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[resolved] Adding New Variations (13 posts)

  1. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I have a site at dogni.com. When I add a product, I add several variations, along with variation images, but later, when I decide to add a new variation, when I try to do it, all my previous variations seem to disappear and I have to re-add them all over again. Am I doing this process wrong, is there some way I can do this without losing all my previous work? This is wasting a lot of time and it doesn't make sense that the plugin developer would make it so that you could not add new variations later to an existing product without re-addign all the previous variations all over again. Please someone help!!!

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-e-commerce/

  2. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Hello there,
    Please clarify this for me. For example do you have only 1 Variation class (for example Color) or do you have more vatiation classes (Color, Size, Length) ?

    I have tested like this:
    Variation Class: Color
    Variation Class: Size

    First i added only Color to the product with 3 different options. Saved the options. Everything Ok so far. Now i wanted to add 1 more color to my Color class (Pink).
    What i did was to go to the Variations setup page (Under Products) and add Pink under the Color Variation set. Then i went to the product, variations, Setup tab and i checked the Pink box and it was added to my existing variations WHILE keeping my existing ones.

    Now when you want to add another class for the product, for example Size, WP e-Commerce NEEDS to recreate all variations because it works by making a combination from each different variations that you select.

    So if you have 3 variants for Color and 3 for Size WPEC will generate 3 * 3 total variations. And because it works this way you will have to setup the variation info for each new combination.

    Hope you understand what i`m trying to say here

  3. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    So if you want to add a new variation option to an already existing set of variations, will it reset them? Like if I have red, white, and blue, but want to add pink? Can I add that without losing my existing color variation settings? I have pictures attached to each variation, so that is why this has become a problem. Are you saying that adding a new variation should reset things (such as i have size and color and want to add the new variation of pattern)?

  4. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Not quite sure...
    I believe that if you have more than 1 variation Class for a product, adding another Class will reset them because they need to be recreated using the new Class.

    So if i have currently:
    Product A

    Variation Class: Size
    Variants for Class: Small, Medium, Large

    And now i want to add Color class with for example Red, Blue as Variants t my Color class then the original Size variants will reset because they have to be redone using the Color variation too.

    Sorry but i`m trying to be as clear as i can.

  5. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Yes, that makes sense then. What about jus adding a new class, like I have color and variants of red, blue, and white and want to add pink?

  6. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Then go into Products -> Variations
    In the top box Variation Set make sure to select the Color class as a "parent".

    After that go into the product you want to edit, variations, setup tab and check the box for the new variant for Color.

    I tested this on my first reply here and it did not reset my existing variations added to the product.
    Make a backup in case it "might" reset them for you. ( i was using latest WPEC version .13.2)

    Regards
    Mihai

  7. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Okay thanks. I think the developers should create an addition to this plugin so that existing variations do not get reset (but additional ones get added) if a new variation is added. Because this causes a lot of reworking for my client. I will try your method and see fi it works for me.

  8. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    I know what you mean but at the moment that is how WPEC works.
    By creating combinations of all the variants selected.

    Product A:
    Color (Red, Blue)
    Size (Small, Large)

    will make WPEC reate an adition "4 products":

    Product A (Red, Small)
    Product A (Red, Large)
    Product A (BLue, Small)
    Product A (Blue, Large)

  9. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Okay thanks for your input. That will help me explain to the client.

  10. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Glad i could help.
    At the moment that`s how WPEC works, by associating variation options.

    Regards
    Mihai

  11. twilitegxa
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I have tested it the way you told me you did it, but it's still resetting the previous variations each time. I even tried editing the product after disabling all plugins but the wp-ecommerce one, but it still reset. What else can I do? Maybe I am doing it wrong still? Can I make you a video showing you what I am doing?

  12. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    I`ve recorded a video on how to add a new Variant to an existing variation.
    This will not reset your existing variations.
    Only use it if you have ONLY 1 Variation Class (Ex.: Size) added to a product. If you have Size and Color for example any new addition will reset them.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16683640/Screenshots/2014-01-13_2020.swf

    After recording the above video i tested with Color and Size added to the product. If you have those added but you also now want to add the color Pink to the existing ones then do it as in the video and then add it to the variations. In my test just now the existing variations did not reset and the new variation was added.

    Regards
    Mihai

  13. Mihai
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Just as a note, i was referring to a Variation Set using the Class term.
    Format is like:
    Variation Set (Size)
    - Variant (Small)
    - Variant (Large)
    - Variant (Tiny)

    posting this just to avoid confusion.

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