Product variations is a popular feature for Ecwid merchants. You can use variations for managing products with options: controlling stock, adding separate images to each product option, etc. Check out all the ways of using variations.
Here is a short list of answers to frequent questions along with some tips to use variations effectively in your store.
In this article:
- What to do if you do not have all the variations? For example, you don't have the sizes of some color option.
- Is it possible to use the same SKU for the base product and its variations?
- How to set the default variation?
- Is it possible to use bulk discounts for variations?
- Do variations count as products in paid plans limits?
- How to manage variations in bulk?
- Do variations count toward product limits?
What to do if you do not have all the variations? For example, you don't have the sizes of some color option.
There may be cases when you do not have consistent options across variations. For example, you have gray t-shirts in sizes XS, S, M and L and yellow t-shirts only in size S and M. You need to make sure your customers do not order yellow t-shirts in XS or L sizes.
For such situations we recommend that you create the variations f yellow t-shirts in XS and L and mark them as "Out of Stock":
Here is how it looks in your Control Panel:
Here is how it works in your store for the customers:
Yes, you can use the same SKU for a product and its variations if you don't need to track inventory for variations separately. However, Ecwid will prompt you to set a unique SKU once you change a variation quantity, price, or weight. Once the variation is treated as a separate item, it should have its own SKU.
A default product variation will show in the product details page based on the product's default set of options. For example, if "Gray" is the default option for "Color" and "Small" is default for "Size", the variation "Gray, Small" will be this default variation. Your clients will see this when visiting your product details page for the first time:
If you do not need any preselected defaults, just check the Require customer selection button in the Options tab where you edit product details:
Yes, you can offer tiered pricing for each variation based on quantity tiers. You can find the detailed instruction here: Bulk discount pricing.
- You can also assign separate to each variation you create. This message is automatically sent to you when a variation in your Ecwid store has reached a low stock limit.
The variations don't count towards product limit of the paid plans. Ecwid counts the number of base products shown in your Control panel → Catalog → Products. As for variations, you can have any number of them.
The Bulk Product Editor app helps you to manage your product variations in bulk:
- update all your products in bulk or filter those you’d like to change
- update properties like price, weight, quantity, and more
- add and remove options
- add and remove option selections
- enable and disable products in bulk