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So I have an online printing shop, each of my products can have different variations which can adjust the price, such as "Print type", "Coating", "Round corners", "Size" & etc...

As far as I know for being able to make different variations of a product (let's say a business card), I have to add all the different type of variations as a product, then add it to my product display.

It works fine in this way but I have a lot of variations, Imagine if a customer wants a business card with no round corners with the rest as default options (1 product that I have to add), the next customer wants a rounded corner (second product) and the list goes on and in this situation I have to add more than 1000 product which is just a overkill.

I'd like to know if there's a better solution for product-variations and my issue.

  • Move any customizations that don't affect SKU or stock to the line item level, and expose them on the add to cart form. Should help you cut down on the number of variations. – Bojan Zivanovic Jul 22 '15 at 9:32
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Commerce Bulk Product Creation

Consider using the Commerce Bulk Product Creation module. Excerpt from its project page:

... facilitates the creation of groups of related products in bulk. Product administrators can select a number of options for various fields, and a product will be created for all possible combinations of these values. Out of the box, only list fields are supported for this, but an API exists to enable other types of fields for 'combination creation'.

Attention: this module doesn't have an official release yet (only an RC6), though with over 1.600 reported installs, it seems it is pretty stable / trustworthy.

Commerce Backoffice

Another option to consider is using the Commerce Backoffice module, e.g. because of the auto creation of product display nodes. It provides the backoffice functionality present in Commerce Kickstart (V2), and contains these sub-modules:

  • Commerce Backoffice Product (commerce_backoffice_product).
  • Commerce Backoffice Order (commerce_backoffice_order).
  • Commerce Backoffice Content (commerce_backoffice_content).

This module (and a few dependencies) provides the rich store owner experience that has made Commerce Kickstart 2 so popular (and prevents that you have to install the entire Commerce Kickstart distribution). And there is a great video introduction about it also.

Note: if you use Commerce Backoffice, you most probably also want to use the Shiny administration theme, also used in Commerce Kickstart (V2).

  • Thanks for the detailed answer Pierre, but my question is about the workload of data-entry, I know that Commerce BO helps with the Product Display part but I still have to add an entire different product because one simple change in an option, like having a different size, so later on I can add it to the product display. – Gus Jul 21 '15 at 8:58
  • I understand your "pain", but maybe it helps you're not the ony one. Give me some time to think AbitMORE about this. I wonder (have to do some reaseach) if there could be a way using the "rules" module, something like "if a term gets added to some taxonomy" (event) then "create a corresponding product (maybe by cloning it from some kind of 'template')" (action) – Pierre.Vriens Jul 21 '15 at 9:05
  • Thanks Pierre, I think theoretically there should be a module that gives you a functionality to define different sets of Options and then you can add it to certain products, for example a Business Card Product can have up to 100 different options that you can add to it. it's still a bit of overload but I can't come up with any better solution, even theoretically! Cheers bro. – Gus Jul 22 '15 at 10:25
  • OK, I gave it some more thought, refer to my updated answer (added commerce_bpc now). Curous to hear if that helps ... – Pierre.Vriens Jul 25 '15 at 18:55

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