I have a bunch of data I need to store against a product when importing from another system. These can be things like Arm Length, SomeOther Property.

What is the best way to store this information in Magento based on the fact I need to:

  1. Be able to update the values regularly (the products will be re-imported to update them).
  2. Be able to see the values in the product section in Magento.

Initially I tried creating a group called My Options against the default Attribute Set and adding each of my options as an attribute against that group however, if I need to add more attributes to a product, adding them to the My Options section in the Default set doesn't add them to the existing product.

Can anyone offer some advice please?

  • Are you using Magmi?
    – andyjv
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 15:26
  • Sorry, what is Magmi? (That would be a No though I guess).
    – webnoob
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 15:37
  • Magmi is a super-useful tool to import products, and could help you with your attribute problem. More questions: are the attributes not showing on the product in the front-end or back-end? Is your "my options" group showing up on those products in the backend?
    – andyjv
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 15:45
  • Ok, well no I am not. All I need to know is how to store this information. I can work the code out from that.
    – webnoob
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 15:49
  • I believe he asks about magmi because if you create the new attribute and place it in your attribute set, it should 'create' but not 'assign a value for' that attribute to existing products. Then you could use magmi to do mass updates of the new attributes to existing products.
    – willboudle
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 19:40

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I have added a section against the default attribute set and added all my options to that. On import, I then add any new ones and just update the product attributes like I would normally.

The key is adding the attributes before doing the stock import (or at least before saving the product).

This seems to work well for me.

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