WD Vendor Dashboard
Vendor Dashboard gives you an overall summary of your store and activities. From this dashboard, you can easily manage your stores and also get quick insights. Besides that, it will provide suggestions on how to make your store more appealing to your customers.
You can find an overview of your store, page view, orders, earnings, reviews and products. There is also an announcement section. It displays all the latest notice or announcement from admin.
Creating products as a vendor using dashboard is super easy. After your vendor registered on your marketplace, they can easily create products and customize them from an intuitive dashboard.
So check out the documentation to know the process of creating products:-
Create a product from the Vendor dashboard
To create a product, navigate to the Vendor dashboard. And then click on Products from the left menu. After that click on the Add New Products button from the top right corner.
You’ll get a new window where you will be able to create a new product giving all the details only.
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.
Both the categories and tags have to be created by the admin. The vendor can only select them from the frontend dashboard. Because allowing the 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 need to select the category from the drop-down.
Now vendors will be able to create their own tags for products.
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 new button.
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.
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.
You will get the default shipping price override option. Else only the shipping class selection will be available.
If you have enabled only WD Dokan shipping and configured the costs in the dashboard settings. Then you might leave all the settings as is. That means you do not have to input any data in this section. None of the fields are mandatory here.
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.
How to create a Variable Product
WD Dokan Variable products are a product type that lets you offer a set of variations on a product with control over prices, stock, image, and more for each variation. They can be used for a product like a T-Shirt which you can offer in different colors and sizes.
In this stage, select which type of product you are willing to create. Here, we are creating a variable product. So, select Variable from the Product Type drop-down menu. Now, provide product category and tags so that your customer can easily find your product from your store.
Now scroll down to the Attribute & Variation section from where you can manage different variations and attributes for your variable product.
You can create a new attribute by selecting Custom Attribute and click on the Add attribute button. Now, provide the attribute Name and their values. You can create more values by entering ‘|’ character after providing a value.
Now, to create new variations of your product from the provided value, select Create variations from all attributes. You can also create single variables according to your requirements by selecting Add variation option. After choosing your option, click on the Go button and it will generate possible variations from your attributes automatically.
Editing and Saving Variations
From the screenshot below, you can see that Dokan has generated all the possible variations for your product. Now, you can edit generated variations according to your requirements.
Now, click on the down arrow button of any of the variations that you want to edit. It will open description and SKU option for that variation.
Enter the price, dimensions and SKU for your variation. You can also include shipping class, tax class and variation description for this variation of your product. You can also remove any of the variations that you do not have available for this product. After you are done with editing the variables, you can save the variation by clicking on Save variations button.
Now, you can include any discount options for your product. Besides that, you can include other options. There are options including product status, visibility, purchase note and product reviews. After completing all of the steps, click on the Save Product button to create your variable product with WholesalerDukan Multivendor Marketplace.
I plan to sell only digital products
However, if you choose to sell only digital products then you will not find any Shipping options. We have disabled the shipping options when your marketplace are selling digital products as you probably don’t need shipping to sell them.
But, you will find the Downloadable and Virtual option enabled.
Also, for a variable product, you will find those options in the variations zone.
2 Filter Options for Product Listing Page
Now you can filter the products on your product listing page according to the product type. Just select the product type and click on Filter. You will see the filtered products on the list.
Also, you can filter the products based on their inventory. You will get two options
- In stock
- Out of stock
Product Bulk Edit for Vendors
Just like the admin, vendors can now edit the products in a bulk from the vendor dashboard. Vendors need to go to Vendor Dashboard–> Products. There they need to choose multiple products to edit. Then click on the Apply button,
Now, vendors can update/add product categories, change the product status to Draft, and new Tags. Also, they can update product price, sale, weight, shipping class, visibility, change stock status, etc. Click on the Update button to finish.
After finishing the update, they will be able to see the changes in the Product list.
If they click on the quick edit option, they will be able to see the new categories and tags added.
This is how vendors can bulk edit products from their vendor dashboard.