Channels are simply containers for custom group structures – but group structures which can be different from both the group structure in the warehouse and the group structure in Dynamicweb Ecommerce.
That is to say, the structure can conform to whichever way a particular channel expects to receive data. Amazon, for instance, expects data to be organized in a number of fixed categories – so for an Amazon channel you want to create a group structure which conforms to that demand.
To create a channel:
- Go to Settings > PIM > Channels
- Click New channel to open the channel
- Name it
- Save – the settings not related to Channels will disappear, this is normal and nothing to worry about
When a channel has been created it appears in the PIM tree and acts as a container for channel groups.
To create channel groups:
- Go to PIM > Channels
- Right-click the channel and click New Group (Figure 1.1)
Once a channel has been created, you can use the Publish to channels button in all PIM views to push product data to one or more channels (including Dynamicweb Ecommerce, which is a native channel).
Please note, that channels are organizational structures only – all product fields are read-only when accessed via a channel, and all product enrichment should be done via the warehouse structures or PIM queries.
Changes made within a channel will affect the product everywhere.