I'm trying to get my head around what the best data structure in CS-Cart would be in our situation. I hope somebody can point me in the right direction.
Many of our products come with variants, up to 25 variants per Product. We typically present up to 4 columns of information per Variant. Please see sample screenshot enclosed (catalog function, no webshop function).
CS Cart Options/Variant is too limited (I think…)
CS-Cart Options/Variants is the standard place to have Variants. However, it only allows for 1 description field per variant. That is to limited for us.
Using custom-made add-on is creating its own headaches
We now have a custom-made add-on which displays this table of variants as shown. However, with using this add-on we have lost a lot of standard CS-Cart functionalities:[list]
This data is not part of the standard Export/Import function,
the standard Search index does not find it without some custom adjustments
Uploading images goes through FTP.
…other functionalities perhaps also lost…?
In other words, lots of extra maintance hassle has now been created. I'm sure that through further custom work all these lost CS-Cart functionalities can be cloned. But I'm uncertain if this the best way forward? Especially because in the future we do want to go from Catalog function to full Webshop functionalities.
- Wat is best practice when having many variants + variants which need lots of explanatory info?
- Should we custom code inside Options/Variants?
- Should we continue with current custom made Add-on?
- Should we try one of the third-party add-ons which perhaps do not have these disadvantages?
Thank you in advance for any insights