Creating and Managing Product Attributes

Learn what attributes are, and how to create and use them in Plytix

Product Attributes are fields that hold your product information in Plytix. These are the building blocks for your product content. Other systems may call these properties, values, or fields.

In this article, we will teach you how to create and manage custom product attributes in Plytix.

Creating a new attribute

Editing attribute options

Renaming and Modifying existing attributes

Deleting attributes

See attributes in use


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Creating a New Attribute

There are two ways to create new attributes, either from Settings or upon import. To learn how to create attributes upon import click here.


Create a new attribute from Settings:

  1. Navigate to 'Settings' in the top menu.
  2. The Settings area will automatically open in the 'Attributes' tab. If not, you may not have permissions to manage attributes.
  3. Click the 'Create an attribute' button in the top left corner.

    Settings - Attributes
  4. This will load the attribute creation screen.Create an attribute by adding details and selecting an attribute type.
  5. Type a name for your attribute and the label will be created automatically. You may also choose to add a description to help other users of your account understand what kind of information this attribute holds.
    Name your attribute and, optionally, add a description.
  6. Choose the attribute type you want to create.

    Select one of thirteen attribute types depending on the kind of information you want it to store.

  7. If you select a 'Short Text' or 'Paragraph' type attribute, you'll have the option of setting a character limit for the attribute value. 

    If you choose the short text or paragraph attribute type, you can also set a character limit.

  8. Once you have finished, you click 'Create Attribute'. If you want to create multiple attributes in a row, click the 'Create another' switch to start the process over again.


⚠️ In order to keep your data clean and simple, it's not possible to create an attribute with the same name as an already existing one. 

ℹ️ Labels will be automatically generated by the system based on the attribute name. So if your attribute name is "Product Description" the label will become "product_description". Labels cannot be edited after creation.




Editing Attribute Options

There are 3 attribute types that have options associated with them: Dropdown, Multi-select, and Completeness attributes.

Dropdown and Multi-select Options

These attribute types require you to define the different selectable options that will appear in the PIM. If you select one of these attributes, you will see the following options:

With dropdown and multiselect attributes, you can choose to sort options and allow or restrict adding options on import.

  • 'Sort Options By' will determine how your options appear in the PIM.
    You can choose to sort them by 'Name' (alphabetically, choose ascending or descending) or create your own 'Manual order' via drag and drop.
  • 'Add options on import' lets you restrict the options one can add upon import for your dropdown or multi-select attributes. When you 'Restrict' this option, users will not be able to import any options besides those already established in the system. 

To add new options, write in the space provided and click '+ Add option" to apply a single option and then add a new one.

Add options to a dropdown by typing the new option in the text box and clicking 'add option.'

⚠️ Options are case-sensitive. Be careful with options to avoid creating the same Dropdown or Multi-select attribute, i.e. "Blue" and "blue".

💡Try restricting the ability to add options on import for more consistent, sanitized data in your Dropdown or Mulit-select attributes. Learn more about restricting your Dropdown or Multi-select attributes here.



Renaming and Modifying Existing Attributes

All attributes can be modified after creation. Elements you can change are: the name and the attribute options.

To edit an attribute name:

  1. Go to 'Settings' in the top menu.
  2. Find the attribute you want to edit by scrolling or using the search bar.
  3. Click on the 'Name' of the attribute to modify the name.
Hit enter.
You can rename an attribute by clicking on its name, typing a new name, and hitting enter.To modify attribute options:

  1. From the 'Attributes' area of the 'Settings' tab, find the attribute you want to edit.
  2. Click on the pencil icon.
  3.  Modify your attribute options as desired and click 'Save Attribute'. Edit an attribute by clicking on the 'edit attribute' icon that appears when you hover over the attribute name.

⚠️ If you remove attribute options, you also remove them all over the PIM.




Deleting an Attribute

To delete an attribute:

  1. Go to 'Settings' in the top menu.
  2. Select the attribute you want to delete.
  3. Click the 'Delete' button that appears at the top of the table.To delete an attribute, select it and click on the delete button that appears at the top.
  4. Confirm your deletion by typing "DELETE" and clicking 'Yes, delete now'.

Confirm deletion by typing "DELETE" and selecting 'Yes, delete now.'


⚠️  Attributes cannot be deleted if they are used in Channels, E-Catalogs, or PDF Templates. 




Attributes in Use

In Plytix, you can see the locations where each attribute is used. 

To see attributes in use: 

  1. Go to 'Settings' in the top menu
  2. In the 'Product Attributes' area, find the attribute you want to see in use
  3. Hover over the attribute to reveal the 'See Locations' icon

    You can see specific locations where each attribute is used in Plytix by clicking on the 'see locations' icon.
  4. Click the icon to show everywhere this attribute is used

The locations screen shows you the products, channels, brand portals and product sheets where an attribute is in use.

You can click on the different sections to be taken to the Product, Channel, E-Catalog, or PDF Template where the attribute is used. 



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