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Types of Products

Products are means of selling access to content, whether it be a user grouping, protected folder, or newsletter.

Products can be assigned to registration forms, which requires that a user buy to register, or can be purchased directly through the cart catalog. If used in combination with a subscription product, this allows you to sell subscriptions to your website.

Creating a Product

To create a product, from the admin control panel:

  1. Click on "Cart » Products"
  2. Click on "New"

Types of Products

Product TypeDescription
Single-Purchase ProductA one-time purchase.
Subscription ProductA subscription product will charge a user at a regular interval.
Trial ProductA trial product is a subscription product that charges the user a one-time price (which can be free) for an initial timeframe, and then starts charge a regular subscriptions.

Product Settings

SettingDescription
NameName of the product.
Short DescriptionShort description used in the cart catalog.
Long DescriptionLonger description that can include HTML. This is used on the "View Product" page.
PricePrice of the product. For trial products, this is the price the user will be charged after the initial trial period.
Tax ClassDetermines whether a tax class is applicable to this product.
Exclude From CatalogIf checked, this product will not appear in the cart catalog.
Max Per CartLimits how many of this product a user can have in their cart at any time.
Subscription Product Options
Recurring TimeframeThe interval at which a user will be charged for his/her subscription. Click here for information on timeframes.
Max RenewalsTells the program how many times to charge a subscription before marking it as "Complete". So if you set this to "5", the program will charge the product initially once, and then charge it 5 more times before stopping the subscription.
Trial ProductDetermines whether this subscription product should have an initial "trial" period.
Trial PriceThe initial price to charge for the "trial" period.
Trial LengthThe trial period length. If set to "MM = 01", the user will be charged Trial Price once, and then 1 month later, the Price will start charging at the regular Recurring Timeframe interval.
Product Attributes
LimitWhen the program renders the product page, if there are attribute products associated with this primary product, this setting tells the program whether to allow users to select multiple attribute products or limit users to one selection. If you are creating an attribute product, this setting controls whether a user can add more than 1 (quantity) of the product to his/her cart, or whether he/she is limited to only 1 quantity.
Product Specifications
CategoryCorresponds to the cart category in which this product will be classified.
Image 1The primary image for this product. Appears in the cart catalog as the product's thumbnail. Note that the program does not resize images, so size them to fit. You can however force the program to resize thumbnails using the $force_img_width and $force_img_height variables on the catalog.php file.
Image 2-3Additional images that appear on the product page.
Physical Product?If you set a product up as a physical product, the user will be required to input shipping information at checkout. The product will also become eligible for shipping considerations.
Stock QtyPhysical Products Only
The total number of this product currently in stock. The program will automatically reduce stock numbers as the product is purchased through the cart.
WeightPhysical Products Only
The weight of the product. Enter in the unit of measurement you plan on shipping in.
OrderSets the location this product will appear in the cart catalog within it's category. A low number will appear before a higher number.

Content Access Grantors

When creating a product, you have the option to select protected folders, user groupings, and newsletters which will be added to the users account using a scheduled expiration.

In the case of a subscription product, access to the content will renew for as long as the subscription is active.

Volume Discounting

Volume discounting allows you to establish pricing "tiers". Each tier can have its own discounted rate. If a user adds a quantity of the product that falls within a tier, all of the units added will receive the discount.

Note that you do not have to create a tier for full price. Only create tiers if you plan on discounting larger volumes of a product.

Example

Presume you have a product that costs $100 at full price. You then set up the following volume tiers:

Qty LowQty HighDiscount %
51010
101515
152020
20999930

Now presume the user adds the following quantity of the product into his/her cart:

Qty AddedTotal PriceApplicable Tier
4$400-
5$4505-10
7$6305-10
10$85010-15

Notice how the low number is used by the program to determine the tier, meaning that the high number is not inclusive.

Deprecated Products

If you wish to stop selling a product, but you do not want to delete it (as this would remove the product reference in your sales logs), you can deprecate it instead.

A deprecated product will not appear in the cart catalog and can never be purchased. However it remains in the database to make statistics and sales logs more accurate.

Deprecating Products

To deprecate a product, from your admin control panel:

  1. Click on "Cart » Products"
  2. Tick the checkbox of all products that you want to deprecate
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Deprecate Product(s)"

Viewing Deprecated Products

To view a deprecated product, from the admin control panel:

  1. Click on "Cart » Products"
  2. Click on "Show Filters [+]"
  3. Tick the "Deprecated Products" checkbox
  4. Click "Sort"