Specifications

A specification stores a single piece of product information. A product’s dimensions, color, weight, capacity, or almost any other attribute can be recorded as a specification. Specifications make it easy to present product information and simplify the process of comparing similar products.

Figure 1: Specifications are most visible on product display pages.

Figure 1: Specifications are most visible on product display pages.

To organize specifications and make them easy to display and maintain, the data are structured into three components: groups, labels and values.

A Specification Group is a container for specifications. Several specifications with common characteristics can be organized into a group. In the image above, Hardware is a group.

A Specification Label names a specification. In the image above, Display is a label.

A Specification Value provides product-specific information. In the image above, 1920x1080 is a value.

Figure 2: Specification groups and labels exist independently of products, but values do not.

Figure 2: Specification groups and labels exist independently of products, but values do not.

Specification Groups

Follow these steps to create a specification group:

  1. Go to Site MenuCommerceCatalog, open the Specifications tab and then the Specification Groups sub-tab.

  2. Then click the Add button and fill in the following fields:

Title: Give the group a name. Typically a group’s title will indicate what its labels have in common.

Description: If necessary, explain the group more fully.

Priority: Priority establishes the order to display the specification groups. Smallest numbers go first.

Key: A unique identifier for referring to this group programmatically. As this field is filled automatically, most users can safely leave it alone.

Once the form is complete, click Save.

Specification Labels

Follow these steps to create a specification label:

  1. Go to Site MenuCommerceCatalog, open the Specifications tab and then the Specification Labels sub-tab.

  2. Click on the Add button and fill in the following fields:

Title: Give the label a name that describes the values that may be assigned to it.

Description: If necessary, explain the label more fully.

Use in faceted navigation: Check this box to make search results filterable for this specification.

Specification Group: Pick the group to which this label belongs. This is optional and can be overridden at the product level where specification values are defined (see below for details).

Click Save. The label has been created, but assigning a value to it must be done on the product level.

Specification Values

Specification values are more limited in scope than groups and labels. Groups and labels are scoped to the catalog, which means that once they are created, they can be assigned to any product in the catalog. Values, however, are scoped to the product, and have no impact anywhere but on the product to which they are assigned.

To create a specification label, you must first assign a label to a product.

  1. Go to Site MenuCatalog, select a product, and click on the Specifications tab.

    Click on the Specifications tab in the product tab menu.-

  2. Click on the Add button and select from the list of specification labels that is displayed. Click Add to close the pop-up. This assigns the selected labels to the product.

Next, edit the label to give it a value.

  1. Click on the Options button next to the new label and hit Edit.

  2. Enter a value. For example, if your label is Material, then the value should describe what the product is made of: polymer, ceramic, or stainless steel.

  3. Set the priority and hit Save.

If you want, you can also override the specification group that was selected when the label was created. When editing the label to assign a value, you can choose any group from the Group drop-down box. This change applies only to the current product—it has no effect on any other products which use the same label.

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