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A really basic question, but I've read a lot about not just using the default attributes set. What are the benefits (both the the customer and in the back end) of having multiple attribute sets by product type, apart from LH filters?

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Attribute sets are actually very important. It's crucial for performance (especially the layered navigation) that your products only have attributes relevant to their type.

Here is a bit more reading about it: http://inchoo.net/magento/importance-of-planning-attribute-sets/

  • Thanks for this. We have an extension (Amasty) for the front end filters so would this overcome it? Is there anything we won't be able to do if we stick with the default attributes? – Caroline Aug 21 '15 at 14:41
  • There is nothing you won't be able to do, but you will find that your back-end won't be well organized and that the whole experience won't be as optimised as it could be. I don't think there would be any issue with Amasty but I wouldn't really recommend their module anyway – Mayers Aug 21 '15 at 14:54
  • @Mayers curious what you have against improved navigation extension? – ladle3000 Aug 24 '15 at 0:37
  • I think the layered navigation is like the checkout, the less you touch it, the better. There are some good LN extensions out there, but the one from Amasty wouldn't get my votes – Mayers Aug 24 '15 at 8:54
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    @ladle3000 I have seen what's under the hood, and not a big fan of how some stuff have been implemented, and I dread some impact on performance. But I don't disagree, it seems to do the job. – Mayers Aug 24 '15 at 12:48

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