Vendor Attribute Editor
  Last Edited - 12/27/2012 12:54pm PST
  Category Path - Shopping Cart Software Components > Administration Area > Products
Vendor Attributes are custom attributes, used in the administration area or storefront, that can be added to vendor if the default options in the Vendor Editor are insufficient for the store's needs.  

The Vendor Attribute Editor is used to create and edit vendor attributes.

To create a new vendor attribute:
  1. Go to Products > Add a Vendor Attribute.
  2. Select the type of attribute from the dropdown menu.
  3. Configure the custom attribute.
  4. Click the Add this Vendor Attribute button when finished.
To edit an existing vendor attribute:
  1. Go to Products > Search Vendor Attributes.
  2. Click either the SID number or the icon associated with the vendor attribute.
  3. Make the desired changes to the vendor attribute.
  4. Click the Save Changes to this Vendor Attribute button when finished.
Attribute format types:
Attribute data can be formatted in several different ways, explained in detail below.

Used to allow for more than one selection to be made simultaneously.

Dropdown Menu
A dropdown menu is used to allow for a single option to be selected from a from a list of options

List (Select One)
A select one list is used to provide a list of text options where the user can make a single selection.

List (Select Multiple)
A select multiple list is used to provide a list of text options where the user can make multiple selections.

Radio Buttons
Radio Buttons are used to allow users to make a single selection from a from a group of options.

Text Field
Text Fields are used to create a field where text can be inputted.

Configure the Custom Attribute

Each custom attribute has various configuration options that determine how they are presented in the vendor editor.  The options are explained in greater detail below.

SID (System ID)
The SID (System ID) is a unique number that identifies the attribute to the system.  This number cannot be changed.  The SID will be assigned once the vendor attribute has been created.

Attribute Title
The attribute title appears to the left of the attribute in the vendor editor.

Attribute Description
The attribute description appears above the attribute in the vendor editor. 

Display Order
The display order number determines the order in which the attributes are arranged in the vendor editor or storefront  The lower the number, the higher the priority.

Option Text
The text in this field will appear next to the attribute in the vendor editor.

Option Value
The text in this field will be stored in the database if the choice is selected.

The Option Value can be left blank.  The system will automatically reuse the Option Text as the Option Value.

Add (+)
The add button will add another set of fields, used to create an additional attribute option.
Remove (-)
Clicking the minus button will remove the corresponding attribute option. 

An active attribute appears in the vendor editor, while an inactive attribute does not appear.

If an attribute is set to unique, each vendor must contain a unique value for the attribute.

If an attribute is set to required, a vendor cannot be created if the attribute has not been populated.

If an attribute is set to encrypt, the data in the attribute will be encrypted when it is saved to the database.

Internal Only
The attribute will only apply to the admin area, and not the storefront.

The attribute will be included in store generated emails sent to the customer, if applicable.

Notes are hidden and displayed to store administrators only.
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