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Adding Attributes to Configurable Products in Magento
July 25, 2018
In this lesson, let’s add some attributes to a configurable product in Magento.
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A configurable product, if you need a refresher, is one that provides your customer with a variety of options to choose from – say, for example, a shirt that has several colors, sizes, and cuts. Your customer sees one product in the catalog, but as the shop admin you know that each configuration can be modified separately in the back end.
From time to time, you may need to create a new configurable product or modify an existing one. And one of the most common tasks you’ll have to perform is adding attributes to these configurable products.
To get started, you’ll need to use the navigation menu to browse to Catalog, and then Products.
If you’re adding a new configurable product, click on the Add Product drop-down and select Configurable Product. Or, if you’re editing an existing configurable product, you can use the Filter system to view only configurable products, or you could do a search by SKU to find a specific product.
Once you are in the product editing screen, you will find a button near the top of your screen that says Add Attribute.
That button will open up the Add Attribute window. You have several options here:
In this example, we’ll add a brand new attribute. To do this, click on the Create New Attribute button.
The New Attribute window will appear, and you’ll have several pieces of information to enter.
Then there are several advanced attribute features that you can activate.
Magento usually provides a blurb describing what these features can do, so pay attention to any text that appears below each option. You can use the features to set a default value for your attribute – say, for example, you want the color blue to be the default value for your Color attribute. You could set that here. You can also use these features to force this attribute to be unique – in other words, no other product will be allowed to share this attribute. Again, you may not need to use all of these features, but depending on the complexity of your shop they can be very helpful!
But wait! We’re not quite done! There are additional Storefront Properties that you can set up.
Here are some tips on using these features:
Finally! You may not have used all of these features, but when you’re finished setting up your attribute just click the Save Attribute button.
Note that if you’d like to save this attribute to an Attribute Set, there’s a button for that too.
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