Catalogs overview

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A catalog consists of products and variants (SKUs) organized into a structure based on product categories or nodes. Products and variants have associated information such as:

A product can exist in one or more catalogs. Catalogs are independent from one another. You can create as many catalogs as you want and assign them to one or more websites. And while you often import product catalogs from an externally integrated system, you can create them manually. Further, you can define dates when a catalog is available, so you can prepare future revisions to items, and review them in advance of the release date.

This documentation describes examples from the sample catalog delivered with the Optimizely Customized Commerce sample site. Your installation may look different from the sample catalog.

Catalog structure

A catalog is the top-level container for all types of products. You can structure a catalog in a number of ways. For example, your site has several brands or product lines, and each brand or product line has its own catalog. Or, a retailer may have multiple suppliers, and you can segment each supplier into its own catalog. See also: Working with catalog entries.

Catalog meta-classes and meta-fields

You can define meta-classes and meta-fields for both catalogs and orders in the Administration part of Commerce Manager. For example, you create a meta-class called Wine. Then, add meta-fields to capture characteristics of wine, such as color, taste, vintage and maturity.

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