Have you ever browsed an online store that has rows and rows of pics of the same product, each product differing only by size or colour?
That's why you need attribute sets!
Say that you have a range of exotic condoms in exotic colours. Like:
When a customer selects this product you need a single image and product description, that has a dropdown or check box list with the four colur options listed.
Easy to do in Magento! What's hard to do properly is to work out how to list your attributes that will make shopping easier. Getting your product types (attributes) right takes time, so think hard and ask your customer before setting them up as explained below!
Navigate to: Attributes – Manage Attributes
Go to: Manage Label Options
Use the default attribute set to keep it simple.
Drag your new attribute from the right panel – Unassigned Attributes to a suitable position in the left panel Groups.
Save the attribute set.
Navigate to System – Index Management, and reindex the required indexes.
Navigate to Manage Products
Your work should be done.
Now you can add or import some products!
If you want to do a Magmi import – there is a special EXCEL import format that once saved as a csv file, will automatically create your configurable products. You can find it here: