Product custom fields without stock control

Written by Valérie Isaksen on . Posted in Product creation

Custom Fields without stock control can be either with no Cart Attribute, or with Cart Attribute.

Custom Fields without Cart Input

Custom fields with no Cart Attribute are the same as product types in VM1.

When created with No Cart Attribute option, custom fields can be used to give an identical description of a set of products. For example for books, you may wish to always give the following description:

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419702238
ISBN-13: 978-1419702235

How to do it?

  1. Go in Products > Custom Fields, and click on the "New" button
  2. Select the Custom Field Type: String, Boolean, Date, Time, Image
  3. and fill the Title, Description, Default, Tooltip.
  4. Set the parameter Cart Attribute to "Yes", if it should be also displayed in the cart, else "No"
  5. Save your custom field
  6. Go in the Products > Products, and click on the product you whish to add this custom field
  7. Go on the Custom Field tab, and in the Custom Field Type area, select the custom Field you just created. The custom field is automatically added; Fill in the value.
  8. Save your product

Go on the front end, you will see the custom field displayed in your product details.

Custom Field with Cart Input

Custom fields with no Cart Attribute are the same as the attribute list in VM1.

Custom Field with Cart Attribute allows you to add some options to a product that can modify the product price. For example, you may wish to sell a book , or the downladable version of it. And the price is different in both case.

How to do it?

  1. Go in Products > Custom Fields, and click on the "New" button
  2. Select the Custom Field Type, and fill the Title, Description, Default, Tooltip.
  3. Set the parameter Cart Input to "Yes"
  4. Save your custom field
  5. Go in the Products > Products, and click on the product you whish to add this custom field
  6. Go on the Custom Field tab, and in the Custom Field Type area, select the custom Field you just created. The custom field is automatically added; A colum Price has been added. You can specify 0 if the option is free, or the amount of this option.
  7. add more custom fields of the same type to create a selectable list. 
  8. Save your product

Go on the front end, you will see those custom fields above the "Add to Cart" button. When the product is added to the cart, the selected options are in the cart too.

 Custom Field with list

Custom fields with the attribute "is list" are displayed as list, use comma seperated values in the "Default value" field. If "cart input" is selected, then it creates directly a selectable list as variant. You can even use language keys for multilingual stores.
When the list type "As Adminlist" is selected, then the list is available as dropdown in the product edit and displays the selected value in the frontend. 

It is even possible to use custom fields with "As Adminlist" and "cart input" to create new selectable list, and any option is selectable by a dropdown. This feature reduces typos a lot.

Medias

In general medias behave like Strings, they are just displayed as radiolists by default. The new options give the possibility to switch this behaviour.