more of a "how would you" kind of question as I'm hitting a wall with my own ideas.
We have, at present, around 4000 simple products that makeup approximately 20 configurable products. Each simple product has around 5-7 custom options each and the configurable side of the product is used to handle what we call the "big 4" attributes for our business, in this case:
- Lead time
That returns 1 product, obviously, which then has an array of custom options. Currently, managing this is a little tedious, and loading the parent product is slow enough as it is. It's not a scalable solution and as we add more products it's only going to get slower to load and harder to scale. We sell printed items, available in a range of sizes, quantities, on different materials and at different delivery speeds. Once you've established this you then need to choose "optional extras" on the product like finishing methods etc.
Can anyone suggest alternative ways, mainly aimed at site speed and ease of management to achieve a scalable solution? Unfortunately, I've already tried "let's simplify our product offering" and it's a no goer!
Any advice is appreciated as we're about to add nearly 1500 products across our parent items which are going to slow it down even more, not to mention the admin headaches actually making it work in the first place.