There are several ways to manage products on your ESP Website. You can create:
- Product Collections
A product collection is a group of specific items in a single location. As the websites admin, you are able to select exactly which products are included in a product collection. There are also global product collections, which are groups of products with a centralized theme provided by ASI. ASI will manage and maintain the product information in these collections.
- Product of the Day
The Product of the Day feature enables you to create a schedule to feature an individual product on your site. As the website admin, you are able to set a specific amount of time for the product using the Product of the Day cshedules. You can also choose to have the system choose a Product of the Day automatically, meaning that ASI will select a product to be featured on your site.
- Saved Searches
If you are looking to save your customers time searching, create some saved searches! You are able to use the Products area to search for any product(s) you like, then use the available options to narrow the search results. Once you are comfortable with the remaining results, you can save the search. Then, you can create a navigation link with the already narrowed search results.
- Custom Products
Custom products are a really handy feature of ESP Websites. You can create completely customize products for your customers to order from your site, or you can personalize an item from a supplier.
- Exclusion Lists
If you would like to have certain types of products or products from a specific supplier excluded from the search results on your site, you can create an exclusion list.
How would you like to use Products?
- In a Product Collection
- Create a Saved Search
- As a Product of the Day
- Show Virtual Samples on the Site
- As a Custom Product
Create a Saved Search
Saved Searches, also known as Select-A-Searches, are links to already established searches. The links act as shortcuts to predetermined product searches, like "Caps & Hats".
There are two ways to create a new Saved Search:
- To create a new Saved Search from the Global Features area, click on the My Saved Searches and then click on the "Create New Select-A-Search" button, where you can use the search options to create your search.
- Click on the Products option from the main Websites Admin toolbar. Then, use the search options to create to create your search.
Type your search criteria using keywords into the search field and click Go.
Note: You can further refine your search by using the Narrow Results area under the "Your Search Terms" box.
After you’ve completed your search, you will need to save it by clicking on the Save Search button.
Then, enter a name for this Select-A-Search and then click on the Save button.
You can continue searching and saving the searches. After you have finished saving searches, you can create navigation links using the saved searches.
Use Products in a Product of the Day Schedule
To create a Product of the Day schedule, locate the site you would like to edit. Then, expand the Manage Product section and select Product of the Day. In the Product of the Day section, there are two tabs: Setup and Manage Product of the Day Schedules.
The Setup Tab
If you are not setting up your own schedule and want the system to rotate products automatically, select one of the first two bullets from the list, and click Save.
Select the last bullet “I want to select my own Products of the Day” to create your own schedule, and add your own products into a schedule. Click the Create New Schedule button, or select a current Product of the Day schedule from the dropdown menu, and click Apply.
Create a New Schedule
Click on the "Create New Schedule" button. A pop-up window will open.
Type the Schedule Name, select a level from the dropdown, and check the Active box. Click on Save after you have entered this information.
Adding Products to a Product of the Day Schedule
Don't be alarmed! An Edit Schedule tab appears where you will be able to manage products added to your schedule.
To add products, cllick on the Manage Product of the Day Schedules tab to get started. Locate the schedule you would like to add products to and click on the Edit link. Then, click on the Schedule Products button. You can either add products from your Clipboard, search for products using the ESP Web Quick Search, or use custom products.
- Adding Products from the Clipboard
Click on the Clipboard button, mark the product(s) you would like to use, and then click on the Select Action button. Select Add to Current Product of the Day Schedule option from the dropdown.
- Search for Products
To add a product(s), click on the Search for Products button, search for the product you would like to use, mark it, and then click on the Marked Items button. If you would like to use custom products, search using your ASI number or the product number you assigned to your product. Select "Add to Current Product of the Day Schedule" from the dropdown.
After you've marked and added your products, click on the Return to Product of the Day link.
After selecting the products you would like to use, you will need to designate the duration each product will be displayed as the Product of the Day on your ESP Website.
Directly below the Preview box, a Scheduling Properties box is displayed. Here, you can enter a start date (date you would like the Product of the Day to begin showing on your site) and an end date (date you would like the Product of the Day to stop showing on your site).
Then, click on the Save Properties button.
Repeat this process for all additional products to build a full Product of the Day schedule.
Now, the product will show with its start and end dates in the Product of the Day Schedule area.
After you have added all of your products and set your schedule, click on the Setup tab and hit the Apply button to have your Product of the Day display on your website.
If you need to edit the Product of the Day schedule, from the Setup tab, click on the Edit Schedule(s) button.
Then, in Manage Product of the Day Schedules tab, click on Schedule Products in the Scheduling Properties section.
Note: If you created your new schedule from the Schedules section, click on the "Edit" link in the Actions column.
Virtual Samples enable you to display all Virtual Sample-enabled products with the Supplier's original product image or display with a logo from your Image Library (Media Manager).
To show virtual samples, locate the site you would like to edit. Then, expand the Manage Product section and select Virtual Samples.
Upload Your Own Virtual Sample Image
To display virtual samples on the product detail pages of virtual sample enabled products, click the radio button for "I want to show a Virtual Sample ready product image using an image that I selected." Then, click the "Select from Image Library" link.
It is important to check the "Remove background color" checkbox first before uploading.
Hover on the image you would like to use from the Media Manager and then click on the Select File link.
You can also use the "Upload a New Logo" button to upload images for use as Virtual Samples. After clicking on this button, the File Upload dialog box appears. Navigate to your logo, select it, and then click Open.
Note: The file upload window and process looks differently on a Mac.
A preview of the image will appear in the Image Preview section.
If you do not have a logo, you can also select to use text and type your text in the available text box.
When you are satisfied with your selections, click "Save" and then click on the "Make Changes Live" link at the top. Now, the applied logo appears on virtual sample-enabled products on the product detail page.