Before adding your first product, let’s get familiar with how product categories, tags, and attributes work.
Product categories and tags work in much the same way as normal categories and tags you have when writing posts in WordPress. They can be created, edited, and selected at any time. This can be done when you first create a product or come back and edit it or the category/tag specifically.
These can be added per product, or you can set up global attributes for the entire store to use (e.g., in layered navigation).
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With attributes and categories set up and stock management configured, we can begin adding products. When adding a product, the first thing to decide is what type of product it is.
Adding a Simple product is similar to writing a post in WordPress.
The Product Data meta box is where the majority of important data is added for your products.
The inventory section allows you to manage stock for the product individually and define whether to allow back orders and more. It enables you to sell products and allow customers to add them to the cart to buy.
Enable Stock Management must be selected in Products Inventory Settings; otherwise, only the ‘Stock status’ option is visible in the Product Data Inventory box.
Options when stock management at product level is disabled. You are responsible for updating the Stock Status.
Using up-sells and cross-sells, you can cross promote your products. They can be added by searching for a particular product and selecting the product from the dropdown list:
After adding, they are listed in the input field:
Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products that you may wish to encourage users to upgrade, based on the product they are currently viewing. For example, if the user is viewing the coffee product listing page, you may want to display tea kettles on that same page as an up-sell.
Cross-sells are products that are displayed with the cart and related to the user’s cart contents. As an example, if the user adds a Nintendo DS to their cart, you may want to suggest they purchase a spare stylus when they arrive at the cart page.
Grouping – Used to make a product part of a grouped product. More info below at: Grouped Products.
On the Attributes tab, you can assign details to a product. You will see a select box containing global attribute sets you created (e.g., platform). More at:.
Once you have chosen an attribute from the select box, click add and apply the terms attached to that attribute (e.g., Nintendo DS) to the product. You can hide the attribute on the frontend by leaving the Visible checkbox unticked.
Custom attributes can also be applied by choosing Custom product attribute from the select box. These are added at the product level and won’t be available in layered navigation or other products.
Add an excerpt. This typically appears next to product imagery on the listing page, and the long description appears in the Product Description tab.
Video embeds (oembed) may be used, as of version 3.1x.
On the right-hand side of the Add New Product panel, there are product categories in which you can place your product, similar to a standard WordPress post. You can also assign product tags in the same way.
Add a main product image and a gallery of images. More at: Adding Product Images and Galleries.
In the Publish panel, you can set Catalog Visibility for your product.
You can also set whether the product is promoted in product categories, up-sells, related products as a Featured Product. For example, you could tick the Featured box on all bundles you sell.
Other ways to set as Featured are described in the below section: Mark a product as Featured.
A grouped product is created in much the same way as a Simple product. The only difference is you select Grouped from the Product Type dropdown.
The Grouped product is still an empty group. To this Grouped product, you need to:
Having the choice to first create Simple products and add them to a Grouped product later; or first create a Grouped product and add Simple products later gives you flexibility to add Simple products to more than one Grouped product.
When adding a Simple product, you can tick the Virtual checkbox box in the product type panel.
With Variable products this checkbox is moved to each variation.
Enabling this, disables all shipping related fields such as shipping dimensions. A virtual product will also not trigger the shipping calculator in cart and checkout.
When adding a simple product, you can tick the Downloadable checkbox box in the product type panel. This adds two new fields:
Select ‘External/Affiliate’ from the product type dropdown. This removes unnecessary tabs, such as tax and inventory, and inserts a new product URL field. This is the destination where users can purchase the product. Rather than Add to Cart buttons, they see a Read More button directing them to this URL.
Variable products are arguably the most complex of product types. They let you define variations of a single product where each variation may have a different SKU, price or stock level.
Seefor a guide on creating a product with variations.
To save time, it’s possible to use a product and duplicate it to create similar products with variations and other qualities.
Go to WooCommerce > Products and look through the list for a product you wish to replicate, then click Duplicate.
To delete a product:
To mark a product as featured, go to: Products > Products and select the Star in the featured column. Alternatively, select Quick Edit and then the Featured option.
In addition to the options below, WooCommerce Customizer gives you the ability to customize your Product Catalog. Go to: WooCommerce Customizer – Product Catalog.
Use the Filter function to get a product count, view products by type, or see which products are On Backorder or Out of Stock.
Sorting is different than Filtering, in that you can drag and drop products to re-order them.
You can now drag and drop products in an order to your liking.
A WooCommerce Product ID is sometimes needed when using shortcodes, widgets, and links.
To find the ID, go to Products and hover over the product you need the ID for. The product ID number is displayed.
Select whether to allow Backorders from the dropdown, if you are managing stock on a product. Use Advanced Notifications (separate purchase) to help notify someone other than the shop admin if backorders are placed.
To allow backorders, the Stock status must be set to In Stock even though the Stock Quantity is 0 or less.
Most payment gateways charge immediately. If you want to wait to charge customers for an item when it’s back in stock, use WooCommerce Waitlist (separate purchase) to email all users, notifying them that the item is back in stock with a link to purchase.