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Creating and Managing Product Variants with Product Families 2

How to create variants for products that come in different sizes, colors, or other criteria, and manage which

In this article, we will show you what variants are in Plytix, how to set them up, and how to send updates from parent products to variants.


What Are Product Variants?

Creating Variants

Resyncing Variants

Unlinking Variants


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Product Variants

Variants are the specific versions of a "parent product" that your customers can buy. You can think of the parent product as a sort of generic blueprint for products that are the same, aside from varying by size, color, model, or other attributes. The benefit of using product variants is that: 

  • You have a built-in relationship between products that better organizes your information
  • Changes made to the parent product automatically appear on all variants

Creating variants

There are two ways to add new variants to parent products: 

  1. Via import 
  2. Within a product detail page -- see below

How to add variants from a product details page:

  1. Navigate to the product that will be the "parent."
  2. Click the 'Variants' tab to manage variants of the product. 

    You can add variants to a product from the 'Variants' tab of a product detail page.

  3. Click the 'Add a Variant' button. If you already have at least one variant linked to a product, it will appear on the top left of the 'Variants' tab, above the "SKU" column. 

  4. From here you can: 

    1. Create a new product as a variant (screenshot to be updated-- button will say 'Create' instead of 'Next' in the future) Create a new product as a variant by giving it a unique SKU and a label.

    2. Link an existing single product from the same Product Family.You can also add a variant to a product by linking an existing product.

  5. Finally, you'll be asked to check a box to acknowledge that linking existing products will make them variants of the selected product. This means they will inherit values from the parent product, which could result in data loss depending on the model you select. 
    When you add an existing product as a variant, you'll have to tick the box to confirm that the action could result in data loss.

  6. Finish the variant creation process by clicking 'Add variant.' You'll see that the variant now appears in the 'Variants' tab of the product detail page. After adding a variant to a parent product, it will appear in the 'Variants' tab.

  7. If you wish to link additional variants to the same product, click '+ Add variant' to repeat the process outlined above.You can use the 'Add variant' button to add additional variants to the same product as needed.


💡 If you want to link existing products as variants, make sure they're single products in the same family as your intended parent product. 

ℹī¸ You can have up to 300 variants per parent product.


Resyncing Variants

If your variants contain overwritten attributes that you want to populate with information from their parent product, you can do this using the 'Resync' button.

If your variants contain overwritten attributes that you want to populate with information from their parent product, you can do this using the 'Resync' button. 

  1. Select the attribute values that you want to sync from the parent product to the selected variants. Then click 'Next.'To resync variants with parent attributes, choose which attributes to resync.
  2. Check the box to acknowledge that attribute values held on the variant level will be replaced by parent values for the selected attributes. 
    Tick the box to confirm that resyncing will restore overwritten attributes with inherited attributes from the parent product.

3. Attributes that have been resynced will no longer appear as "Overwritten" on variant products. 


Unlinking variants

If you have created a variant within Plytix that you want to unlink so that it becomes a single product, you can select the variant in the 'Variants' tab of a product detail page and click 'Unlink.'

To unlink a variant product, simply select it from the 'Variants' tab of the parent product and select 'Unlink.'

You'll be asked to acknowledge that the data from inherited attributes will be lost in this process before you confirm unlinking. 

Confirm that unlinking a variant from a parent product could cause data loss.

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