This guide will help you understand product options and how best to apply them, while using the Realtime Mapping Tool.

What Is A Product Option Exactly?

The simplest way to understand product options is to think of a product range. A product range is a collection of single items that are essentially the same, but with a few subtle differences. A good example of this would be a t-shirt. That t-shirt most likely comes in a range of sizes and possibly colours. This is exactly where product options come in, as they define what those subtle differences are.

Product options such as these allow your sales channels to populate swatches and drop-down boxes so your customers can choose a product based off one or more of those options.

Option Names & Values

Every product option is made up with an option name and multiple values to go with it. Using the t-shirt example, if your product option is "Size", the values would represent each different size the product comes in, such as small, medium and large. If "Colour" is one of your product options, then the values would be things like red, blue and green.

What Product Options Should I Set?

Product options vary vastly from customer to customer and from product to product. It would be impossible to tell you what options can be set because anything can be one. The product itself is the best indicator of what options need creating for it.

Imagine your product range listed on Amazon or a website and picture a drop-down box, as is common, so you can select one from the other. What would you expect to see? When you take a good look at the product range, the right options should seem like the most logical.

WooCommerce Website Navigation

While product options are largely used to define a range of items, they are also used to control where a product is displayed on WooCommerce based websites. These are usually product options that look like "Woocategory1" and "Woocategory2" etc. Each one of these usually represents a level of the websites navigation.

Using the website pictured below as an example, if you were listing a men's t-shirt, your Woocategory1 would most likely be "Men" and your Woocategory2 would probably be "T-Shirts".

Obviously every website is different, so you may need to speak to your website administrator and the team at Cloud Commerce Pro to decide what is required.

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