Adding Custom Product Options in Magento – Video

In this video, we are going to add custom options to a product in Magento. This is an easy way to add choices for sizes and/or colors to a product. Before the custom options were introduced in Magento 1.1, adding sizes and colors was very time consuming and sometimes confusing for users. Attributes needed to be created and then an attribute set was created from those attributes. Then a product needed to be created for each size, color and any other options. For example, if you had a shirt with 4 sizes and 4 colors, you would need to create 8 products, then create one configurable product that included all 8 of those products. Even with the duplicate product option, it is still very time consuming.

There a couple of drawbacks to using custom options over attributes. First of all, Magento only keeps track of the main product for inventory. Let’s say you have different sizes of the same shirt. Magento will not keep track of the inventory for each size. Second of all, calculating shipping cost based on weight could be a problem. You can only enter one weight for the main product. For example, if you have different size options for a product and the larger size weighs more, there isn’t anyway to add a different weight for that product. Those are the only drawbacks I have found so far.

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About Jeffrey Horen

I am the owner of Excelnet Media. We are a full service, one stop interactive web agency building extraordinary websites with extraordinary customer service for extraordinary clients.


  1. Very Good article


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