I am creating a jewellery store in Magento 2, and I am having doubts about the way to best create products.
A worst case scenario product; a ring can come in numerous metals, finger sizes, depths and widths. Just with these options alone I end up with nearly 10,000 simple products for a single configurable product. Each of these options effect the price, weight and image of the product. Excluding finger size, where it only changes the price and weight after a certain point, for example finger sizes between 3 and 8 (US) or F and P (UK) are one price and weight, and sizes between 9 and 13 (US) or Q and Z (UK) are another price and weight.
I plan on having about 4 configurable products around this size, and another 100 or so with slightly less options.
Another issue I am facing is when trying to make a change to the configurable product in the admin panel, my browser tends to crash which I can only assume is down to the 10,000 simple products that are trying to be loaded in to the configurations panel.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how else I can create these products, or any way to improve page size and load time with such large configurable products?
Wow that's a lot of combinations! Have you looked into using Custom Options to a simple product instead? That's a more lightweight way of adding combinations to a product of that scale than creating a massive configurable product.