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Managing WooCommerce Products – Part II of II
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Managing WooCommerce Products – Part I of II

Managing WooCommerce products is one of the most common topics for our clients that we get asked. Beginners often have a challenging time finding their way to manage their online shop. In this article, BrandingExperts will show you

  • Add a simple product (Part I of II)

  • Add a grouped product (Part II of II)

  • Add a virtual product (Part II of II)

  • Add a downloadable product (Part II of II)

  • Add a variable product (Part II of II)

  • Duplicate a product (Part II of II)

  • Delete a product (Part II of II)

  • Mark a product as featured (Part II of II)

  • Filter or sort products (Part II of II)

  • Product ID (Part II of II)

  • Allow backorders (Part II of II)

In a typical WordPress website made by a web design Brisbane team,  some dummy products will be added to WooCommerce by defaul.

Knowing how to manage WooCommerce products is one of the most common enquiries we get. It seems beginners have trouble getting started and knowing how to manage their store. That’s why we put together our guide to managing WooCommerce products. This is part one of two, which looks at the basics. Before you can start adding products, you should take the time to become familiar with product tags, categories, and attributes.

Product Categories

Product categories and tags work similar to the regular categories and tags you encounter in WordPress. You can create, edit, and select any one at any time. You can do this when first creating products, or you can edit them in later.

Attributes

You can add these for specific products, or choose global attributes for use across the entire store.

To learn more, see: Managing Product Categories, Tags and Attributes

Product Types

    • Simple – most products will be classed as simple ones. They are shipped with no options. A book is a good example of a simple product
    • Grouped – a collection of similar products that are sold individually or as a group of simple products, such as a set of glasses.
    • Virtual – products that don’t require shipping, such as services. This option disables fields related to shipping like shipping dimensions.
    • Downloadable – this option activates extra fields to connect users to downloadable files. Customers are given the link upon completion of the order. Downloadable products are things such as photos and digital albums.
    • External/Affiliate – products that are described on your website but sold on another
    • Variable – products with different variations, each of which can have a unique price, SKU, or stock option; such as shirts in different sizes and colors.

      With attributes and categories ready, and stock management sorted, it’s time to look at adding products. The first step is to choose a product type:

  1. How to add products

Adding products works similar to writing posts in WordPress. Open up the Product page and choose Add Product. Enter a title and description for the product and choose the product type in Product Data. This is where most of the important data will be added for the product. Here are the other elements of the different sections;

  1. Go to WooCommerce > Products > Add Product. You then have a familiar interface and should immediately feel at home.

  2. Enter a product Title and Description.

  3. Go to the Product Data panel, and select downloadable (digital) or virtual (service) if applicable  

  4. Go to the Product Data panel, and select downloadable (digital) or virtual (service) if applicable.

    Note: Virtual products don’t require shipping — an order with virtual products won’t calculate shipping costs.

1.1 Product data

The Product Data meta box is where the majority of important data is added for your products

Product data is added in this panel

1.2 General section

The stock-keep unit (SKU) tracks products. It has to be unique and formatted so that it doesn’t match post IDs. From here you can also set the regular price of a product, and a sales price. Choose a discounted price and a time period to set up a sale.

1.3 Inventory section

The inventory section is where you can manage the stock for individual products and decide if customers and place back orders. It allows you to sell your products and allows customers to add products to their carts.

You must have enabled stock management in the Product Inventory Settings, or you will only have the option to “Manage Stock?”. Enter the quantity of stock you have, and WooCommerce will automatically update the stock status for you. Tick the Sold Individually box to limit purchases to one product per order.

Options when stock management at product level is enabled. Enter the Stock Quantity, and WooCommerce auto-manages inventory and auto-updates Stock Status as Stock, Out of Stock or On Backorder. Select whether to Allow Backorders.

Ticking the Sold Individually checkbox limits the product to one per order.

1.4 Shipping section

Here you can define the weight, dimensions, and shipping class of a product.

1.5 Linked Products section

You can cross-promote products with cross-sells and up-sells. This is the section that allows you to do that. Up-sells are when you encourage users to upgrade their purchase (such as encouraging them to buy products related to the ones they are looking at) while cross-sells are products related to what is already in their cart. If someone were to purchase a computer console, for example, you could promote games and accessories to them. The Grouping option, which allows you to bundle products together, is also found here.

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.

1.6 Attributes section

The attributes section allows you to assign specific details to products. After choosing an attribute, you then choose terms attached to this attribute. Custom attributes can be applied through the Custom Product Attribute checkbox.

1.7 Advanced section

Here is where you can define purchase notes to be sent to customers upon purchase of a product; a menu order, which allows for custom ordering; whether reviews are enabled for a product or not; and a short product description.

1.8 Taxonomies

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.

1.9 Product images

Include a main image for your product, as well as a gallery of other images: Adding Product Images and Galleries.

Setting catalog visibility and feature status

The publish panel allows you to set the visibility for the product from;

    • Shop and Search – product is visible everywhere, including shop pages, category pages, and within search results
    • Shop only – product is visible on just shop and category pages
    • Search only – product is only visible in search results
    • Hidden – product is only visible through the product page and can’t be found on other pages

    You can also choose whether a product should be promoted in a product category, up-sell, or related products as Featured Products. For example, you can tick the Featured box for your bundles to make them more prominent.

Other ways to set as Featured are described in the below section: Mark a product as Featured.

Continue reading this article in Part II of II.

Web development Brisbane team also offer full stock management for the clients for small monthly fee. Contact our customer service team for more details and pricings.

This article sourced from WooCommerce website, refer to https://docs.woocommerce.com/document for more details.

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