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.
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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:
- Navigate to 'Settings' in the top menu.
- The Settings area will automatically open in the 'Attributes' tab. If not, you may not have permissions to manage attributes.
- Click the 'Create an attribute' button in the top left corner.
- This will load the attribute creation screen.
- 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.
Choose the attribute type you want to create.
If you select a 'Short Text' or 'Paragraph' type attribute, you'll have the option of setting a character limit for the attribute value.
- 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:
- '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.
⚠️ 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:
- Go to 'Settings' in the top menu.
- Find the attribute you want to edit by scrolling or using the search bar.
- Click on the 'Name' of the attribute to modify the name.
To modify attribute options:
- From the 'Attributes' area of the 'Settings' tab, find the attribute you want to edit.
- Click on the pencil icon.
- Modify your attribute options as desired and click 'Save Attribute'.
⚠️ If you remove attribute options, you also remove them all over the PIM.
Deleting an Attribute
To delete an attribute:
- Go to 'Settings' in the top menu.
- Select the attribute you want to delete.
- Click the 'Delete' button that appears at the top of the table.
- Confirm your deletion by typing "DELETE" and clicking '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:
- Go to 'Settings' in the top menu
- In the 'Product Attributes' area, find the attribute you want to see in use
- Hover over the attribute to reveal the 'See Locations' icon
- Click the icon to show everywhere this attribute is used
You can click on the different sections to be taken to the Product, Channel, E-Catalog, or PDF Template where the attribute is used.
- Learn how to organize your attributes by group
- Learn about adding content to your products
- Learn how to use attribute filters to find information
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