The Inventory Tab



This section deals specifically with the component details.



The Inventory tab allows you to enter component details into the store. This information is used to generate the pages of your store and to work out shipping costs.

Not all fields on the Inventory tab will be visible to the user. The way the components are dispayed on the web page can be changed in the Layout Tab, however the default layout is as below:



The fields in the Inventory tab are:

Field: Description:
Product Code Each product must have a unique code. The code is required by the shopping cart software, and may be arbitrary. The code does not appear on the web page. The product code will be displayed on itemized invoices and orders. This field is substituted for the $CODE variable in the layout template.
Title The title of a category, or product, as it will appear in your store's navigation tree. For best results, use a short, descriptive name. The full title can be entered in the 'Page Title' field below.
Page Title A full descriptive title of the component. The title will become the heading of the page as shown in the image above. In the layout template file, this field is substituted for the $PAGETITLE variable. Note: If left blank, the Category/Product Title field above becomes the page title.
Filename The name of the HTML file that will correspond to the current category or product. When eComm creates your store, each component becomes a separate HTML file eg: http://www.mystore.com/filename.htm where filename.htm is specified in this field. In the layout template, this field is substituted for the $FILENAME variable.
Template Each category and product, has an associated layout template. This is a HTML file with embedded substitution $VARIABLES, that determines the overall appearance of each store page. For information on how to change the template, see the Template Tab section of the manual.
Meta Description A brief description of the category or product. From the description, eComm will generate a description META tag. This tag is used by search engines when indexing your web site. Tip: Keep the description brief, with the most important information in the first few lines. This field is substituted for the $META_DESCRIPTION variable in the layout template.
Meta Keywords A comma separated list of keywords or phrases, that best describe the category or product. eComm will generate a META tag from these keywords. META tags are used by search engines to index web pages. Tip: The most relevant keywords should always come first and try the KeywordDiscovery.com keyword research tool to find out what keywords to target. This field is substituted for the $META_KEYWORDS variable in the layout template.
Color The color of your product.This field can be changed to accept any other values. eg. Material type, flavor, length, etc
Size The size of your product.This field can be changed to accept any other values. eg. Material type, flavor, length, etc.
Image The URL (or filename) of a thumbnail image for the current product or category. This field is substituted for the $IMAGE variable in the layout template. Note: Local image files are copied to the ../images directory during build.
Links To The destination URL or filename. Clicking on a thumbnail image (defined in the above field), will open the specified destination URL or file. Usually this will be a larger picture of the product or category. The link can be a web page, or a link to another image file. This field is substituted for the $LINK variable in the layout template. Note: Local image files are copied to the ../images directory during build.
Cost The unit sale price of the product. Note: Currency symbols are ignored, and must be entered in the template file. This field is substituted for the $COST variable in the layout template
Weight The weight of a product. The freight calculation is based on the total weight of an order. Note: The weight can be in any unit of measurement, provided the same units are also used in the freight tables. This field is substituted for the $WEIGHT variable in the layout template.
Freight Some products may incur additional freight charges, either due to insurance, or special packaging requirements. Such products can have an associated freight surcharge. The surcharge is added on top of the final freight cost. This field is substituted for the $FREIGHT variable in the layout template.
Tax The % of tax applied to this item.
Description A description of the component. The description appears as shown in the above image.
Label Each of the six custom fields can have a Label. The labels can be in plain text, or use HTML. These fields are substituted for the $LABEL1, $LABEL2, $LABEL3, $LABEL4, $LABEL5 and $LABEL6 variables in the layout template. A typical use for the label fields is to hold information such a the manufacturer name, dimensions, weight etc. eg. The label field may be used to display the label "Manufacturer Name" and the manufacturer name entered in the corresponding value field (see below). They appear on the web page as shown in the above image.
Value The value fields can have any value, including HTML. These fields are substituted for the $FIELD1, $FIELD2, $FIELD3, $FIELD4, $FIELD5 and $FIELD6 variables in the layout template.