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Can Magento have simple products in category view but by clicking them end up at the detail page of the configurable product? 
 
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So this is the case: a client has T-shirts in 5 different colors. The easy way is to have them as simple product within a configurable product. But then only the configurable product is shown in the catalog.
The client wants to show all color versions of the T within the catalog, but when clicking one, end up at the configurable product page. Is this possible, or is there a plugin or a technical workaround?

 
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In the normal scenario you would then select “Nowhere” in the Simple Products’ visibility. Only the Configurable products is set to show in Search and Catalog.

In your case, you’d have the Simple Products show as normal and perhaps the Configurable one only in Search. You can then use the URL rewrite management to redirect the Simple Products to the Configurable Product. Not the cleanest method, but involves no hacking and does the job.

 
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J.T. - 11 May 2010 05:59 AM

In the normal scenario you would then select “Nowhere” in the Simple Products’ visibility. Only the Configurable products is set to show in Search and Catalog.

In your case, you’d have the Simple Products show as normal and perhaps the Configurable one only in Search. You can then use the URL rewrite management to redirect the Simple Products to the Configurable Product. Not the cleanest method, but involves no hacking and does the job.

How would get the simple product to redirect like that?

I have tried changing the url rewrite management but it wont redirect but instead tack on an extra set of numbers so it just opens to the original simple product instead of the configurable I want it to be.

 
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Mitchh12 - 03 August 2012 03:08 PM

J.T. - 11 May 2010 05:59 AM
In the normal scenario you would then select “Nowhere” in the Simple Products’ visibility. Only the Configurable products is set to show in Search and Catalog.

In your case, you’d have the Simple Products show as normal and perhaps the Configurable one only in Search. You can then use the URL rewrite management to redirect the Simple Products to the Configurable Product. Not the cleanest method, but involves no hacking and does the job.

How would get the simple product to redirect like that?

I have tried changing the url rewrite management but it wont redirect but instead tack on an extra set of numbers so it just opens to the original simple product instead of the configurable I want it to be.

Hello,

Here is an extension that can do that: http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/pre-select-colors-plus-swatches.html

Let me know if you have any questions!

 
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Color Swatches Pro extension is a Magento color selector module which presents configurable products on a new level by animating boring text attributes. Be creative in presenting products to stand out in competitive crowd.
-Use images for attributes selection
-Let customers buy configurables from category pages
-Reload product images, name and description with AJAX
-View image details with elegant zoom and lightbox effects
-Takes product page usability to a new level

For more details, user guide and live demo please follow the link http://amasty.com/color-swatches-pro.html

 
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