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Hi MunchyMonster, I am not 100% sure if I fully understand how the Configurable product work with your options, while I am not certain if you need only 15 simple products, I think Ron’s comment is closer to my understanding.
I set up some Configurable product items yesterday, after the third, I was finally understand how it works and begun to appreciate the way Magento does it with Configurable product. My need is simpler as I only need Colors and Memory Capacity.
On this page, I have the SDHC cards setup Configurable product item, one is 4GB and one is 8GB. I have the base price set to $20.20 which is for 4GB, in the “Associated Products” section, I added $20 for the 8GB, so in the front end, when the 8GB is selected, the price changes to $40.20. With this setup, I need two Simple Products and one configurable product; now, if I need to extend the configurable option, all I need is to create extra attributes with label options, say, if I were to extend the options with the choices you have, I will create (Global) attributes for:
1) Parent attribute for Sizes with label option: Small, Medium, Large
2) (Child) Small attribute with label option: list of 15 available options
3) (Child) Medium attribute with label option: list of 15 available options
4) (Child) Large attribute with label option: list of 25 available options
To make it easier for ‘add product’ task so that my client wont miss it, I then create an ‘Attribute Set’ and name it ‘configurable_product’, then under the ‘GROUPS’, I add a new folder, call it ‘configurable_options’, and drag all the configurable attributes I just created in there.
I can add as many configurable options in Attributes as I see fit, and unless I want to extend the Memory Capacity option for 2GB and 1GB, I will always have two Simple products and One Configurable product for the Kingston’s SDHC Flash Card.
When you create a Configurable Product, you will be asked to select the Configurable Attributes, in your case, you probably will select ‘Sizes’, ‘Small’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Large’.
As I am writing this message, I am beginning to think with each item, you actually need 3 simple prouducts for Small, Medium, Large and one Confirgurable Products, so that will be 15 x 4 = 60 items altogether
How it works is something like this example:
When the size is selected, it presents your customer second option to choose whatever available choices. I imagine it gets tricky and may not even be possible with current Configurable setup if you want user to have multi-select option under each child attribute.
The screen cast of the Configurable Option make simple is great, however, I think that something may not be obvious, at least in my case. Before I see that screen cast, I actually had never seen the “Quick simple product creation” section and the button for “Copy from Configurable” under the “Associated Products” when I created my first Configurable Product.
In order for them to show up, when you add a new configurable product, and enter all needed information, you need to click ‘Save and Continue Edit’ before you go ahead with the “Associated Products”.
Adding two Simple products is easier, all you need is un-select the ‘Autogenerate’ under Name and SKU, and add a word (Small for instance) in the existing Name and SKU, then proceed with the rest of the options, then select ‘Quick Create’., this whole process takes less than a minute so it isn’t too bad. I’d also realized I if I want the Simple Product’s Visibility sets to ‘Nowhere, I don’t need to add images and other information in the Simple Product’s items, the ‘Quick Create’ will duplicate the required fields such as Short description and Description.
I hope this help and Ron or anybody please jump in to correct me if I get anything wrong with how it works.