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Configurable Product: Step 4 - Add the Associated Products


Creating an Attribute Set This article describes the final part of the process of creating a Configurable product for your Magento Go store. In this step, you will add associated products to the Configurable product record for each variation. You don’t have to create the product records in advance, because they can be generated automatically from within the Configurable product record, using one of the following methods:

  • Quick Simple Product Creation
  • Create Empty
  • Copy From Configurable

Each associated product is based on the same Attribute Set that was used to create the Configurable product record, and becomes a separate Simple product in your catalog.

Here’s Where to Begin:

  1. From the Configurable product record, in the Product Information panel on the left, select the last option, Associated Products.
  2. Then, use one of the following methods to add associated products.

Method 1: Quick Simple Product Creation

This method automatically creates the associated product records and optionally, assigns a Name and SKU to each one.

  1. In the Quick Simple Product Creation section, make sure that the Autogenerate checkbox is selected for Name and SKU. This optional setting adds the name and SKU from each associated product to those of the configurable product.
  2. Complete these fields as follows:
    1. Enter the Weight.
    2. Set Status to “Enabled.”
    3. Set Visibility to “Not Visible Individually.”
      This setting prevents the associated product variations from being listed as separate products in your catalog.
    Quick Simple Product Creation
    Quick Simple Product Creation

  3. To complete the fields for the drop-down lists, do the following:
    1. Select the value you need from each list to create the first product.
    2. Enter the Qty,, and set Stock Availability to “In Stock.”
    3. Click the Quick Create button to create the associated product record.
    Repeat this step for the values needed for each associated product.  As each associated products is created, it is added to the list at the bottom of the page.

Method 2: Create Empty

This method opens a blank Product Information form, which you can complete for each associated product.

  1. In the Create Simple Associated Product section, click the Create Empty button.  A pop-up window with a blank Product Information form appears.
  2. Complete the required fields as you would for any Simple product.
  3. Click the Save button to add the associated product to the Configurable product record.

Method 3: Copy from Configurable

This method opens a Product Information form that contains the values already entered for the Configurable product.  The only fields that need to be completed are the Name, SKU, and values for each drop-down list.

  1. In the Create Simple Associated Product section, click the Copy From Configurable button. A pop-up window with the basic Product Information from the Configurable product appears.
  2. Complete the following required fields:
    • SKU
    • Weight
  3. Complete the fields with values for each drop-down list.
  4. Click the Save button to add the associated product to the Configurable product record.

Increasing the Default Price

You can use the Super Products Attributes section to increase the default price of an associated product. The price of the associated product will continue to appear in the Admin panel. From the store, the item will have a zero value unless you enter a new price as either a fixed amount or as a percentage of the default price of the Configurable product.

Super Product Attribute Configuration
Super Product Attributes Configuration

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