this tutorial we used the Business Edition, which has all the features
and plugins installed. The free version does not let you create product
options, and we wanted to be able to demonstrate them. You won't be able
to do the options section with the Starter. Since adding options is
just like adding products, if you follow this tutorial, you will have
the skills to do so if you upgrade.
Step 1. Download and install
You can download the various versions from here http://www.hikashop.com/en/hikashop.html
After downloading go to the Extension Manager, browse for your file, and click Upload & Install.
You can access it from your Components menu.
Step 2. Add a product
Go to Products > Categories on the HikaShop dashboard.
you don't need categories, you don't need to create them. There is a
default, top level called Product Categories and you can add all your
products there. If you are going to have a more complex cart, you should
probably create the categories first.
Highlight the category you want to put the product in.
can add the product to other categories or change it to another one
later. If Root is highlighted, it will go into root without being in a
particular category. Your choice here becomes more critical in light of
how you connect the menu item to the display. We aren't going to cover
that here, we're sticking to product entry, so for our purposes the
defaults are ok.
You can change the name "Product category". As
you will see in subsequent screen shots, I have changed it to Joomla
Products, and added Drupal and WordPress categories as well.
Click Add a product from the Products tab drop down menu.
Alternatively, you can click the New icon in the administration menu bar.
Step 3. Add product details
Enter the Name. This field is required.
will see the Main Information panel on the left, and you have all the
same editing capability you would have for a normal Joomla article. You
also have meta input for SEO on your products. Fill it out and create
dazzling display for your product.. Scroll down the page for more
important information you need to add.
Enter the Code. This field is required. The rest of the fields depend on the product type and specifications, and are optional
Access Level and User group panels won't be available in the free
version. By default the product is viewable by all. After purchase, you
can change this to none or have special products available to custom
Now move to the right side of the screen.
Step 4. Add product categories and prices
Click the Add button on the Categories panel.
- When you save the product it will be assigned to category you had
highlighted when you clicked "Add Product." or you can add it or assign
it to different categories with the "Add" control. You will also be able
to delete unwanted categories on existing products after they are
Add this product to the category called "Product
categories" or whatever you might have named it to. In this exampe
Joomla Products is the default "Product categories" renamed.
Navigate to the proper level using the Explorer and double clicking. Check one or more categories and then click OK.
Explorer is a little confusing. Notice that the Root category is
highlighted. You need to highlight the category one step higher than the
category you want to use in order to get the proper list of check
boxes. If I highlighted Joomla Products, the list would be blank.
Clicking on OK would give me a message asking me to select a category.
So highlight the parent category in the left pane, so you can choose the category in the right.
The categories selected now show below the Categories panel. (You can select more than one.)
next panel in line on the product entry page is for Related Products.
The operation of the Related Products panel is identical. Since this is
our first product, you won't be able to create any related products.
You use the Options panel until you have more than one product saved. We'll skip ahead to Prices for now.
the Add button. You can add a price row by clicking on this button. If
you want to remove a price row, just set its price to 0. Those
modifications will be applied only after you saved the product.
In HikaShop, a product or a variant can have several prices.
- First, you can set prices for each of the currencies published on your store.
you can set prices based on minimum quantity so that people buying
several times the same product in the same order will get a lower price
- Finally, if you don't set any prices for a product, it
will be considered as a free product. For a variant, that will result
in the system using automatically the main product prices and thus, it
can only be free if the main product is free.
You cannot use the system to limit the user to order at least x items.
When the product is not free, you need to have a minimum quantity of 0.
Business Edition Only - Access level:
With the Business edition of HikaShop, you will have an additional
column named "Access level" where you will be able to limit a price to a
group of users.
Step 5. Variants and options
you proceed, be sure you save your work. If you haven't entered
anything yet, when you click on the next step you will get a message
telling you to enter at least the name and the code number.
configuring the variant of your product, you need first to create one
or several characteristics with the menu Products->Characteristics,
and then add one or several characteristics to your product
Click Add to add a Characteristic after you've navigated to the correct section.
cart software developers often use the term "variant" to describe
things like colors and sizes. Most people refer to these as options, but
in shopping cart talk, options and variants aren't exactly the same
thing. This is most easily explained with an example.
sell a T-shirt which has 3 sizes and 3 colors. You have different
amounts of stock for each for each, for the . Each one will have
different weights, images, etc. But you want one shirt to be listed when
your customers browse your shop. They get to choose several variants of
the shirt when they get to the product page. Small and Red, for example
might be some choices.
You need to create that list of variations here, then you can apply them to products as needed.
Start by entering the name of the variation
Click the Add button
Add a possible value for this variant. In this case Red then click OK.
Repeat the process until you have Red, Green and Blue defined.
Save and close.
Then repeat this step for Size and create three values for size - small, medium and large.
the same for any variants you might have. You'll have a list. You'll be
able to apply the same color and size variants to any t-shirt in your
store. You'll see them all listed in the Characteristics section.
you are doing a large number of products, it would probably be wise to
add all possible variants at the same time, so they will be available as
you start entering products. Otherwise you'll have to stop and do this
for every product you enter.
We've just created several
characteristics with the menu Products > Characteristics, and now
want to add one or several characteristics to your product.
Return to the product page for this product. Click Add in Characteristics.
Check all the ones you want to add and then click OK. In this case we are adding both color and size.
can now see them added to the Characteristics panel. When the customer
purchases, they will need to make a choice of both color and size before
they can place the order.
If you want different prices for
different quantities, you can set that in the price panel. But what if
you want some options. For example No Logo, Printed Logo or Embossed
Logo, and each option is a different price?
You've just learned
the basics how to go about this. To create an option you go back to the
beginning and create a new product with the name of the option. It will
have it's own prices, variants, pictures and be a complete product on
it's own. You can hide it from the users by putting it in an unpublished
Step 6. Add categories
On the Hika Shop dashboard go to Products > Categories to start adding.
Create an unpublished category
- Click the New icon.
- Create a category called "T-shirt logos"
- Return to the product page and go to the Options panel.
- Click Add.
- Add the two options to the product.
Here's what you'll get on the front end.
Before you save it choose No for Published. Save it.
return to your Products section and create two new products called
Printed Logo and Embroidered Logo and put them in the T-shirt Logo
category. You are now ready to add them as options to your basic
- Price - I added a discount for buying 20 or more shirts
- Variants - three colors three sizes
- Options - two options with an up charge for each.
now have all the skills you need to start populating your store with
products. All shopping carts are complicated and everybody seems to have
some requirement that the developers haven't anticipated. You may find
that with HikaShop as well as any product. But for now, you know enough
to get products on line. HikaShop has context sensitive help available.
check there first if you get stuck.