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Let's say I have 100 products.

Product Number 6 has 15 related products.

These 16 products (15 plus Product Number 6) should all be related to each other.

Is there a method or extension that allows me to have the selected products automatically related to each other?

I asked this question and don't really understand if this can be done with my scenario.

  • What is special about those 15/16 products? If they were in a category together couldn't you just display products from the same category? – philwinkle Jul 10 '13 at 20:27
  • My company sells oriental carpets. It would be nice to have, for example, 4' x 6' Hamadan carpets related to each other. 5' x 7' Hamadan carpets related to each other. 4' x 6' Tabriz carpets. 8' x 10' Kashans. The category they fall under is traditional. I could, of course, create a hidden category for each of these, however, that would be also be quite a lot of work. I did find an extension that seems to be able to create rules to relate products, but I have not yet got it working to post it as an answer. – Raphael Rafatpanah Jul 10 '13 at 20:50
  • The way we handle this in large catalogs is to use categorization (as you put it, 'hidden' categories) and then let Magento display products from those categories. If you're using Magento Enterprise (I'm guessing you're not) this is a built-in feature. There are also plugins on Connect as you already know. – philwinkle Jul 10 '13 at 20:53
  • Let's say that I have all my products correctly in these 'hidden' categories like you have it set up. Each hidden category has products that are related to each other product in that category. Do you have to go to each product and add that categories' contents as related products? What if a new product gets added? – Raphael Rafatpanah Jul 10 '13 at 21:04
  • Or does the built in feature auto-update the newly added products? – Raphael Rafatpanah Jul 10 '13 at 21:05
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Magento Enterprise allows you to create dynamic rules for relations between products. If you are using community edition, keep in mind performance issues. Advices to use categories to show related products are right.

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I know this is kind of old, but in the meantime I developed a FREE extension that allows you to manage product relations easier.
It does not work exactly how you need it, by relating the products 2 ways when setting a relation in the backend, but it allows you to specify manually or through an import a list of product ids or skus that should be related among themselves.

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