in the plentyShop.

Example: you sell a shoe with 2 attributes: colour and size. You want each shoe colour to look like an individual product in the plentyShop, but not each size. In this case, you’ll check this option for the attribute “colour” and you you won’t check this option for the attribute “size”.
When customers browse through the category in your plentyShop, they’ll see each colour variation as a separate product. If a customer clicks on a colour variation, then he will be taken to the item’s webpage. Here the customer will see a drop-down list, which he can use to select the appropriate shoe size.

Relationship to other settings: Check your settings for the item view and category view in the plentyShop LTS plugin. The option Show variations by type can affect the option Groupable in item lists and vice versa.

1.2. Tab: Name

Enter a name for the attribute (e.g. “Colour” or “Size”). This name will be visible in your plentyShop. If your shop is available in multiple languages, then you can enter translations of the name here.

The attribute name can be displayed in the plentyShop e.g. in a drop-down list. Make the name as short as possible since the space is limited.
attribute selection plentyshop

1.3. Tab: Values

Create attribute values like red, blue, green or S, M, L, XL.

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes » [Open attribute] » Tab: Values.

  2. Click on New value.

  3. Enter an internal name.

  4. Click on Save.
    → The attribute value is assigned an ID and displayed in the Values tab.

  5. Carry out additional settings in this tab.

  6. Save () the settings.

Setting Explanation

ID

A consecutive ID is automatically assigned by the system and cannot be changed.

Image

How should customers choose sizes or colours in your plentyShop? Should they choose the name from a drop-down list or click on an image? Upload an image here () if you want to visually display the attribute value.

Additional settings:

  • In the basic settings, specify that this attribute should be selected with an image.

  • Optionally, enter the maximum image size.

These steps are described in further detail in another chapter.

Position

Which attribute value should be displayed in the plentyShop first, second, third, etc? Enter a position number into this field. The attribute values will be displayed in ascending order according to their position number.

Name

Enter a name for the attribute value (e.g. “Red”, “Blue” or “Green”). This name will be visible in your plentyShop.

Multilingualism: If your shop is available in multiple languages, then you can enter translations of the name here.

  1. Select a language from the Show language drop-down list in the header.
    → Only the text in the Name column will change.

  2. In the Name column, enter the attribute values in the selected language.

  3. Save () the settings.

attributevalues names translation

Name (internal)

Unique name of the attribute value. The internal name is only used in the plentymarkets back end and is not visible in the plentyShop. The internal name can only be assigned once per attribute. The internal name must not contain the following characters, otherwise errors may occur while exchanging data:

  • Comma

  • Colon

  • Semicolon

  • Quotation marks

Note

Enter an optional note about the attribute value.

Tip: The note is for internal use only. The text does not appear in the plentyShop.

Percentage

Enter the percentages for the automatic distribution of attribute values. When reordering an item, the quantities of attribute values will automatically be distributed among the total quantity.

Note: Automatic distribution only takes effect for items with exactly two attribute values.

1.4. Tab: Attribute link

Some markets, such as Amazon and eBay, require you to link your own attribute values with their attribute values. For example, imagine you sell a turquoise t-shirt. But the market you want to sell it on only accepts the colours green and blue. Link your own attribute values with the ones on the other market. This ensures that your items are displayed correctly.

Additional settings

Should the item image change, e.g. on eBay, depending on which size or colour a customer chooses? Some markets, such as eBay, require you to also link your variation images with the appropriate attribute values.

2. Creating attributes via import

plentymarkets has an import tool, which you can use to import attributes. The idea is simple. Rather than manually saving attribute data in plentymarkets, you’ll enter the same information into a CSV file and then import this file into your system.

  1. Create attributes (like colour and size) and attribute values (like blue, red, green and S, M, L). You can do this with the import type Attribute.

  2. Use the attributes to generate variations. You can do this with the import type Item. See a practical example including video to learn how variations are generated.

Attributes can also be exported
  • Use the format type Attribute to export information about the attributes and attribute values.

  • Use the format type Item / VariationAttributeValues to see which attribute values are linked with a specific variation.

3. Generating variations

An item’s first variation is called its main variation. If an item has multiple variations, then the main variation can either be a saleable product or it can be a virtual data record. A virtual main variation is used to manage the other variations of the item with inheritance. How exactly you’ll proceed depends on whether the main variation should be for sale or not.

Imagine you sell a t-shirt in the sizes S, M, L and XL. The main variation is not for sale and it doesn’t correspond to any of these sizes. The main variation is simply a data container used to manage prices, categories and other product settings.

  1. First create the item without selecting any attributes. This will create the main variation without any attributes.

  2. Then choose the attributes while you create the necessary variations.

Imagine you sell a t-shirt in the sizes S, M, L and XL. The main variation is for sale and corresponds to one of these sizes, e.g. S.

  1. First create the item and choose the appropriate attribute value, e.g. the size S. The main variation will be created with this attribute value.

  2. Then choose the remaining attributes while you create the other variations.

4. Deleting attributes

Before you can delete an attribute, you have to delete all of the variations that are linked with this attribute. The variation group function is a useful tool for doing so.

Deleting variations linked to an attribute:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Set the filters on the left as follows:

    1. Set the filter Table type to Variations.

    2. Set the filter Active to ALL.

    3. Use the ALL filter to select the attribute from the drop-down list.

  3. Click on Search ().
    → All variations linked with this attribute are displayed.

  4. Select all of the variations ().

  5. Click on Variation group function.
    → The Variation group function window opens.

  6. In the Procedures area, select the option Delete variations ().

  7. Click on Execute.
    → The variations are deleted.
    → The attribute can now be deleted.

Deleting an attribute:

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes.

  2. Click on Delete () in the line of an attribute.
    → A new window opens.

  3. Click on Delete () again to confirm your decision.
    → The attribute is deleted.

5. Use cases

5.1. Images

The image should change in the plentyShop depending on which colour a customer chooses

Should the item image change in the plentyShop depending on which size or colour a customer chooses? Follow the steps below if the appropriate images should automatically be displayed.

attribute variants images plentyshop

Linking variations to the appropriate images:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item » [Open item] » Tab: Images.

  2. Upload the necessary images.

  3. Select the images () that you want to link.

  4. Click on Variation link.
    → A pop-up window will open.

  5. If needed, use the filters on the left to find specific variations.

  6. Choose which variations () should be linked to the selected images.

  7. Click on Link.
    → The images are linked with the selected variations.

  8. Save () the settings.
    → If a customer chooses the variation in your plentyShop, he will automatically see the appropriate item image.

I want customers to click on a colour tile in the plentyShop to select a colour

How should customers choose sizes or colours in your plentyShop? Should they choose the name from a drop-down list or click on an image? Follow these three steps if you want your attribute values to be displayed as images.

attribute selection via image

Step 1: Upload images for attribute values

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes » [Open attribute] » Tab: Values.

  2. Click on Upload image () in the Image column.

  3. Select the image from where it is saved on your computer.
    → The image is uploaded and a preview is shown.

  4. Repeat the steps to upload images for other attribute values.

  5. Save () the settings.

Step 2: Change the appearance in the plentyShop from text to image

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes » [Open attribute] » Tab: Basic settings.

  2. Select With image from the Attribute selection in store drop-down list.

  3. Save () the settings.

Step 3: Change the size of attribute images

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Images » Settings.

  2. Enter the maximum height and width in the Attribute images area.

  3. Save () the settings.

5.2. Markets

I want to link my own attribute values to the values on a marketplace

Some markets, such as Amazon and eBay, require you to link your own attribute values with their attribute values. For example, imagine you sell a turquoise t-shirt. But the market you want to sell it on only accepts the colours green and blue. Link your own attribute values with the ones on the other market. This ensures that your items are displayed correctly.

The image should change on a marketplace depending on which colour a customer chooses

Should the item image change, e.g. on eBay, depending on which size or colour a customer chooses? Some markets like eBay not only require you to link your attributes with the market, but also to link your variation images with the appropriate attribute values.

Requirements

Instructions

  1. Go to Item » Edit item » [Open item] » Tab: Images.

  2. Select the appropriate attribute value for the item image from the Market attribute link drop-down list.

  3. Save () the settings.
    → If a customer chooses the variation e.g. on eBay, he will see the appropriate item image.

The option Market attribute link is only visible if you have met all of the requirements listed above.

5.3. Multilingualism

My plentyShop is available in multiple languages. What should I do?

Translate the names of your attributes and attribute values into all of the languages that you need.

Step 1: Translate the attributes

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes » [Open attribute] » Tab: Name.

  2. Enter the name in as many different languages as needed.

  3. Save () the settings.

The attribute name can be displayed in the plentyShop e.g. in a drop-down list. Make the name as short as possible since the space is limited.
attribute selection plentyshop

Step 2: Translate the attribute values

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Attributes » [Open attribute] » Tab: Values.

  2. Select a language from the Show language drop-down list in the header.
    → Only the text in the Name column will change.

  3. In the Name column, enter the attribute values in the selected language.

  4. Save () the settings.

attributevalues names translation

6. FAQ

Characteristics, properties and attributes: what’s the difference?
  • Attributes, for example, are the various colours and sizes that your products are available in. Attributes help you simultaneously characterise your products and create saleable variations, e.g. a t-shirt in the colour red and the size S.

  • Characteristics and properties define products without simultaneously creating saleable variations:

    • Characteristics define entire items. For example, if an item is available in red, blue or green, then the characteristic will apply to all three variations. Characteristics aren’t very flexible, they’re outdated and they’re gradually being replaced by properties.

    • Properties define specific variations. For example, if an item is available in red, blue or green, then the property can apply to one, two or all three of the variations. Therefore, properties are much more flexible.

My attributes can’t be deleted. Why not?

Before you can delete an attribute, you have to delete all of the variations that are linked with this attribute. You can easily filter for all of the variations that are linked to an attribute and delete them. Further information and step-by-step instructions.

I don’t see the option “Market attribute link”. Where is it?

Requirements

Instructions

  1. Go to Item » Edit item » [Open item] » Tab: Images.

  2. Select the appropriate attribute value for the item image from the Market attribute link drop-down list.

  3. Save () the settings.
    → If a customer chooses the variation e.g. on eBay, he will see the appropriate item image.

The option Market attribute link is only visible if you have met all of the requirements listed above.
I accidentally deleted my attributes. Can I restore them?

Yes. You can reset your system to the status of any backup.

  • Open the database backup settings and select the area ItemAttribute. This restores the attributes and attribute values in the menu Setup » Item » Attributes. The attributes are not linked to the individual variations in the process.

  • Open the database backup settings and select the area ItemVariation. This restores the links, along with other variation data.

Can I retroactively add attributes to my variations?

Once you have added attributes to an item, you can no longer add even more attributes to it. You can only add new values to the existing attributes.

Example: Imagine you sell a t-shirt with the attributes size and colour. Specifically, the t-shirt is available in the variations “Red/S”, “Red/L”, “Blue/S” and “Blue/L”.

  • What’s possible: You could add new colour and size variations. For example, you could add the variations “Green/S” and “Green/L”.

  • What’s not possible: You can not bring new attributes into play. For example, you can not add the attribute “Material” retroactively. In this case, we recommend creating a new item so that you don’t run into any problems with pending orders and existing stock levels.

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