Create Configurable Product from Custom Option (Enterprise Edition only!)
If you have Store Manager for Magento Enterprise Edition, and there are some simple products with custom options (drop-down type only!), you are able to generate a configurable product with one click.
To perform this, select necessary items from the grid and call the context menu. In the drop-down list select the required action.
The first screen shows the main preconditions of configurable products generating. Choose necessary options to each field, listed in the form:
Images will be generated for all products (configurable and associated simple ones) at once, if you select the "Generate images to all products" field.
"Set "Visibility" for simple products" - visibility means how simple products, associated to configurable, will be reflected at the store: "Not Visible Individually", visible only in "Catalog", visible only during "Search" or "Catalog, Search".
"Set "Visibility" for configurable product(s)" - allows to display configurable products at the store, depending on the option you chose: "Not Visible Individually", visible in "Catalog", in "Search", in "Catalog, Search".
"Set "Status" for configurable product(s) - make configurable products available at the store by choosing "Enabled" or hide such products from the main store page selecting "Disabled".
Apply price based on custom options - if a custom option has price mark-up, the price of a created simple product will be generated with regard to the mark-up.
Then press [OK] to proceed.
You start the process of configurable product generating, which you can monitor via pop-up messenger.
Depending on the number of custom options and their variants, the main configurable product and the simple ones will be created. For example, we have one custom option that contains 3 values and another one with 4 values in accordance. Then the program generates one configurable product and 12 simple products.
You can see the new tab in the lower grid of "Product Data" called "Associated products". It includes a list of simple products with the possibility to specify the necessary price values for each one of them.
You can perform following operations with the top toolbar:
< - To add simple items to the relevant configurable product they should have a unique set of attributes and they should not be already assigned to this configurable product in the "Associated Products" list.
< - To edit available product associations press the [Edit] button in current tag’s toolbar.
< - To remove all relations between configurable and associated (simple) product(s), press the corresponding button on the top toolbar.
To be able to see associated products list partly, only with the specific configurable attribute, press the corresponding button. Select necessary check boxes and press [OK] to save your choice.
In order to create a new associated product in the list of existing, press the corresponding button on the toolbar:
The main difference between this form of new product creation and the main form is the presence of additional tab called "One Click Configurable Group", where you can choose required values for associated products. There are attributes that were processed during configurable product generation. In our case, these are capacity and speed attributes and their values.
The newly-created product with the corresponding attribute details, which you have specified, will replenish the associated list.
There is also the possibility to copy data from configurable product and create on their basis the associated one. To do so click the top toolbar’s button. You can replace or add necessary details and click the [OK] button to save changes.
In order to go directly to the product in the product grid, press the corresponding button atop.
The [Filter] button helps to reflect only items you need in the Product Grid. To do this, select associated product(s) from the list and click the filter button:
You can choose all or few associated products to filter.
The new filter option will be created among the other filter's drop-down parameters and will be called "Associated products for product ID=..."
To adjust or automatically resize columns widths, click the corresponding buttons:
In the "Attribute" section of Store Manager, you can see "One Click Configurable Group" with the specified attributes terms in it.
Note: If there are fields with non-Latin characters, Store Manager cannot proceed with generation. For this reason, you will get the following message from the software:
If you accept an offer, Store Manager will create configurable attribute code itself by using the code generator. That will be as follows:
Preview the next video tutorial about conversion simple items with custom options into the configurable ones by using Store Manager features: