VirtueMart manufacturers provide descriptive information on products, informing the clients who developed the products offered for sale. This takes the shopping experience for buyers to a new level, allowing them by manufacture decide whether it is thrusted product or not and respectively to place the order or not. Moreover, clients often use VirtueMart search by manufacturer to find needed goods, thus it is understandable that defining manufacturer is very important for store well being.
In VirtueMart, whenever product is added to the catalog, a manufacturer for it should be assigned. Generally, every item has a manufacturer, and for improved shop management, it is advisable to indicate this information. Therefore, initial move will be to determine the manufacturers and type in their information in VirtueMart store. We can also classify manufacturers separating out from them software developers, publishers, goods makers etc.
It is not compulsory to create manufacturers before adding products to your catalog. Goods can be re-associated to manufacturers after all the products have been added to the list. However, creating the manufacturers prior to adding goods save a lot of extra work if you already know that you will be using these product details.
In Store Manager for VirtueMart, you can see full VirtueMart manufacturer list from one place, in the tab ‘Manufacturers’. There you will see 4 sections, where you can create separate manufacturer categories, add particular manufacturers and edit the mentioned information.
Creating Manufacturer Category
VirtueMart has default category for manufacturers which can be used for creation of different manufacturers under it. Though, in case you have in your catalog large sets of goods from multiple manufacturers, it will be much more comfortable to sort them out and create under serting groups.
To append new manufacturer category, press “Add Category” button and on the left, in the greed, fill in the necessary fields. No additional windows will be opened, so it is very convenient to switch between manufacturer categories and edit them if desired. You can add as many categories as you want.
Moreover, you as store owner will be able to perform VirtueMart search by manufacturer and filter out them on needed parameters.
Adding Particular Manufacturers to Manufacturer Categories
Adding VirtueMart manufacturer you should indicate manufacturer's name, URL, email address and a brief description. In the Manufacturer Category field, select the category to which this manufacturer should belong. There is also the possibility to add image to selected manufacture to recognize him faster. Again, all the information is available in the tabs of the grid placed at the bottom of the page, so all information can be typed in or modified there.
Applying Manufacturer to Actual Products
In case you products are already listed at your store and you need to change/set manufacturer for them or you just add new product, simply select from the drop-down the needed variant available in the field ‘Manufacturer’.
In case you need to add/change manufacturer for multiple products in bulk you can use Mass Product Changer tool:http://virtuemart-manager.com/useful-articles/tips-tricks/accomplish-virtuemart-products-update-in-bulk-with-mass-product-changer/
Alternatively, you can import goods with all the details, including VirtueMart manufacturer list. Detailed tutorial on the process read here -http://virtuemart-manager.com/useful-articles/product-management/virtuemart-product-import/