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If you view WordPress as the most popular CMS, then Magento definitely has the distinction of being the most popular CMS option for eCommerce.  Some of the biggest brands such as Olympus, Samsung and Nike all use Magento and so do millions of other eCommerce brands across the globe.  As well as looking at how you can create a custom Magento attribute set, we’ll also consider some of the top reasons to use Magento.

Magento is Open Source

The community edition of Magento is free.  You can easily install, alter or use this Magento.  Also, if you have a Magento expert at your side, you’ll easily be able to supercharge the code in Magento and power your eCommerce site with new and exciting features, including improved functionality thanks to additional extensions.

Built for eCommerce

While WordPress is now considered to be a full-blown CMS, it isn’t actually specifically built for eCommerce.  Conversely, Magento is built for eCommerce.  Magento comes preloaded with scores of impressive features and specifications needed to create a top-quality eCommerce site.

Highly Scalable

One of the main benefits of using Magento id that it will continue to grow and evolve alongside your business.  Regardless of the specific enhancements or eCommerce features you require, Magento never fails to surprise you.

Creating Custom Attribute Sets in Magento

If you’re new to Magento, you may not be familiar with an attribute set.  Here, we’ll talk you through the process of creating custom attribute sets.

Attribute Sets

Have you ever scrolled through an online store that offers rows and rows of pictures of the same product, with the different products only discernible by size or colour? If your answer to this is yes, then you definitely need to consider using a custom Magento attribute set.

Say you have a range of t-shirts in exotic colours.  When a customer on your eCommerce site selects this product, you will need both a product description and a single image that offers either a check box or dropdown list with your different colour options.

This is easy to achieve in Magento!  One of the difficult steps to complete is working out how to list your attributes so that the overall shopping experience is far easier and more straightforward.  Check out our step-by-step guide to creating a custom Magento attribute set below.

Step 1 – Creating Your Attribute

Firstly, you will need to navigate to your Attributes section.  From there, you can click to add a new attribute.  You will be able to name your custom Magento attribute and then set the parameters/scope.  It’s important that you name your attribute as you want it to appear on the frontend of your site.  Also, you should add some option values.

Step 2 – Attribute Set

Use the default attribute set first time to help keep it simple.  You can then drag your new attribute into the left panel Groups and then hit the save button.

Step 3 – Reindex

Your next step will be to reindex the required indexes on your site.

Step 4 – Check your Work

Lastly, you should navigate to Manage Products.  From there you can add a product and you should then be able to see your net attribute in the list of input field options.  Once that is selected, your work should be complete and you will have successfully created a Magento custom attribute set.