If you are creating products manually inside the PIM and are creating similar products that vary on a few elements you can save time and increase throughput by creating a product using an existing one to populate much of the product data.
Even if you are copying and pasting most information from an external source, cloning can be a valuable timesaver when creating new products inside the PIM.
- Assumes you have full knowledge of how to create and enrich a product manually inside the PIM.
What information is carried over when cloning?
- Attribute Assignments (sets or individual attributes, not values)
- Description (short and long)
- Featured Status
- SEO Data
- Shipping Notes
- Shipping Weights/Dims
- Visibility Status
- Warranty Info
- Workflow State
What information is not carried over?
- Channel Status
- Published Status
- Attribute Values
How Do I Clone A Product?
First make sure that all the information you wish to carry over is populated on the product you wish to clone. Next from the sidebar, click Clone. The default name is "Copy of xx", where xx is the name of the current product. Make any alterations you wish to the name and click Create Clone.
You will then be taken to the new product and can finish the enrichment process.
NOTE: cloned products are intended to function as separate products within the PIM and on your publication channels. If you are looking to create a parent child relationship where groups of similar items display on a single product page with pivotable choices tied to SKUs read this article on Understanding Options and Parent Child Products.