How to use Variations in Shopify

Created by Nicolas Wussler, Modified on Wed, 17 Aug, 2022 at 3:34 PM by Igor Galic

In this article we will be going through an example of what variations are in Shopify and how you would use them in SyncSpider.





1) Definition


1.1 What are Variations


Variations are attributes that differentiate products from one another ( in this case Parent Variation would be a T-Shirt and the child variations would be the color of the T-Shirt and size)



1.2 Considerations for adding Variants

You can create up to 100 variants for a product.

Each product can have up to 3 options. The options can be different from product to product. For example, one product can use size, color, and style, and another product can use weight, finish, and material.


If you wish to see more in-depth guide about Variations in Shopify please do check it out here 


E.G. Sending Products with Variations(Options) from Shopify to Shopify.


IMPORTANT NOTE: In Shopify Variations are called Options. And the maximum number. of Options for each Variations  you can have is 3 for import and export.


2) How to create Variations in Shopify


To create variations in Shopify, you can create them while editing or creating a new product.


2.1 Finding Products


Simply go under "Products".


2.2 Adding Products


Proceed to "Add product". 


2.3 Variation Creation


There you will have all the options for the product, under "Options" which will be the Variations, To add Variations, Click on "This product has Options, Like size and color".


2.4 Variation Editing


Now you choose the Variations Name and Values, In this example we will take:


Size as Variation 1 (Option 1) as the name and Values as Small, Medium and Large.


Color as Variation 2 (Option 2) as the name and Values as Black, White and Blue.

Logo as Variation 3 (Option 3) as the name and Values as Classic or Not Classic



Option Values:

If you wish to add another option, Simply click on "Add another option".


2.5 Variation settings in Shopify


After that save the product and you will see the options for adding Images , Stock and name. 


Here you can add Image, Price, Stock etc. for each Variant specifically.


After you have added everything you need for your Variants we can continue to SyncSpider.



3) How to use Variations in SyncSpider

To use Variations in SyncSpider, First go to your task that you have created.


You will have to create a Shopify Integration in SyncSpider, Please check our help article here.


The example we will be using is WooCommerce to Shopify.


3.1 Source Configuration (WooCommerce)


To set this up correctly with already predefined fields that we set, we will have to Exclude parent from Variable products, and just send Variants. With this option


If this is switched on all parent products from Variable products type will be excluded from the export.


Variations and Simple products will be exported.


3.2 Target Configuration (Shopify)

First we would recommend that you set the Product UID to SKU.


After that check the checkbox named "Check this if you want to predefine option fields". And create the 3 Variation options that we set in Shopify, meaning Color, Size and Style.


We would also recommend to check these checkboxes too:


3.3 Variation Mapping (With predefined Options)

Here we will have to map:


SKU- sku

pa_color - Color

pa_size - Size

pa_logo - Logo


We will have to map all 3 because we made 3 Variations, Size, Color and Logo.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Variation Positioning is decided by the order you create the variations, we have created "Size" first so "Size" will be the first Variation.


To map SKU simply type it out in the top left corner and connect it with SKU on the right side of the mapping.


For pa_color we will use the "Values" option field. 


Here are the settings we will use to connect this field to the field "Color" on the right side:


Which value to take? - Take all (Concatenate) 

Order of values - Take as-is

Concatenation character - Comma


NOTE: We use concatenation so that everything will transfer smoothly into one product with multiple values in Shopify instead of creating multiple products with one variation


Regarding Mapping configuration you can just click on "Automap" and it will Automap source and destination attributes accordingly.


As we can see it mapped everything correctly.


 For pa_size and po_logo repeat this process that you did on pa_color until you have Options that look something like this: 




With this we will finish our help article. 



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