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Adding Product Options

Product Options allow you to add variations on your product for customers to select from. Popular examples include colors, sizes, yes/no checkboxes, or custom text fields.

Product with swatches

How do Product Options work?

Product options are organized in terms of what attributes your product variants have.

For example, you might have a product that comes in different sizes and colors. You would create an Option for each attribute (e.g. "Size" or "Color"). You will list the different values (such as "Blue" or "Green") inside the option. The Options are added an Option Set, which in turn can be applied to your products.

  • Value - a specific attribute, like "green" or "small".
  • Option - a collection of similar values, like "colors" or "sizes".
  • Option Set - the group of Options you want to apply to your product(s). For example, a "Shirt" Option Set would contain the Option for color and the Option for size.

There's no limit to how many Option Sets you can create, but each product can only have one associated Option Set. You can also add the same Option Set to multiple products.

Options diagram

Adding Product Options

To add a Product Option to your product, you will create the Option, fill out the values, then add it to an Option Set, which is applied to a product. Because each Option created is created differently depending on the type, we've provided individual guides for each Option type below.

If you aren't sure what kind of option you need to create, check out our visual guide of Product Option Types.

Rules and SKUs

You can link each variant to a SKU or product code, as well as track inventory by variant instead of by base product. For more information on assigning SKUs to product option variants, see Product SKUs: Assigning SKUs to variants of a product.

You can also use rules for certain changes to take place when a particular option or variant is selected. For example, you can increase or decrease the price, have the product image change automatically, or adjust the shipping weight. For more information on setting up option-based rules, see Product Options: Rules.

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