Advanced Frontend Manager add-on allows your vendors to add almost all product types and import/export products from their frontend dashboard. Thus making vendors’ need of accessing wp-admin area, optional. To keep things simple for your vendors, AFM further allows Admin to restrict vendors within their frontend dashboard. All this to achieve a cleaner UI and better user experience for your vendors.
To know about the installation and licensing of AFM please visit our installation and licensing guide here.
Setting up AFM is as easy as pie. As Admin, you got the option to allow or disapprove backend access for your vendors. Go to Settings under WCMp, then in the General tab you will see “Disallow vendors wp-admin access” checkbox. Enabling it will disallow vendors to access WordPress backend.
Reference 1: Advanced Frontend Manager Configuration
Admin can approve or disapprove the vendors from accessing certain product types from their frontend dashboard. With only WC-Marketplace installed, vendors can upload Simple products from their frontend dashboard while others are to be uploaded from the backend but with AFM installed, vendors can upload Variable, Grouped, External, Affiliate easily. Booking, Accommodation, Bundles, Rental, Auction, Simple Subscription and Variable Subscription are also supported from their frontend dashboard.
Enable the product type checkboxes, to allow your vendors to upload the respective product types from their frontend.
Reference 3: Enable Product Capabilities to vendors
Adding a product is a breather for vendors with AFM.
To add a product, vendors need to go to the “Product Manager” tab & select “Add Product” from the sub-menu in vendor dashboard. This will direct the vendor to the Add Product Page where they can choose from Simple, Variable, External/, Affiliate product types.
Note: Simple Product Type is supported by WC-Marketplace itself. If the vendors want to move beyond these product types, admin must install the respective product type plugins and allow them to create, manage and sell Bookable Product, Subscription, Rental, and Auction product types from their store.
After choosing the product type, vendor can provide required product information in their specific fields.
“Variable products are a product type in WooCommerce that lets you offer a set of variations on a product, with control over prices, stock, image and more for each variation. They can be used for a product like a shirt, where you can offer a large, medium and small and in different colors.”
Select Variable from the product type dropdown.
Enter the product’s title, SKU, product visibility, product excerpt and product description in the respective fields under the “General” Tab.
To add an image or an image gallery that your product will reckon with, click on the “Featured Image and Gallery” tab. Then click on the Upload button to upload a featured image whereas to add a gallery of images, click on the Upload button next to Gallery Images and then clicking on the “+” icon to add more images to your gallery.
Under the “Category & Tags” tab, available categories will be shown to you once you place your cursor on the “Categories” box. You can add your own tags by separating them with commas’.
Under the Inventory tab, you can manage your inventory/stock details.
Shipping details are to be entered in the “Shipping tab“.
Add product attributes under the Attributes tab. The steps to follow:
Name the attribute (e.g. Size),
Set values separated by a vertical pipe (e.g., small | medium | large)
Enable the Visible on the product page checkbox.
Enable the Used for variations checkbox.
Click on + icon to add more attributes in the same way it was added in the previous steps.
Select the attribute from the Product Attribute dropdown.
Now click on Add to add the preset attribute.
Keep repeating the same steps in order to add more preset attributes.
Now, add the Variations in the respective tab.
Select attributes for your variation.
Check the Enable box, to show the variation added to the customers.
Edit any available data. The only required field is Regular Price.
Click on + icon to add more variations in the same way it was added in the previous steps.
To add similar items to the current product that is being viewed or has been ordered for, add your products in the Up-sells or Cross-sells as required under “Linked Products“
For other advanced options edit details as required under the “Advanced” tab.
Upon completion click on Submit to upload the product for admin’s approval or publish it directly while on Draft, to save it for further edit.
“Grouped Products lets you add similar (think materials, design etc) simple products to a single parent product.”
An external or affiliate product is a product on your site that your customers will purchase from another site.
You can view all your added products from “All Products” under “Product Manager“. Hovering over the product name, shows links for editing the product, deleting it and previewing/ viewing (depending on the product status) it. Click on “Edit” to edit it further and on “Delete Permanently“, to delete the product or on “Preview/ View” to see a frontend view of it . Moreover, here you can see an overview of the product, stating the Price, Stock Quantity, Categories the product has been assigned to, the date when the product was published and the status of the product.
Or the vendor may visit the “My Shop” link. This will direct them to the vendor’s Shop page. There they will get two check boxes which will let them “edit” or “delete” the product.
Reference 8: Manage products from AFM
Buy all Marketplace addons together!!Check Slashed Price