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Connecting products to an e-commerce system
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You can connect PIM products to storefront products by using product links. In this article, you will learn how to create and test them.
A product link is a connection between a Customer's Canvas product and a storefront product. It may be a custom storefront product or an e-commerce storefront product. To learn more about integration types, read the Customer's Canvas integrations section.
A product link passes options and option values to storefront. You can manually manage what options and option values will be included. This allows you to change the content of your storefront product.
Let's see an example.
Imagine that your product is a T-shirt, and you have the following options and option values:
If blue and yellow T-shirts are out of stock right now, you may want to show only red T-shirts.
In this case, you will only include
Ruby colors. As a result, your storefront will only offer
Containing several product links
You may create several product links in one product. In this case, they will be connected to different storefront products.
Let's see an example, when you created a T-shirt product in Customer's Canvas and have the
Red T-shirt, the
Blue T-shirt, and the
Yellow T-shirt products in your storefront.
You may connect your BackOffice product to your storefront products by different product links.
In each product link, you include corresponding options and values. Let's see the included options for each product link.
A product link for
Red t-shirtwill include
A product link for
Blue t-shirtwill include
A product link for
Yellow t-shirtwill include
As a result, each storefront product will display only included values from a connected product link.
Now let's consider how to create a product link.
The Links tab
To see your product links, go to your product and select the Links tab. Here you can see all the links to this product.
Link name. This is the name of a product link. This name only appears in Customer's Canvas, you can't see it on your storefront.
Storefront. This is the name of your integration. To create an integration, read Customer's Canvas integrations section.
Storefront Product. This is the name of your storefront product. If you have a custom integration, it will be an ID of your product. If you have an e-commerce integration, it will be the name of a storefront product in a drop-down list.
Let's consider how you can manipulate product links.
Manipulating product links
You can search and delete product links.
Searching product links
You can search for a product by Link name, Storefront, and Storefront Product.
Deleting product links
To delete a product link, click the ellipsis and select Delete.
Adding a product link
To add a new product link, click Add link. In the Edit link dialog box, insert the following fields.
Storefront. In this drop-down list, you can select a storefront integrated to your BackOffice tenant.
Storefront Product. Here you can insert the ID of your storefront product or select a product from your e-commerce storefront.
Link name. Here you can insert a name for the link. This name will appear in the Links tab with the list of all your product links. This name isn't displayed in storefronts.
Description. Here you can add a description for this product link. It is displayed in Customer's Canvas only.
Image. You can upload an image for this product link. It is displayed in Customer's Canvas only.
Options and values. Here you can manage options and values. Let's consider them in detail.
Default and include
You can manage options and values in a product link. You may include values in this product link and select the default value.
Default. Here, you define what options will be preselected when a page loads.
Include. Here, you can select what values will be available in this product link.
If you select only one value in an option, this option won't be displayed in a page, and this value will be preselected when a page loads.
Let's see how you can fix issues in a product link.
Fixing missing values
If you change options and values in your product, you can't save the changes without fixing a product link. In the Links tab, you will see a warning sign at a product link.
For fixing missing values, click the ellipsis and select Edit. In the Edit link dialog box, you can see a warning sign near the deleted option. Click Fix missing values to delete an option.
You can test how your product link will look to customers. This feature is called a preview. In the preview, you can see your personalization process as a customer.
You can see a preview by two ways:
- Go to the Products list, click ellipsis in the product row, hover over Preview and select a product link. In this example, the link is My link name.
- In the Links tab, click ellipsis in the product link row and then click Preview.
Now, your products are on the storefront, and you only need to define their SKU.