I'm trying to create a generic Product management system that the majority of our customers could use. We deal with all types of businesses so it has to be extremely generic.
Of course there is the good old category, subcategory method etc... but this is very limiting and customers have been asking for more flexibility.
so i've been pondering different methods. one being, there are is no category structure at all and the way users narrow down their search is by selecting a filter option. for example, users can select a price range first, then a color, then a size. or a size first, then a color etc.
i would have to set it up so that the admin can modify the name of the filters and all the possible options under that filter. Then they would have to go in and choose which products apply to which options. so thats more work for them.
before i go investing all this time to make it happen, i'm curious if i'm missing any pitfalls associated with this method. i'm also curious how SE's are going to view a lack of categories. any thoughts are appreciated!