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Manufacturers in the administration interface
The Manufacturer section is used to categorize products by manufacturer. This section can be accessed under Catalog > Manufacturers.
The Manufacturer names below came with the install. They can be deleted, and new manufacturer information can be added in its place. The manufacturer information should be created before products are added, so the manufacturer category can be selected when adding the product. Saving a product without including the manufacturer isn't advised, because customers can search for products in the store front through their manufacturer page. With the manufacturer missing from the product information, the product will not be available on those pages.
To insert a new manufacturer, the following information is required:
- Manufacturer name
- Stores: Default will be selected if there is only one store. If you have more than one store using OpenCart, you can add a manufacturer to multiple stores by checking on them.
- SEO Keyword: the keyword used for search engine optimization (optional)
- Image: an image of the manufacturer (optional). See the Image manager to learn how to upload images.
- Sort Order: the position the manufacturer will be sorted among multiple manufacturers (optional)
To edit existing manufacturers you can locate "Edit" under "Action". Clicking edit will direct you to the form above with the previously filled-in manufacturer information.
Manufacturers in the store front
Manufacturers will always need to be assigned to products in the store inventory to affect the store front. See the Products section for more information on how to assign manufacturers to products in the administration. In the store front, the manufacturer "categories" serve to organize products under manufacturers. To illustrate how products are organized under manufacturers in the store front, we will create a new manufacturer and assign it to a product.
In the Catalog > Manufacturer section we created an 'Acer' manufacturer; added it to our only store ('Default'), while including an SEO keyword, manufacturer image, and sort order. Under Products we assigned the "Acer" manufacturer to the "Acer Aspire" product.
Adding a new manufacturer will not add the manufacturer icon to the carousel banner on the home page. The newly created manufacturer must be added to the manufacturer banner under System > Design > Banners for the icon to be displayed in the carousel.
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