Useful links library:
Demo Akeneo: http://demo.akeneo.com/ Login: admin password: admin
Akeneo overal documentation: https://docs.akeneo.com/latest/
Akeneo documentation UI: https://docs.akeneo.com/latest/design_pim/index.html - Explains how to customize Akeneo elements for unique needs. Frontend docs: http://getbem.com/introduction/
Akeneo blog: https://www.akeneo.com/blog/
About Akeneo API: https://api.akeneo.com/
Akeneo PIM - free plan features overview: https://www.getapp.com/operations-management-software/a/akeneo-pim/#features
Product characteristics in Akeneo:
In Akeneo product is described by such characteristics:
- Assets (Media)
- Locale A product can also have:
Products can also have variants specified. Products can also be associated with other products.
About Akeneo Products in their Technical architecture docs: https://docs.akeneo.com/latest/technical_architecture/standard_format/products.html
Attributes in Akeneo:
An attribute is a product’s characteristic. A product is usually composed of several attributes: an identification number, a name, a description, a price, a color... Depending on your Akeneo Edition version (Community or Enterprise), you can choose amongst 17 attribute types.
The list of attributes available: https://help.akeneo.com/pim/v3/articles/what-is-an-attribute.html#akeneo-attribute-types
- Identifier attribute: a code to identify your product, this code must be unique. It can be a SKU, a MPN... This attribute is mandatory to create products.
- Text attribute: a single-line text field that can contain up to 255 characters, it is usually used for a product name.
- Text area attribute: a multi-line text field that can be used for a product description.
- Simple select attribute: a single-choice list coming with custom options. Only one value can be selected amongst the available options.
- Multi select attribute: a multi-choice list coming with custom options. More than one value can be selected amongst the available options.
- Yes/No attribute: a boolean attribute
- Date attribute: a date field, the PIM will display a calendar to choose the date, which includes day, month and year.
- Number attribute: a single-line field that can only contain digits.
- Metric attribute: a single-line field composed of a 1st field containing a number and a second field containing a metric unit. It allows you to automatically convert metric values into others to fit your export needs. You can check the Manage your Channels article to have more information about this feature.
- Price attribute: a price attribute with values per currency. The displayed values will depend on the currencies enabled in the PIM. Learn here how to enable or disable a currency in Akeneo PIM.
- Image attribute: a drag and drop down zone to upload an image (extensions allowed: gif, jfif, jif, jpeg, jpg, pdf, png, psd, tif, tiff)
- File attribute: a drag and drop down zone to upload a file (allowed extensions: csv, doc, docx, mp3, pdf)
- Asset collection attribute (Entreprise Edition only): an advanced attribute type to manage several digital resources like a video, picture, pdf file... Read the following article What is an asset? to learn more about this attribute type
- Reference entity simple link attribute (Entreprise Edition only): allows enriching common data related to products with a rich content (text, images...), more complex than just a code and labels. Check our dedicated article What is a reference entity? to learn more about this attribute type.
- Reference entity multiple links attribute (Entreprise Edition only): the same as above but allowing you to manage multiple links
- Reference data simple select attribute: allows you to manage any kind of data that has its own properties, as a single-choice select.
- Reference data multi select attribute: allows you to manage any kind of data that has its own properties, as a multi-choice select.
**Family in Akeneo: **
In Akeneo, attributes are gathered into families, so all products belonging to the same family share the same attributes.
A family is a set of attributes that is shared by products belonging to the same family. In other words, a family can be considered to something similar as a product template. When a product is added to a family, it automatically inherits from all attributes defined at the family level. A product can belong to only one family (but a product can be without family, in this case, it has no default attributes). Finally, the family manages the product’s completeness.
Category in Akeneo:
In Akeneo, a category is used to classify products or assets (EE only). A category is always part of a main category tree (or classification tree). You can have one or more category trees in Akeneo with an unlimited number of levels (categories, subcategories, sub-subcategories...)
Differences between categories and families
CATEGORIES Trees and categories are a way to classify your products A product can be in several or no categories FAMILIES A family is a set of attributes used to enrich a product A product can only belong to one family
**Channels in Akeneo: **
A channel in Akeneo defines a selection of products and information to export. A channel can be a website, a print catalog, a mobile application... What's the use of channel? A channel defines a selection of products and information to export.
It works as a filter on the product catalog and has the following properties:
It is linked to a category tree (and only one!) It has one or more enabled locales It has one or several currencies It has a dedicated completeness
**Asset in Akeneo: **
An asset can be an HD image, a video, a PDF installation guide... Any kind of files that can be used to enrich a product in Akeneo. Assets are only available in the Enterprise Edition.
**Locale in Akeneo: **
A locale in Akeneo is a combination of a language (English, German, French...) and a country (United States, United Kingdom, France…). For instance, US english is represented as en_US and UK english as en_UK. Akeneo offers more than 200 locales by default that you can enable depending on your needs.
Locales allow to translate some product information in the interface. They are also very central in the PIM because they are used to set on attributes values that may differ according to each locale.
Completeness in Akeneo:
What is this red, orange or green progress bar displayed on my dashboard? What means the percentage on my product grid?
This is the completeness!
Because product information matters to us, we introduced the concept of "completeness" in our PIM. Akeneo's completeness is an information about your enrichment quality: it tells you how many attributes are filled in for your products.
Comments in Akeneo
Products can be commented in Akeneo
**History and versions restoring in Akeneo **
You just noticed that there are loads of errors in the product information of one given product. You don't know what happened but someone messed up with your dear information. So you wish you could go back in time to get a version of this product where its information was way better.
It's totally possible with the restore feature. You can browse through the whole history of a product to find a version that is good according to your point of view and then, restore it.
Variants in Akeneo products
Products with variants are products that have similarities, they are based on the same model but differ in some aspects from one another.
They offer customers various purchase options for a product such as different colors, sizes, dimensions, flavors, etc.
There are more and more products with variants in all businesses, here are some examples:
- T-shirts available in different colors and sizes
- Sofas varying in colors and number of seats
- Mattresses with different dimensions (for one person or 2 people)
- Smartphones varying in color and screen size
- Screwdrivers available in different dimensions
- Teas by packaging
- Fruit compotes with different flavors
A product may be associated with none or several other products or product groups. This type of link also called a relationship has a direction: e.g. Product “A” --> Product “B” and Product “A” --> Product Group ”G”. The Product “B” and the product group “G” have no link or associations with the product “A”.
This type of relationship enables you to define relationships like an alternative product or a substitution between products for example.