Custom Products

IndieCommerce - Sidelines and Non-Books

Get up to speed on the latest features and strategies for selling sidelines and other non-book inventory on your website. We'll cover an easy-to-use feature that adds tens of thousands of gift & game products from Ingram, how to bulk upload your own unique products, and how to integrate non-book products with LSI, so you can combine stock and pricing updates for books and sidelines in a single upload from your POS system.

Bulk Upload of Images

This option is best suited for stores with a very large number of images to upload—25 or more.  For smaller numbers of images, it's easier to simply edit products one by one and upload the image that way.

Steps to bulk upload your images

  • Gather your images from your camera/the web/your vendor or distributor, etc.

Store Books: Used Books, Signed Books, etc.

This module allows stores to create 'store books', which are custom products that refer to new books available through Ingram but may be different from them. For example, they may represent used copies, signed copies, or unique editions.

REQUIRED READING

Before using this system, it's important to be up on the basics of custom products. If you've never created a custom product class before, please see the help documentation on BookWeb.org:

Bulk Importer: Importing Attributes

Note: Adjusted SKUs are not compatible with LSI for custom products.  If you plan to use LSI for custom products, do not use this feature.

Use this workflow to extend your custom products with attributes and options, creating product variations customers can choose from when they add the product to their cart.

COLUMNS

Bulk Upload of Used Books and Signed Copies

This webinar will lead booksellers through the IndieCommerce 'Store Books' feature:

  • What is a 'Store Book'?
  • How are 'Store Books' different from LSI?
  • How to add a 'Store Book' manually
  • About the 'Store Book' content type
  • Bulk Upload Store Books

Bulk Upload of Custom Products

This webinar will lead booksellers through the basics of using the ABA Product Importer module:

  • What is the feature for
  • How is it different from LSI
  • What are the 4 stages
  • Brief review of product classes
  • What are staging tables
  • Demo of the feature

Bulk Importer

BULK IMPORTER

Welcome to the IndieCommerce custom product bulk importer! This system is designed to help you create and manage a large number of custom products on your IndieCommerce website.

REQUIRED READING

Before using this system, it's important to be up on the basics of custom products. If you've never created a custom product class before, please see the help documentation on BookWeb.org:

Membership Subscriptions

CREATE A NEW PRODUCT CLASS

Navigate to: Store > Products > Manage Classes

  1. Fill in the ‘Add a Class’ form:
    • Enter the Class ID - Example: subscription services
    • Class Name - Example: Subscription Services
    • Description is optional
  2. Select ‘Save’ at the bottom of the page.  

You have now created the product class.

Authoring information is always set to be displayed on new product classes.

jCarousel

A collection of book cover images or custom product images can be displayed in the form of a carousel. In Drupal, a carousel is a type of ‘view’. The jCarousel module is enabled upon request. If you wish to create a carousel on your site, please contact us with a request to enable the JCarousel module.

Stock

The ‘Stock’ module provides a basic stock tracking system for custom products. Store admins can set the stock level and a threshold for each product SKU. When the stock has decremented to the threshold value an email can be sent to the store admin. When the stock is depleted, the ‘Add to Cart’ button will be replaced with an ‘Out of Stock’ button. The stock count will be decremented as customers make purchases.

Conditional Attributes

Here is one example of how this feature might work on your website. A customer buys a custom product and would like to give it as a gift and include a gift message. On the custom product page, the customer is asked: "Is this a gift". If they select "Yes", a message dialog box would open for the customer to enter their gift message. If they don't select "Yes", the message dialog box would remain closed.

Custom Products

This webinar covers topics related to custom products on your IndieCommerce website and included the following:

  • Custom Product Classes and Custom Products
  • Attributes and Options
  • Shipping, payment options and taxes for custom products
  • 'Stock' and 'Variable Price' with custom products

 

Simple Product Views

If you followed the instructions in “Creating Custom Products” to create your own product classes and products of those classes, you are now ready to create a view to display them.

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