Lately, I’ve seen a few Shopify customers with one product and two variants asking how to show two different products.
First, let’s define what a variant is.
Think of variants as options for products that are the same product with different colors or sizes.
For example, a shirt may have color options in blue, red, pink and Hawaiian. The customer can then choose another option for size small, medium and large. Giving the customer 12 possible combinations for their order (blue small, red medium, pink small etc).
What is not a variant?
Variants are not similar styles but clearly different products.
Using the same example above, a shirt is one type of product and a sweater is another. Just because they both are worn on the top half of a person, doesn’t mean they are the same product with options. These two should be their own products.
How do you show different variants when you only have one product?
Really, it doesn’t need to be that complicated.
If you have one product with two variants, just make each variant their own product.
I’d recommend creating variants when you start to add more products to your site. Nothing is set in stone and you can always move your products together to create variants later.