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Some Thoughts about Configurable Product in Magento 2

As you know, configurable product is a popular kind of product in Magento 2. However, the display of configurable products in frontend of Magento 2 site still has several drawbacks, so in this blog, we will share about these cons and offer solutions for these.

First of all, the Magento default provides selecting option display for configurable products which makes customers inconveniently order products and review. Customers have to choose each custom option and quantity per child product before adding to cart, so they cannot add multiple simple products to the shopping cart at one if they want a large number of products.

selecting option display for configurable product

Secondly, the default configurable product only allows showing SKU and availability of configurable products, not children products. As you can see in the picture below, stock status and SKU belong to configurable product, not its children products, hence, customers cannot know whether children products are still available for sale, or which child product is sold out. These not only leads some confusing but causes inconvenience for customers.

default display SKU and availability

Moreover, price is also a need-to-optimize issue. Currently, the default of Magento will show the lowest price of the associated product, but sometimes a lot of store owners want to display the highest one. As the above picture, that is the lowest price of children product, so how are other different price children product displayed? How could customers know about price of each child product? The only answer is no, they couldn’t, because the default does not support.

Furthermore, the lowest special price of child product will be displayed as below:

default display price

If customers visit your product page, they see that special price, obviously they cannot know exactly which child product is discounted, or they may misunderstand that all children product would have this special price. Of course, as an online store owner, you don’t want to let it happen.

Finally, the default of configurable product in Magento 2 does not support automatic subtotal. It only sums up after adding products to cart, and then checking it out in the shopping cart. This issue totally needs to be optimized because customers need to have an overall view of their order and price to make buying decision. With the default configuration, they have to check total in the shopping cart after adding items. Now let’s image when they want to continue shopping, they have to come back to product page to choose items again, is that very annoying and really lost time, right?

Therefore, as we discussed, these drawbacks of default configurable product in Magento 2 cause customers inconvenience in order process. So we recommend using Configurable Product Grid Table View for Magento 2 extension to optimize the display of configurable products.

Have a look at this image:

configurable product grid table view for magento 2

The extension provides a grid table view, which will be a better idea for configurable product instead of the selecting option display. With the professional table including all associated products, customers can easily both add all children products to cart at once and follow availability of products when stock status and number of stock can be configured in the backend.

As we have said above about price, a need-to-optimize issue, Configurable Product Grid Table View completely satisfy these online store owners by supporting showing unit price and price range.

- Display price range for the configurable products. This range is determined by the lowest and highest one among prices of children products.

-  Unit price of children products will be shown in the grid table. Besides, admin can choose to show only when children products have different prices. Furthermore, the extension supports to display special price for each child product in the table.

Total amount problem will be solved at ease with automatically calculate total amount feature when selecting quantities of products in the table. Additionally, the extension can show total quantity and price in details at the bottom of the grid table, so customers easily overall review their order.

Therefore, using Configurable Product Grid Table View for Magento 2 extension will provide a better professional display for configurable product in Magento 2 and obviously bring more benefits for sale.

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