Product Creation / Upload
How to create a product from the vendor dashboard on Kinkify
How to import products from a XML or CSV file on Kinkify
How to export a list of your products to CSV or XML
Import / Export
Please note that while we here at Kinkify do our best to make a store migration as painless as possible that because software is different, a import of a previous store will take a little work!
Export a CSV of products from an existing store.
- Create a CSV of products using this blank and formatted CSV file.
- Download a CSV file with sample data from GitHub and replace it.
- Use your own CSV. Any information you wish to include should follow the formatting and columns of the Product CSV Import Schema.
If using the blank and formatted CSV file, it also follows the schema; just be sure to enter the info as instructed at Product CSV Import Schema.
- CSVs should be in UTF-8 format.
- Dates should be defined for the store’s local timezone.
- Use 1 or 0 in your CSV, if importing a Boolean value (true or false)
- Multiple values in a field get separated with commas.
- Wrapping values in quotes allows you to insert a comma.
- Prefix the id with
id:if referencing an existing product ID. No prefix is needed if referencing an SKU. For example:
- Custom meta is supported/imported but only plain text – no support for JSON or Serialized data.
- Taxonomy term hierarchy is denoted with
>, terms are separated with commas.
- Draft products are not exported, only published and privately published products.
- Images need to be pre-uploaded or available online to import to your store.
- External URLs are supported and imported into the Media Library if used.
- You can define the filename if the image already exists in the Media Library.
Step By Step Guide:
- 1. Download the sample CSV
- 2. Replace the values inside the sample CSV with your own values
- 3. Navigate to Dashboard => Tools
- 4.Select CSV upload
- 5. Use the available column mapping to ensure all columns are correct
- 6. Run the import tool
- 7. View your new products and make adjustments as needed!
Import / Export
Create a product from Vendor dashboard
Navigate to your vendor dashboard. Click on Products from the left menu and then Add New Productsbutton from the top right corner. It will open a new window where you will be able to create a new product easily by providing the most important details.
The common information about a product are the title, price, description. Discount price is optional. You can even schedule discounts for a certain amount of time. You can enter a starting date and end date to apply automatic discounts to your product.
Vendors can only select pre defined categories as allowing vendors to create categories and tags might result into duplicates.
By default, category selection is singular. That is why there is a drop-down field to select a category. This should be the standard setting. Because according to Google Webmaster Guidelines and other SEO and UX best practices, it is recommended to have only one category assigned to a product. If you need to show your products based on multiple factors or for searching or sorting feature, you can use tags.
Vendors will be able to create new product tags from vendor dashboard. Previously, vendors were only able to use the tags predefined by Kinkify Admins.
Vendors click on Dashboard>Product>Add New Product. Under the Select Product Tags field, add a tag and Press Enter. The word or phrase will be added as a separate tag.
After you have provided all the required information, Click on the Create product button. It will create the product and redirect you to the product edit page, where you will be able to add more information about your product. If you want to create the product and add another one immediately, click on the Create & add newbutton.
After you have been redirected to the product edit page, there is an option to select a product type. You can select either a Simple or Variable product.
Selecting Product Type – Simple Product
These types of products are simple and have no variants. They are single and standalone products, which does not require any other information to define different variants.
Selecting Product Type – Variable Product
A variable product is a product that has different types of variants. For example, you might want to sell a dress which is available in 3 different colors and sizes. So this option will enable you to add those colors and sizes you need. You can add variations based on anything you like, perhaps material used or the stitching style.
To create a variation from the frontend, you must select This Product Has Multiple Options. Then some new fields will appear to input the variations. If you already variations are already available then you can select them from the dropdown on the top right and click Add Option. If you do not need all the attributes in your product, then you can remove or add more if you want.
Check this link on how to create a variable product
Now if you need custom variations and attributes of your own, then you have to select Custom Attributes and then click Add Option. Then two blank fields will appear to input the variation name and attributes.
You can add as many variations and attributes as you want. When you are done, check the box Create variation using those attributes. The system will make all the combinations and will prompt you to add prices for those variations.
If you want to disable any variation, then you can uncheck the box on the left.
Quantity and variation picture adding function will not be available right away. You have to save the product once to get those options. Right after saving the product, the fields above will have a pencil icon on the right. Click on that to add more details to the variations.
Selecting Product Type – Grouped Product
To learn about the grouped product go through this tutorial.
Inventory and variants
This section holds a bit of complicated information. None of these fields are mandatory. If you do not need to add stock quantity and your is just a simple product, then you can totally skip this section.
But if you are creating a downloadable product or selling a dress or t-shirt, which has multiple sizes, then you should read this section carefully.
What is SKU?
SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit. It should be a unique set of characters which will not match to any other product.
Enable Product Stock Management
Let’s say you have 10 pieces of the product and you don’t want to receive after orders are placed for 10 units. If you enable stock management and enter 10 in the quantity field, then after 10 units are ordered, this product will show a message that all the quantities are sold and there is no stock.
But, you might want to take some pre-orders before your next batch comes up. So you can Allow Back Order to let the customers place orders even if the product is out of stock.
If you are selling photos, music, software or any digital product, then this is the option to use. If you click on the Add File button, three more fields will be added.
The name field defines what the downloaded file name should be. We are letting you define that because you might name the original file to something like “new-album-updated-jan-12.zip” and you want the user to download the file as “New Album”. So this option will be useful for you to serve and organize better.
If you are serving the files from your very own site, then you can click on choose file and select. But you can also serve the file from Dropbox, Google Drive or some other file hosting site you like.
So to be able to use the state-based shipping feature of Kinkify, it needs to be activated from –
- By Your from Dashboard Settings – it will allow the feature on the specific store.
After activating the feature from both places. You will get the default shipping price override option. Else only the shipping class selection will be available.
Vendors can only select the pre-made tax classes approved by Kinkify.
Visibility: The visibility option defines the privacy of the product. By default “Catalog and Search” is selected. But if you want the product to only appear on category listing page, search results or want to list as a hidden product, then you can select the option respectively.
If you select any other option than Catalog and Search then the product will not appear on the site other than the store page.
Purchase Note: If you want the customer to receive a custom message right after purchasing the product, you can paste that in the box.
Reviews: If the vendor does not want to receive reviews for the product from the customers, he can turn it on or off.