How to organize your variant pages with advanced grouping

Hi there, Alex here to show you some additions to the Curator toolbox that will help you keep your page nice and neat.

Previously, we showed all the variants of an item on its page. Unfortunately, we rapidly found that with some diecast models having hundreds of variants, this made the pages huge and unwieldy and made them load very slowly too.

As such, we’ve now moved the variants to their own page AND introduced the concept of sub-variants.

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Curators have been able to set variant groups for a while, but now you can also add sub-groups to these. As an example, check out the Mainlines subgrouping of the ’67 Camaro.

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Each group and sub-group now also rolls up and gets its own description on its own page too. This allows for grouping of very similar items (eg. Hot Wheels that are the exact same color and casting but where one was made in Malaysia and the other was made in Hong Kong) – or you can use it to tidy up the display on items that were made for a long time but have only minimal differences.

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So are you ready to group? Let me show you how it works!

You can either watch this handy video, or read on for a photo tutorial – 

First, visit the catalog item page that you curate. One of my favorite models is the Jaguar XK120.

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Once there, click on the dark blue button underneath the item’s title to see the list of variants. In my case, I can see that the Jaguar XK120 has 8 variants.  

 

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Here is the variant overview page.

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Notice that there are four green models that look very similar to each other, so I’m going to group them. To do this, click on the group variants button on the bottom of your screen and you’ll be taken to a grouping wizard.

 

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Next, click on the add variant group button.

 

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Add a title and description of your variant sub group and click save.

 

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Then, click on the put variants in groups button and drag and drop your similar items into your new variant group. Click save, and you’ll see that I now have two different groups of variants. If you click on the go to variants display, you will now see a much cleaner page.    

 

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When you’re finished grouping, make sure to go back to the main variant overview page to add a title and description. You can do this by clinking on the “Edit Variant Description and Title” button. 

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And voila! You’ve created an awesome page that will be super helpful for everyone who visits the hobbyDB project. 

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Remember that each sub-group gets its own description on its own page too. Next I’ll show you how to add descriptions to the individual catalog entries that are grouped together.