Viewing Content on Sales Layer and Excel Mode

Using Sales Layer

 

There are three ways to view your uploaded content on Sales Layer. By default, when you select categories, they will be displayed in List Mode, whereas Products are shown in Image mode. However, you can easily switch between views using the three buttons in the top right corner.

Let’s look at the information we can see when we select Image Mode, one of the first things that might catch your eye is the Quality Score, a percentage given to each product to show its completeness, that is, how many of its fields have been filled with data. This is a very important area of Sales Layer which we will go into further in the Quality Report section.

Examples of Product Quality Scores
Examples of Product Quality Scores

In addition to this, we can also see the status of each product and set it to three options: visible, invisible or draft. Basically, draft status should be used for products which don’t have all of their information ready yet, visible for those that are ready to go online, and then invisible can be used for various other reasons, such as for products that have been temporarily discontinued. The status of a product can have important consequences when it comes time to configure your output connectors, for example if you’ve set a connector to only export visible items, only those products with their status set to visible will be exported.

Options for changing the status of a product
Options for changing the status of a product

When viewing the content in Image Mode, we can also see if a product has any variants as well as accessing them directly from here. We can also select multiple products, using the green tick box in the top-right hand corner of each image, and perform operations on them all in one go.

Warning: be aware that if you perform a bulk operation without having applied any filters or selected any items, this bulk operation will be applied to every item.

There are also several ways of sorting your content, such as by alphabetical order, by order of Quality Score, or by the user who imported the products, as well as various other options.

Having seen both these modes, let's look at the final one, known as Edit, or Excel mode. This mode has two main advantages: firstly it allows us to filter the data we see on each product by permitting the selection of which columns we want shown, secondly it also facilitates the process of editing the content of several products at once.

 Looking at Products in Edit/Excel mode
Looking at Products in Edit/Excel mode

As well as filtering the data displayed on each product via the column selection, we can also filter which products are displayed using the Search Bar or with Tags, again we’ll look at both of these in more detail later.