So you want to know how to add and set up configurable products to your Magento store. Without any experience adding products to an e-commerce CMS, it can appear difficult and complicated, especially when a configurable product has multiple options. Follow our simple step-by-step process to successfully create additional products.
Note: Configurable products allow the shopper to select options from a dropdown list. Each option is actually a separate, simple product.
Configurable products offer customers variations to choose from to customise their desired product. For example, a mobile phone case can be available in different sizes, colors, models, etc. Within Magento the various options are treated as a collection of simple products, which come with individual SKUs and inventory listings. The combination of attributes will be adjusted according to the increase and decrease of your inventory stock.
From the front-end, a configurable product page is simply a basic product page with the addition of a drop-down menu option. Giving your customers the ability to filter the available options for a particular product from a single page, eliminating the need to browse multiple pages.
There are four basic steps involved in the process of creating a configurable product page in your Magento store. These are as follows –
1. Add Required Attribute Options
Many attributes come preconfigured along with the platform, however, if the attribute you require doesn’t exist you can create new attributes by going to Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes. Then, click the “New Attribute” button visible in the top right corner of your Magento admin panel.
2. Create Magento Attribute Sets
3. Create Simple Products that are Configurable
If a Tshirt has the option of long or short sleeves, and with or without logo. A simple product will need to be created for each combination: 1) Long Sleeve + Logo 2) Long Sleeve – Logo 3) Short Sleeve + Logo 4) Short Sleeve – Logo, meaning four simple products in total.
4. Adding a Configurable Product
And that’s it! You’re done. Now, return to the front end of your storefront to check the configurable product listing. The layout of the page will be entirely dependant on the theme and plugin used for your website.
Stuck, and need further assistance? Please don’t hesitate to call.