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First I have added the simple products and then a configurable product using the simple products.

Is it necessary to add both simple product and configurable product to the category where the product should be shown?

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  • no it is not....but ideally it should be... – Siddharth Vaghasia Jul 9 '15 at 17:55
  • In order to work with it first you should understand what are the different product types available in magento and how does it work. follow these links to get basic understanding of it. merch.docs.magento.com/ce/user_guide/… Once you have understanding on these you can just play around with different product types. Cheers ! – rajatsaurastri Jul 9 '15 at 18:08
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If your Configurable product consist from simple products that you don't want to be available in frontend you can put Visibility of Simple Products to Not Visible Individually and you don't need to include them to the Category which contain configurable products.

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It is indeed necessary to add associated simple products to the category of the parent configurable product only if you are going to define catalog price rules based on conditions around categories and are using the SCP extension.

This was at least one case where I found it necessary. If a price rule was configured on the basis of a category, then it would not apply to the associated simple products if they were not directly assigned to the category, notwithstanding that the configurable product was a category member.

However, if you are NEVER going to use the catalog price rules with category conditions and the SCP extension, then I did not find any other case which made this step seem necessary.

This is my experience based on Magento CE 1.9.2+

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You need to add the category in the configurable product.

No need to add category in the products associated with it.

This applies to the description of the products as well.

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