Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
Have you tried setting up one item with all the attributes and then using the "copy to" feature to duplicate the item ?
What is the "copy to" feature - I can't immediately find anything called that..
On the categories/products page in admin, when you have a product selected, there is a "copy to" button. This allows you to make a copy of an existing product under a new ID, possibly in a new category. You can then edit it as needed..
I recommend the contribution I pointed to. It adds a series of checkboxes to the product edit page making it easy to select which attributes you want for a given product...
Thanks for your help. I have looked at the various links and the "alternative attributes" contribution. They might all help a little bit..
But the basic problem on thinking about it is that the original system and all the modifications seem directed towards a situation where many different products have the same potential attribute values. In our situation, the attribute value "forrest green" (for a shade) is one of several hundred potential shades, each one pertaining to just one yarn. I can't see that we can have several hundred check-boxes. Even if we did it would involve so much going backwards and forwards between the attributes page and the product page..
In our previous system the attribute values for a given product-attribute went in in one simple comma-separated list on the product page - press a button and there they all were. My wife (who will be doing this sort of maintenance) is reluctant to take on the huge increase in work that adding these attributes in osCommerce with or without the suggested mods..
I think the only solution is to add some code to the catalog page that enables a system like our old one, and adds an entry in the sql attribute table for each shade for each product separately. My PHP can probably be got up to speed enough to do that, if perhaps not to the standard required for contributions, etc..
Do you know of any reason why that should not work?..
Question about the copy function and attributes....
Are the attributes supposed to copy? Mine don't...
I've just come to a juddering halt in a trial of using osCommerce for our e-store selling knitting yarns..
The problem is that each yarn comes in something between 6 and 25 shades..
In our previous system you just typed in the shades for each yarn and there they were..
In osCommerce we seem to have to add all the possible shades to the attributes list (either all together or we could have a different attribute for the shades for each yarn). Then we have to add each shade to each yarn separately. If this is really all you can do then it is going to be just too slow in practice. (Specially since you seem to have to find each attribute value in a list of all attribute values - which will be several hundred entries.).
What seems to be needed is a button that just says to add all recorded values of a given attribute to a given product..
Is there any way round this, other than writing a new product_attributes.php?..