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Magento Team and Community,
This weekend my company embarked on our first production site using Magento. Until now, we had thought everything looked great and was a solid framework. It is, I must add. Then we stumbled onto something that might potentially be a rather large issue. Product attributes. I know this subject has been mentioned in other areas, however, I would like to ask for some help.
Magento treats every product as an entity, which is fine, until you begin offering multiple sizes, multiple colors, and the dreaded add-on pieces. For instance, if I needed to provide customers with the option of adding additional side pockets for $15 dollars, I would have to create this product in all sizes and colors. The exponential weight of this process can have detrimental affects on the database.
I love Magento and want to use this framework. I have noticed a grouped product option on the roadmap. Does anybody have any insight as to when this might be released? Or, until such time, does anybody know of a workaround? When I told my bosses that switching to Magento will require an expansion of 10,000 products to >50,000 product entries, i felt pretty sheepish.
I genuinely appreciate Varien and the Magento product, thanks guys.
I feel your pain sir, and I have a hunch that we’re selling the same products with additional side pockets I won’t mention anything though, it’s a high stakes game!
I’ve calculated the number of simple products that would be needed to handle my line of configurables, and it hits somewhere in the range of 30,000 simple products to handle our ~20 configurables. Like you said, it is exponential. Every time you add another option, the number of possibilities doubles.
From reading what was said about Bundles, I do think they will handle both of our problems. It’s really unfortunate that magento was built from the ground up without options in mind. Head over to osCommerce and take a look at how they handle attributes. Not only can you easily add them to your product, but you can even select whether you’d like them to be a dropdown, radio button, check box, or text box.
I can only assume the magento team has looked at the competition before creating their software, and so it’s confusing to me that they wouldn’t have kept product customization in mind. I guess I feel like configurable products should have been at the forefront, and not put in as an afterthought.
That being said, the magento framework looks and runs so much better than any of the competition. In my case, I’m pretty sure we’re planning on using osCommerce until the Bundles package is released for magento, and then migrating our products over. In the mean time, we will keep a Magento shop up for the purpose of selling our non-configurable products.
Magento really is far superior to the competition, and that’s why it’s really confusing to me that they wouldn’t have built their framework from the ground up with easily configurable products in mind.