I am testing out import a product as I will be setting up quite a large amount of skus.
everything is working on this one configurable product I am testing on which has 15 skus.
The issue I have is, that the order the skus were imported is not correct. so the sizing is being displayed out of order to the user.
This is due to the way I imported the skus no doubt. but I figured no big deal I will just set the position of the attributes and surely that would work!?
But nope it seems to have no effect on the order of the attributes on the configurable product page.
Is this normal magento behaviour or something to do with my theme?
If you're talking about the attribute options in a dropdown, then you'll need to edit the attribute directly. The ordering is done in the same location that you specify the labels for the attribute options.
If you're talking about the ordering of the dropdowns themselves, then you'll need to use the "attribute set" editor to reorder the attributes.
lastly, you have the custom attributes on a product, so which kind of attributes are you talking about?
I have the attributes being displayed as swatches.
the attributes I am trying to sort are alpha sizes. ex: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, etc.
I have added the order numbers to the attribute options but they have no effect on the sorting of the swatches, or if I change back to dropdowns no effect on the sorting of them within the dropdown either.
This is a configurable product so its really about sorting the simple products more so than the attributes I guess?
Right now it is sorting by product ID.
Unless your theme has been modified it wasn't designed to sort by the product IDs of simple products. Can you post a screenshot of the attribute labels, attribute code and then send me a link to the page in question.
Here are the options in admin:
Here is what I see on the front end:
Here is the product:
I would suspect that the problem would be with your theme. Can you disable your theme and enable the default magento theme and then screenshot these swatches for me.
I contact the developer of the theme to see if it was related and was informed that it is actually a bug in magento.
This is actually consistent with what I have been reading online. The developer also linked me to this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27270918/magento-1-9-1-not-sorting-configurable-product-attribute...
Alright perfect! Based off of the solution offered at stackexchange I've created the patch file for you and a step-by-step guide to apply it. It's super easy, just click here: Sorting Configurable Product Attribute Options and Dropdowns