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Characteristics and properties

Some items stand out from the crowd. Be it a watch that is water resistant or a loudspeaker that has Bluetooth technology. In plentymarkets, such distinguishing features are called characteristics and properties.

With the help of characteristics and properties, for example, you can:

  • highlight the technical features of a product (e.g. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi).

  • set up filters in your online store. Your customers can then use these filters to refine the search results in the store (e.g. only see speakers that have Bluetooth technology).

  • sell personalised items.

Characteristics, properties and attributes: what’s the difference?
  • 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 Characteristics aren’t very flexible, they’re outdated and they’re gradually being replaced by properties.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.

  • 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.

1. Characteristics

What are characteristics?

Some items stand out from the crowd. Be it a watch that is water resistant or a loudspeaker that has Bluetooth technology. In plentymarkets, such distinguishing features are called characteristics.

With the help of characteristics, for example, you can:

  • highlight the technical features of a product (e.g. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi).

  • set up filters in your online store. Your customers can then use these filters to refine the search results in the store (e.g. only see speakers that have Bluetooth technology).

  • sell personalised items.

Characteristics, properties and attributes: what’s the difference?
  • 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 Characteristics aren’t very flexible, they’re outdated and they’re gradually being replaced by properties.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.

  • 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.

1.1. Creating characteristic groups

There are two typical applications for characteristic groups. On the one hand, if you have lots of characteristics, then you can group them together so that it’s easier to keep track of them in your plentymarkets back end.

On the other hand, characteristic groups help you sell personalised items in your online store. You can use characteristic groups to sort the additional options and services that you offer under one heading.

Example: Group various trimmings

Imagine you sell wedding rings. Your customers can choose an optional gold or diamond trim for an additional fee. You can create a characteristic group called “Trim” to clearly display these options. Within this group, customers can choose the options “Gold trim” or “Diamond trim”.

Creating a new characteristic group:

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Characteristics.

  2. Click on the New characteristic group tab.

  3. Carry out the settings. Note Table 1.

  4. Save () the settings.

Table 1. Creating a new characteristic group
Setting Explanation

Name (internal)

Enter an internal name for the characteristic group. This name is only visible in the plentymarkets back end:

Language

Is your store available in multiple languages? Then choose a language version from the drop-down list.

Name

Enter a name for the characteristic group in the selected language. The name will be visible to customers in the online store.

Description

Enter a description for the characteristic group in the selected language.

Surcharges

Do you plan on offering extra services or options for an additional fee? If so, then decide whether the surcharge should be treated as a percentage or as a fixed price, e.g. 5% or 5 EUR.

Grouping of order characteristics (type: "none")

How many additional options or services should customers be able to choose from the group?

  • Single selection = Customers will see a drop-down list. They will be able to select one option only.

  • Multiple selection = Customers will see check boxes. They will be able to select multiple options.

Note: This option only applies to order characteristics of the type No.

OTTO characteristic group

If needed, link a characteristic group to OTTO. All of the characteristics in this group will be transferred to OTTO. All of the characteristics will be grouped into a SellingPoint .

  • None = No link to OTTO.

  • SellingPoint with group names = Link to OTTO. The name of the group will be transferred.

  • SellingPoint without group names = Link to OTTO. The name of the group will not be transferred.

1.2. Creating characteristics

Characteristics allow you to highlight a product’s features. For example, you might want to specify technical details like Bluetooth or WLAN. Or you might want to offer extra services and options for an additional fee.

Creating a new characteristic:

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Characteristics.

  2. Click on the New characteristic tab.

  3. Carry out the settings. Note Table 2.

  4. Save () the settings.

Table 2. Creating a new characteristic
Setting Explanation

Name (internal)

Enter an internal name for the characteristic. This name is only visible in the plentymarkets back end:

Webshop

Language

Is your store available in multiple languages? Then choose a language version from the drop-down list.

Name

Enter a name for the characteristic in the selected language. The name will be visible to customers in the online store.

Description

Enter a description for the characteristic in the selected language. The description will be displayed if you place the cursor on the characteristic.

Unit

Is the characteristic something like a weight or a length, e.g. HDMI cables that are longer than 10m? If so, then choose the appropriate unit.

Characteristic group

Should this characteristic be sorted into a specific group? If so, then select the group here.

Note: This drop-down list only includes characteristic groups that were already created.

Characteristic type

What sort of characteristic do you want to create? Choose this characteristic type from the drop-down list.

Note: Once you’ve linked the characteristic to an item, you’ll no longer be able to change the type.

Type What is the type useful for?

No

Customers will only see the name of the characteristic in your online store.

Whole number

Makes it possible to enter a whole number between -2,147,483,648 and 2,147,483,647.

  • Appropriate e.g. for specifying a weight or a length. For example, HDMI cables that are longer than 10m.

Decimal number

Makes it possible to enter a number with decimal places.

  • Appropriate e.g. for displaying measurements in the online store.

Text

As an order characteristic: allows customers, e.g. to enter a personal text that should be printed on a t-shirt.

Selection

As an order characteristic: allows customers, e.g. to choose whether their personal text should be printed in red, blue or black font.

Further options appear when you choose this type.

  1. Enter a name and description for the first possible choice, e.g. red font.

  2. Save () the characteristic.

  3. Scroll down in the window and enter a name and description for the second possible choice, e.g. blue font.

  4. Repeat the procedure until you’ve finished creating all of the different options.

File

As an order characteristic: allows customers, e.g. to upload an image that should be printed on a t-shirt.

Surcharge

Do you want to offer this characteristic for an additional fee? For example, surcharges can be used for:

  • Additional options and services that customers can choose while placing orders.

  • Deposits on glass bottles

Enter a value here if a surcharge is to be added for the characteristic. Surcharges will automatically be added to the item price in the detailed view of an item and in the order process. The value 0.00 is set by default, i.e. no surcharge will be calculated.

Display as additional costs

Select this option () if VAT should not be calculated for the surcharge that was entered.

One possible application is e.g. displaying bottle deposits, which are added to the item price without VAT. Characteristics that have this option selected will be displayed as separate items on invoices etc. These items will be displayed with the ID -2.

Position

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

Searchable

This option relates to the old Shopware connector. It is no longer relevant in most cases. Choose this option () if the characteristic should be found through the old Shopware connector.

Show

Where should the characteristic be displayed? Choose the areas () where your customers should see the characteristic and its surcharge (assuming one exists).

Order characteristic

Select this option () if customers should be allowed to personalise their orders. For example:

  • by entering a personal text that should be engraved.

  • by choosing optional services for an additional fee.

How exactly customers can personalise their orders depends on which type of characteristic you chose.

Note

Enter a note, for example to display specific information about the characteristic.

Characteristic links for markets and price comparison portals

Select the marketplace characteristic from the drop-down list. This links the characteristic with a characteristic on a marketplace like Amazon.

1.3. Linking characteristics to items

Have you finished creating your characteristics and sorting them into groups? Then you’re ready to link your characteristics to items.

For example, if you created a characteristic called “Bluetooth”, then next you would specify which of your products are equipped with Bluetooth.

Linking a characteristic with an item:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Search for and open the item.

  3. Click on the Characteristics tab. The screen is divided into two areas:

    • Characteristics that have already been linked to the item are displayed in the upper area called Characteristics,

    • Characteristics that have not yet been linked are displayed in the lower area called Activate further characteristics. Here, the characteristics are sorted into their groups.

  4. Expand the characteristic group in the lower area if needed () and select the characteristic ().

  5. Save () the settings.
    → The characteristic is now linked to the item and displayed in the upper area.

Linking a characteristic with multiple items

Use the item group function if you want to link several items at once.

Saving additional information

Depending on the scenario, it might be necessary to save additional information. For example, if the characteristic is something like a weight or a length, then it will be necessary to enter a numeric value.

  1. Carry out additional settings in the Characteristics tab. Note Table 3.

  2. Save () the settings.

Modifying the additional information for multiple items

Use the group function in the menu Setup » Item » Characteristics » Tab: Group function if you want to edit this information for several items at once.

  1. Select the characteristic’s language.

  2. Property selection: Choose the characteristic that you want to edit.

  3. Value to be changed: Enter the old value for the characteristic.

  4. New value: Enter the new value for the characteristic.

  5. When you save the settings, the characteristic value will be changed for all of the items that have this value.

2. Properties

This page explains properties that are used to characterise products.

But properties can also be used to characterise contacts or storage locations. Click on the links to learn more about these other use cases.

What are properties?

Some items stand out from the crowd. Be it a watch that is water resistant or a loudspeaker that has Bluetooth technology. In plentymarkets, such distinguishing features are called properties.

With the help of properties, for example, you can:

  • highlight the technical features of a product (e.g. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi).

  • set up filters in your online store. Your customers can then use these filters to refine the search results in the store (e.g. only see speakers that have Bluetooth technology).

Characteristics, properties and attributes: what’s the difference?
  • 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.

  • 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.

General procedure

  1. Create properties like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

  2. Edit the properties further. During this step, you’ll specify e.g. which marketplaces and online stores the property should be visible on.

  3. Group the properties if needed. This helps you to keep track of the properties in your plentymarkets back end.

  4. Link the properties to the appropriate variations. For example, link the Bluetooth property to your Bluetooth compliant products.

  5. If you want to create filters for your online store, then also follow the instructions for setting up the so-called faceted search.

Have you already started using the new catalogue tool to transmit your product data to a market like Amazon or OTTO? If so, then you can create properties directly within the catalogue assistant and link them to the marketplace.

Learn more using the Amazon catalogue assistant as an example.

2.1. Creating new properties

First, create the properties that you’ll use to characterise your products, e.g. Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Properties can be created manually, imported or created with the help of a catalogue assistant.

You can create up to 500 variation properties and link them to variations.

2.1.1. Manual creation

  1. Go to Setup » Settings » Properties » Configuration.
    → You will see an overview of the previously created properties.

  2. Click on Add property ().

  3. In the drop-down list Section, select the option Items.

  4. Carry out the additional settings. Note Table 4.

  5. Save () the settings.
    → The property is created and opened for further editing.

Table 4. Creating properties
Setting Explanation

Section

What do you want to use the property for? Choose the appropriate section from the drop-down list.

  • Items = Property will be used for items.

  • Contact = Property will be used for contacts.

  • Storage location = Property will be used for storage locations.

Note: This setting can no longer be changed once you’ve created the property.

Property type

What sort of property do you want to create? Choose this property type from the drop-down list.

Note: This setting can no longer be changed once you’ve created the property.

Type What is the type useful for?

None

The property’s name can be displayed in the online store. This is useful, e.g. to:

  • highlight the technical features of a variation (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi).

  • create online store filters (only include Bluetooth-capable products in the search results)

Date

A date can be displayed in the online store.

File

A file can be made available for the variation, e.g. assembly instructions.

Int

A whole number can be displayed in the online store.

  • Appropriate e.g. for specifying a weight or a length. For example, HDMI cables that are longer than 10m.

Float

A number with decimal places can be displayed in the online store.

  • Appropriate e.g. for displaying measurements in the online store. For example, a pitcher that holds 1.4 litres.

Long text

A text with formatting can be displayed in the online store.

  • Appropriate e.g. for creating variation-specific product descriptions.

Short text

A text without formatting can be displayed in the online store.

  • Appropriate e.g. for creating variation-specific product descriptions.

Selection

Creates a drop-down list with possible values. While linking the property to a variation, you’ll specify which one of the values applies to the variation.

Example of use:

  1. First you’ll create various levels of water resistance.

  2. Second you’ll specify the water resistance level for each variation.

  3. Third you’ll create online store filters, which allow your customers to search for variations with a specific water resistance level.

Multi selection

Creates a series of checkboxes. While linking the property to a variation, you’ll check all of the values that apply.

Example of use:

  1. First you’ll create various features. For example, if you sell books: first edition, author signature, rarity, collector’s edition.

  2. Second you’ll check all of the features that apply to the variation, e.g. a first edition that’s also signed.

  3. Third you’ll create online store filters, which allow your customers to search for variations with such features.

Name

Enter a name for the property in your plentymarkets system’s default language. This name can be made visible to customers in the online store. It depends on how you design the layout with ShopBuilder.

Note: Once you’ve created the property, you can save the name in further languages.

Description
(Currently not in use)

In the future, this option will allow you to display a description of the order property in the online store. But at the moment, it’s only possible to use order characteristics.

Group

Should this property be sorted into a specific group? If so, then select the group here.

Note: This drop-down list only includes property groups that were already created. Proceed as follows to create a new group:

  1. Click on Add property group ().

  2. Configure the settings for the group.
    → Once you’ve saved the group, you will automatically be taken back to this menu and the group will be pre-selected here.

Note: It would take a lot of time to manually select a group for every property. Instead, use the group function to add several properties to a group at once.

Position

Which property should be displayed first, second, third, etc? Enter a position number into this field. If a variation has multiple properties, then the properties will be displayed in the store in ascending order according to their position number.

2.1.2. Import

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

Use the Properties import type. The fields that you can use for mapping and matching are described on the page of the manual of the import type Properties.

2.1.3. Catalogue

Have you already started using the new catalogue tool to transmit your product data to a market like Amazon or OTTO? If so, then you can create properties directly within the catalogue assistant and link them to the marketplace.

Learn more using the Amazon catalogue assistant as an example.

2.2. Searching for existing properties

Previously created properties are displayed in an overview. You can use filters to narrow down the search results and only see the properties that meet specific criteria. You can combine as many search filters as you like.

Searching for properties:

  1. Go to Setup » Settings » Properties » Configuration.

  2. In the Filter view, enter the search term in the search field or set the filter options in the drop-down lists. Note Table 5.

  3. Click on Search ().
    → The properties that correspond to the search criteria entered are displayed.

  4. Click in the line of the property.
    → The detail view of the property opens.

Table 5. Filters for the properties
Setting Explanation

Starts the search. The properties found are listed in the overview.

Tip: Don’t choose any filters if you want to see all of the properties in the overview.

Resets the selected filter criteria.

ID

Enter an ID to search for the property with this exact ID.

Background info: Each property automatically receives a consecutive and unique ID when it is created.

Name

Enter a name to search for properties with this name. It’s also possible to search for parts of the name.

Example: By entering “start”, you would find properties called “starting date” and “starter pack”.

Language

Select a language to search for properties that have a name saved in this language.

Group

Select a group to search for properties that are part of this group.

  • Ungrouped = The search results include properties that are not assigned to any group.

  • Grouped = The search results include properties that are assigned to a group.

Note: This list only includes groups that have already been created. If you haven’t created any property groups yet, then you won’t see any group names here either.

Section

Select a section to search for properties that are used for this section.

Property type

Select a property type to search for properties with this type.

2.3. Editing existing properties

Once you’ve created a property, you can edit its settings further.

Editing a property:

  1. Go to Setup » Settings » Properties » Configuration.

  2. Search for and open the appropriate property.

  3. Edit the settings that are relevant for your situation.

  4. Save () the settings.

General

Table 6. Properties » Configuration » General
Setting Explanation

Details

ID

Each property automatically receives a consecutive and unique ID when it is created. This ID cannot be changed.

Section

The section that you chose while creating the property. This setting can no longer be changed.

Property type

The type that you chose while creating the property. This setting can no longer be changed.

Position

Which property should be displayed first, second, third, etc? Enter a position number into this field. If a variation has multiple properties, then the properties will be displayed in the store in ascending order according to their position number.

Options

Units

Is the property something like a weight or a length, e.g. HDMI cables that are longer than 10m? If so, then choose the appropriate unit.

Order property
(Currently not in use)

In the future, this option will allow you to create order properties. But at the moment, it’s only possible to use order characteristics.

In other words, currently it’s only possible to sell personalised items, rather than personalised variations. But our developers are working hard on a solution: order properties. Once they are released, it will be possible to sell personalised variations.

Display as additional costs
(Currently not in use)

In the future, this option will allow you e.g. to display deposit amounts. In other words, this option specifies that no VAT should be added to a surcharge.

At the moment, it’s only possible to implement such surcharges with characteristics.

Name

Language

Is your store available in multiple languages? Then choose a language version from the drop-down list.

Name

Enter a name for the property in the selected language. This name can be made visible to customers in the online store. It depends on how you design the layout with ShopBuilder.

Description
(Currently not in use)

In the future, this option will allow you to display a description of the order property in the online store. But at the moment, it’s only possible to use order characteristics.

Group

Group

Should this property be sorted into a specific group? If so, then select the group here.

Note: This drop-down list only includes property groups that were already created.

Note: It would take a lot of time to manually select a group for every property. Instead, use the group function to add several properties to a group at once.

Visibility

Table 7. Properties » Configuration » Visibility
Setting Explanation

Referrers

Which sales platforms should the property be visible on? Select () one or more referrers.

Note: The drop-down list only includes active referrers. So if you can’t find a specific market in the list, then open the menu Setup » Orders » Order referrer and make sure the market was activated ().

Clients

Should the property only apply to specific clients (stores)? If so, then select all of the stores () that this property should apply to.

Background info: With plentymarkets, you can manage several online stores, i.e. several clients, with only one software. Consequently, it is possible to manage several different areas of business with one plentymarkets system. That’s a great advantage. But it also means that you’ll always need to tell plentymarkets which online store the property applies to.

Display everywhere

Where should the property be displayed? Choose the areas () where your customers should see the property.

Values

Not visible for every type of property

You will only see this area if you are working with a property of the type Selection or Multi selection. This area is irrelevant for all of the other property types.

Here you’ll define the individual values that can be selected.

  1. Click on Add value ().

  2. Is your store available in multiple languages? Then choose a language version from the drop-down list.

  3. Enter a name and description for the value in the selected language.

  4. Save () the settings.
    → The value is created and displayed in the overview. The value automatically receives a consecutive and unique ID that cannot be changed.

Amazon

Here you can link the property with Amazon fields if needed. To do so, it is necessary to activate an Amazon referrer in the Visibility tab.

  1. Click on Add correlation ().

  2. Use the three drop-down lists to select the appropriate Amazon platform, category and field.

  3. Repeat the procedure if you want to link additional Amazon fields.

  4. Save () the settings.
    → The property is linked with the Amazon field and exported during the next item export.

2.4. Grouping properties

If you have lots of properties, then you can group them together so that it’s easier to keep track of them in your plentymarkets back end.

Example: grouping sales channels

Imagine you use some properties for the market Amazon and others for your online store. In this case, you could create one group called Amazon and another group called Store.

2.4.1. Creating groups

Creating a new property group:

  1. Go to Setup » Settings » Properties » Groups.

  2. Click on Add property group ().

  3. Carry out the settings. Note Table 8.

  4. Save () the settings.
    → The group is created and displayed in the overview. The group automatically receives a consecutive and unique ID that cannot be changed.

Table 8. Creating a new property group
Setting Explanation

Name

Enter a name for the property group in your plentymarkets system’s default language. This name can be made visible to customers in the online store. It depends on how you design the layout with ShopBuilder.

Note: Once you’ve created the property group, you can save the name in further languages.

Description
(Currently not in use)

In the future, this option will allow you to display a description of the order property group in the online store. But at the moment, it’s only possible to use order characteristic groups.

Position

Which property group should be displayed first, second, third, etc? Enter a position number into this field. If a variation has properties from multiple groups, then the groups will be displayed in the store in ascending order according to their position number.

Group type
(Currently not in use)

How many additional options or services should your customers be able to choose from the group?

  • None = Your customers will see the order properties in the online store. However, they will not be able to choose anything.

  • Select = Your customers will see a drop-down list in the online store. They will be able to select one option only from the list.

  • Multiselect = Your customers will see check boxes in the online store. They will be able to select multiple options.

Note: This option only applies to order properties of the type None.

Surcharge type

Do you plan on offering extra services or options for an additional fee? If so, then decide whether the surcharge should be treated as a percentage or as a fixed price, e.g. 5% or 5 EUR.

2.4.2. Assigning properties to a group

plentymarkets includes a function, which you can use to simultaneously assign multiple properties to a group.

Assigning properties to a group:

  1. Go to Setup » Settings » Properties » Configuration.

  2. Select the properties () that you want to assign to the group.

  3. Click on Assign property group ().
    → The property groups will appear.

  4. Select one or more property groups ().

  5. Click on Group function.
    → The selected properties will be assigned to the groups.

2.4.3. Deleting groups again

Previously created groups are displayed in the menu Setup » Settings » Properties » Groups. Groups can also be deleted here.

  1. Select the groups () that you want to delete.

  2. Click on Delete groups in the upper right corner.

  3. Confirm your decision.

Properties that are assigned to groups remain unaffected.

2.5. Linking properties with variations

Properties are linked in a different tab depending on their type

In the lower row of tabs, click on the tab Properties or Texts. Which tab depends on the property type.

Property type Where is the property linked?

Short text
Long text

Tab: Texts

None
Int
Float
Selection
Multi-selection
Date
File

Tab: Properties

2.5.1. Manual link

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Search for and open the variation.

  3. In the lower row of tabs, click on the tab Properties or Texts. Which tab depends on the property type.

  4. Click on the Properties field.
    → A drop-down list of available variation properties opens.

  5. Select the appropriate properties ().

  6. Click on Add ().
    → The properties will be added.

  7. If necessary, add additional information about the property.

  8. Save () the settings.

Inheritance

By default, properties and values are passed from the main variation to the sub-variations. If you want to use other properties for the sub-variations, then deactivate the inheritance function and then link the property.

Properties and values are inherited all together. You can inherit either all or none of the values.

Saving additional information

Depending on the scenario, it might be necessary to save additional information. For example:

  • If the property is something like a weight or a length, then it will be necessary to enter a numeric value.

  • If the property is a product description for a specific variation, then the text will need to be entered.

Setting Explanation

Tab: Properties

Name

Here you’ll see the property name. This is purely informative and cannot be changed here.

Type

Here you’ll see the property type. This is purely informative and cannot be changed here.

Appearance Meaning

empty

None

int

Int

float

Float

selection

Selection

multiSelection

Multi selection

date

Date

file

File

Note: How you will interact with the Value column depends on the property type.

Value

How you interact with this column depends on the property type.

Type Interaction

empty

No further action is necessary.

int

Enter the numerical value as a whole number, e.g. 350 centimetres.

Whole numbers between -2,147,483,648 and 2,147,483,647 are permitted.

float

Enter the numerical value as a decimal number, e.g. 3.5 metres.

8 places before and 4 places after the decimal point are permitted.

selection

Select the appropriate option from the drop-down list.

multiSelection

Check all of the appropriate options.

date

Click on the entry field and select the date from the calendar. Or manually enter the date in the following format: DD.MM.YY

file

Click on Upload files and upload the appropriate file.

Procedures

Click on Delete () to delete the property link. The property itself will not be deleted. It will simply be removed from the variation.

Inheritance logic: The following logic applies when you delete a property link:

  • Are you removing the property from a main variation? Then the property will also be removed from all of the sub-variations that had previously inherited this property.

  • Are you removing the property from a sub-variation for which the inheritance function was activated? Then the inheritance function will be deactivated. The remaining properties will no longer be inherited. Rather, they will be saved directly for the sub-variation.

Tab: Texts

Short text

Enter up to 65,535 characters of plain text.

Note: Your plentymarkets system’s default language is pre-selected. If you want to save the text in a different language, then choose this language from the drop-down list up top.

Text

Enter up to 65,535 characters of text. Format the text as needed. Choose your preferred editor from the drop-down list in the top right corner.

Note: Your plentymarkets system’s default language is pre-selected. If you want to save the text in a different language, then choose this language from the drop-down list up top.

Procedures

Click on Delete () to delete the property link. The property itself will not be deleted. It will simply be removed from the variation.

Inheritance logic: The following logic applies when you delete a property link:

  • Are you removing the property from a main variation? Then the property will also be removed from all of the sub-variations that had previously inherited this property.

  • Are you removing the property from a sub-variation for which the inheritance function was activated? Then the inheritance function will be deactivated. The remaining properties will no longer be inherited. Rather, they will be saved directly for the sub-variation.

2.5.2. Importing links

plentymarkets has an import tool, which you can use to import property links. The idea is simple. Rather than manually linking properties with variations, you’ll enter the same information into a CSV file and then import this file into your system.

Use the Item import type and the mapping fields under the heading Properties.

2.6. Displaying properties in the online store

How your properties are displayed in the Ceres store depends on how you configured the settings with ShopBuilder. This video provides a short demonstration (German only).

Displaying properties in the Ceres store

2.7. Exporting properties

Do you want to export property information out of your plentymarkets system? This is done in two steps:

  • First you’ll use the FormatDesigner to create a so-called data format.

    • Use the format type Properties if you want to export the actual properties and property groups.

    • Use the format type item along with the data fields VariationEigenschaften if you want to export the links between properties and variations.

  • In a second step, you’ll use the Elastic Export tool to export the data format that you just created.

2.8. Deleting properties

Previous created properties are displayed in the menu Setup » Settings » Properties » Configuration. Properties can also be deleted here.

  1. Select the properties () that you want to delete.

  2. Click on Delete in the upper right corner.

  3. Confirm your decision.
    → The selected properties are deleted and removed from the overview.

Even properties that are currently linked to variations can be deleted

It’s possible to delete properties, regardless whether they are currently linked to a variation or not. So think carefully before you delete properties. Make sure that you no longer need the property for any variations.

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