Shopify Configurators host common details of listings such as listing type, return policy, payment methods, shipping info, attributes, categories etc. In addition, Linnworks makes use of multiple product descriptions, pricing, and titles defined in the system.
Table of contents:
Creating Shopify Configurator
To create a Shopify configurator:
- Go to Settings > Others > select Shopify in the drop-down menu
- Click +Add New button
- In the configurator wizard screen add the following details:
- Configurator Name: enter a name for the configurator for your own convenience. The configurator name can help differentiate between certain groups of items as the same configurator can be used to create listings for similar items
- Channel: select the Shopify account that this configurator will use when creating new listings
- Click Finish
The configurator is now created and you can configure other settings.
Editing Shopify Configurator
When configurator is created make sure that you have configured all the sections. Below you will find a detailed guide for each of them
In the Custom Collections window, you can select those collections that you wish to use for this configurator. The number on the button will stand for the number of collections that you have selected.
Collections have to be set up in the Shopify back-end before they will appear in the Custom Collections list via Products > Collections.
If there are any changes to the list of collections on Shopify, the configurator will need to be refreshed - click Settings > Refresh Collections to download updated collections from your channel. This will take a few seconds.
Please Note! A smart collection will not be visible in a configurator and therefore can not be set via Linnworks. Items are added to smart collections automatically by Shopify based on the conditions that are specified on Shopify back-end.
The Custom Collections screen is divided into three parts:
- Available collections: all collections that you have created on the channel will be available here. Select collections that you wish to use for this configurator by clicking the + button.
- Selected collections: every listing created via this configurator will be able to use collections from this table. Tick any collection as Default if you wish to use a certain collection every time for this configurator.
- General Settings: collection can be mapped through the extended property of the item. You can select several collections from the drop-down menu.
In the Description window contains all necessary HTML for the design of the Shopify listing, you can add and edit the HTML description that will be used for listings created via this configurator. A detailed guide is here.
In the Attributes column select those attributes that you wish to use for this configurator. The number on the button in the Shopify Configurators screen will stand for the number of attributes that you have selected.
There are four attributes that are required by Shopify and must be present on the listing (marked with a red "i" icon), the rest are optional. The list of Shopify attributes you can check here.
The Attributes section consists of two parts:
- Available attributes: preset attributes from the Shopify back-end that you wish to use for this configurator by clicking the + button.
- Selected attributes: every listing created via this configurator will be able to use attributes from this table. When selected, you can specify where Linnworks should pick the information up from - the extended property of the item or from the Default Value column in this screen.
Supplying the attribute values will update them within the details of every item on Shopify.
The Is Variation setting
Tick this box for the attribute that you need to be visible in the child item information on the listing. For example, if you tick it for the material attribute then when selecting a child item (it can be a T-shirt of a particular colour and size), this attribute will be visible in the description of this specific T-shirt and not just parent item.
Shopify allows creating additional custom fields to store information for products, you can find more information on this here. You can specify meta fields via the Linnworks configurator and send them to Shopify.
To create meta field, click the +Add New button > type a Namespace, Key and Value > click +Add:
- Namespace: a category or container that differentiates your metadata from other meta fields.
- Key: the name of the meta field.
- Value: the content of the meta field. In most cases, the value is what will be displayed on the storefront.
From the Extended Property drop-down box select the extended property that should be used in the template. If, for some reason, any of the variation child items will not have that extended property, use the Default Value cell to add a generic value for such items.
Variations (only for variation listings)
To create a variation listing, you need to have a variation-compatible configurator that has variation attribute(s) added to the Variations column. As an example, it can be colour, size or condition, so each variation child item will have its own value that will be available in a drop-down menu on the listing.
To add a variation attribute, click the +Add New button > type a name of the attribute > click +Add. From the Extended Property drop-down box select the extended property that should be used in the template. If, for some reason, any of the variation child items will not have that extended property, use the Default Value cell to add a generic value for such items.
If you want to display images on the listing from the main item only and keep all other images disabled, please tick the Use main item images only box. Otherwise, each child item will have its own image.
Once all the above is set, you can proceed to the My Inventory screen to create listings.