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Child Products - What are they and how do I set them up?
What are child products? This is often asked and more importantly, how do I create them? So what are child products? Child products belong to a parent product. The parent product can never be bought, it is just a container for a product e.g. You have a product that can be bought as a physical product and a downloadable product (Such as an audio CD).
Using normal products you would then have 2 duplicate products, essentially the same, the only difference; one is downloadable the other is physically delivered. So in your browse page you would have 2 products the same. Using child products, you would create a a parent product which has all the relevant information and images. You would then create 2 child products. The first being a physical product with a price of say $10, then you would create a second child product. This would also have a downloable file associated and a price of $5. So when the customer now selects the parent product, they will have 2 choices. 1 buy the physical product pay for shipping and await delivery or buy the downloadable product finish the checkout and recieve a download link.
This is just one example. The next section I will explain how to set up child products.
So, how do we set up a product to become a parent product?
1. Create your product.
Create your product as you would any other product. This would include a base price or lowest price, include your description any images etc.
2. Add Atribute.
There are 2 ways to do this. If you are editing the product select add attribute from the icons.
Or slect the products menu as below.
This will bring up a screen for entering the attribute name. Below is the update screen, this is the same as the screen to add a new item.
You can do this as many times as you like e.g. you could also add another one for size. See Next Page