Inside Akeneo #1 – Channels & scope

This article is the first one of a series focused on the key concepts of Akeneo.

The purpose of a PIM system is to enable the propagation of your product information from a single point to many heterogeneous destinations. Those destinations could be an e-commerce website, a mobile application, a print catalog, a marketplace, or any third-party system. That’s what we are calling channels.

In Akeneo, you will be able to create as many channels as you want directly from the back-end. Each channel will have a few properties to define what should be the exact subset of data associated to the channel (locales, currencies, categories).

For a same product, some of your attributes could have different values depending on the channel. For instance, you could have a different description for your e-commerce website and your mobile application. Or different pictures!

Instead of multiplying the number of attributes (description_ecommerce, description_mobile, …) you can create in Akeneo only one description attribute and set its scope to « Channel ». An attribute with a « channel » scope will allow the user to fill a different value for each activated channel directly from the edit form (as previewed in the animation below).

Multichannel features are at the core of Akeneo. We will explain in our next post what are the relations between channels and completeness. Stay tuned!

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