Configurable product may not be a strange concept to Magento store owner. This is a common product type used in Magento online store.
We can understand that configurable product is a collection of single products that have at least one mutual attribute; or it can be understood to be a single product with lists of options for each variation. In general, configurable product has complicated components and it is hard to display it visually. How to give customers a complete and eye-catching view of configurable product become a necessary question.
In default Magento, customers can select options of each attribute from a drop-down list. Only after choosing one option for each attribute, they can see price, tier price and availability status of the child product.
It is easy to recognize drawbacks of this setting. Firstly, customers cannot see price, tier price and availability status of product in advance. Instead, they only can see these information after choose option for configurable product. Secondly, customers are also not allowed to add different child products with different attributes to cart at one time. Furthermore, they cannot know the total payment if not go to shopping cart. These inconvenience can make customers easy to quit in the middle of purchasing process.
Knowing the demand of giving customers the most comfortable purchasing experience, we have developed extensions to make a breakthrough in configurable product displaying. Now you can get better display for configurable product.
1. Pro Configurable Product Grid Table View Extension
You can find more powerful functions in the advanced edition of this extension: Pro Configurable Product Grid Table View Extension.
You can set price for particular child product without depending on price of configurable product. Besides, you can add tier price to each simple product based on quantity range.
Color swatch is another added significant feature of this version. You can add color swatch function to each child product, so customer can review color before making purchasing decision. A thumbnail image will be automatically displayed when they click to each color option.
Both above extensions already have many advantage compared to Magento default, however, let think about the case that your product has too many options for each attribute. Imagine a very very large table with 100 rows to show 10 colors and 10 size. It will confuse your customers a lot.
2. Configurable Product Matrix View Extension
With this extension, each child product will display in a cell of table with options of 2 attributes displayed in row and column.
- Add to cart multiple child products at one time
- See total payment right on product page
- Be able to contain many options of each contribute
- Work with maximum 2 attributes
- Difficult to display price, tier price, stock number of each child product
So, in which situation should you choose this extension? The answer is when most of your configurable products have the same price and tier price, so you do not need to show them in the matrix view, and when each attribute of your product has so many options that grid view cannot display neatly.
We are updating this extension to remove shortcomings. A pop-up will open to make clear each child product when customers click to the cell. A dropdown or additional selection may be the solution for third attribute if necessary. Wait for the advanced edition in upcoming time.
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3. Configurable Product Table Ordering Extension
The most updated version - Configurable Product Table Ordering Extension will provides a much more professional and simple table to display attributes of configurable product. This is the combination of table and tab to make the table less complicated. Options of the first attribute are shown in tab and options of the second attribute will be shown in table correspondingly. Customers choose each option in the attribute tab first and then select options in the table to make complete children products
+ Information of each child product is displayed visually and easy to customize in admin
+ Avoid too large table in case products have a great number of option
+ Add to cart one time for all wanted child products
+ When prices and tier prices of child products are the same, admin can show them in a seperate table
+ Admin can choose to calculate tier price based on total qty of child products or not
+ Haing shortened qty table based on options of the first attribute
+ Color swatch function
+ Not display all child products at one time (customers must choose at least one option in advance)
+ Not suitable for products with more than 3 attributes
So, you should use this extension when configurable product has 2 attributes which has a considerable number of options, or you want to set up a different method to calculate tier price. Last but not least, if you want a neat and logical appearance for your site, this extension is a solution for you.
The Bottom Line
There is a wide range of choice for you to get better display for configurable product. Depending on your own demand, take one of these extensions for your Magento online store and experience the difference.