How to Work with Products¶
In the context of the products, there are several concepts on the Shopsys Platform that can not be understood at first sight. The article describes this concepts more in detail.
Groups of products - "listable", "sellable", "offered", "visible"¶
Products can be grouped into several groups according to their current status or according to what they are used for.
Visible - products with an attribute
ProductVisibility->visible set to the value
TRUE for specific domain and pricing group.
The conditions which the product must satisfy to appear as visible:
- the product must not be set as hidden
- if the attribute "selling start date" is filled in, the value of this attribute must be set to the date in the past
- if the attribute "selling end date" is filled in, the value of this attribute must be set to the future date
- the product must have a name for the specific locale
- if the product is a variant, there must exist calculated price for this variant and for the specific pricing group
- if the product is a variant, its main variant must not be set as hidden
- if the product is the main variant, at least one of its variants must be visible
Offered - products that satisfied the conditions for visible and at the same time they have an attribute
Product->calculatedSellingDenied set to the value
calculatedSellingDenied attribute shows whether the product is already sold out or if the product is a variant with the main variant that is set up with selling denied on
Listable - products that satisfied the conditions for offered and at the same time, these products are not the variants.
Only the main variants are included in the product lists.
Sellable - products that satisfied the conditions for offered and at the same time, these products are not the main variants.
Sellable products are products that can actually be purchased. Only the standard products or the specific variants can actually be purchased.
How calculated attributes work?¶
Some attributes that are used on the Shopsys Platform are not set directly, but their value is automatically calculated based on other attributes.
For example, if a category of products does not have a name for a locale of the specific domain, this category will be automatically set as not visible on this domain.
The recalculations of these special attributes can be initialized as
immediate - recalculation is initialized when the event
kernel.response is caught.
See a class
Shopsys\FrameworkBundle\Model\Product\Pricing\ProductPriceRecalculator and a method
scheduled - recalculation is initialized later.
A product or a category of products can be marked for scheduled recalculation, the recalculation itself is initialized with a cron module, see a class
For example, a method
edit of a class
Shopsys\FrameworkBundle\Model\Product\ProductFacade calls a method
scheduleProductForImmediateRecalculation of a class
The product is marked for
immediate recalculation of availability by this request.
The recalculation itself is initialized when the event
kernel.response is caught by a method
It means that the product does not have recalculated availability immediately after the method
edit is completed.
This approach with
kernel.response event is a legacy feature and it will be removed in the future, see Recalculating products availability and prices immediately instead of on finish request.