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

Today we’ll be looking at more advanced methods for adding products through WordPress and managing your shop/stock ready for search engine optimization. Let’s get started with part 1 of our guide to managing WooCommerce products.

In continuation of Managing WooCommerce Products article, following subjects will be explained in Part II of II:

  • Add a grouped product
  • Add a virtual product
  • Add a downloadable product
  • Add a variable product
  • Duplicate a product
  • Delete a product
  • Mark a product as featured
  • Filter or sort products
  • Product ID
  • Allow backorders

This then allow you to manage your own shop/stock which can be optimised for all search engines by your SEO company Brisbane team. Extensive details are provide below.

2-  Adding a grouped product

Group products are created in a similar way to simple products. The difference is that you choose Grouped from the drop-down menu for product types. Choose “Grouped” to create a parent product.

Click on Products > Add New and enter a title for the set, such as “Back to School Essentials”. Choose grouped from the drop-down menu for Product Data and you’ll see fields such as the price disappear. That is because these groups are made up of “child products”, and you enter this information when adding those other products.

2.1Create the Grouped product

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products > Add New.
  2. Enter a Title for the Grouped product, e.g., Back to School set
  3. Scroll down to Product Data and select Grouped from the drop-down. The price and several other fields disappear. This is normal because a Grouped Product is a collection of ‘child products’, which is where you add this information.
  4. Publish

After publishing the empty grouped product, you have to;

  • Create and add products
  • Add existing products

Being able to create simple products and add them to a group later, or creating a grouped product and then adding simple ones later gives you some flexibility on adding regular products to several grouped ones.

2.2Add products to the Group

Click Products > Add New and choose the Grouped product you want to add some products to. Choose Product Data and then Linked Products. Select Grouped Products and add the products that you want to add. You can also adjust the order of the grouped products before updating.

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products > Add New.
  2. Select the Grouped product you wish to add products to.
  3. Scroll down to Product Data and go to Linked Products.
  4. Select Grouped Products, and search for the product by typing
  5. Click the products you wish to add.
  6. Update
  7. You can drag and drop to re-order the Grouped Products. Once you press Update, the new order will be shown on the product page.

3-  Adding a virtual product

Add virtual products by clicking the appropriate checkbox in the “product type” options. This will remove shipping-related options like packaging dimensions. 

With Variable products this checkbox is moved to each variation.

Virtual products also don’t trigger shipping calculators during checkout.

4-  Adding a downloadable product

When adding products, you have the option of making them downloadable products. You will need to designate a file path for the download, and you can also choose how many times individual users can download them. You also have the option of including shipping costs (such as when including downloadable products with physical ones that require shipping) or listing them as virtual products with no shipping options:

  • File path — Path or url to your downloadable file.
  • Download limit – Limit on number of times the customer can download file. Left blank for unlimited downloads.

5-  Adding an external/affiliate product

Choose “External/Affiliate” from the list of product types to eliminate unnecessary tabs like inventory and tax. This also opens a URL filed where users can purchase affiliate products. Instead of seeing an “Add to Cart” button, they will be presented with a “Read More” option that sends them to the new URL.

6-  Adding a variable product

Variable products are the most complex type of product. They allow you to define different variations of individual products, where the variations can have their own unique SKU, price, and stock level.

7-  Duplicating a product

You can save time by duplicating products to create similar ones with different qualities and variations. Open up the Products page and find the product you want to duplicate, then just click the handy Duplicate button.

Go to WooCommerce > Products and look through the list for a product you wish to replicate, then click Duplicate.

8-  Deleting a product

If you find you need to delete a product, here’s how to do it;

  1. Click on the Products page
  2. Find the product to be deleted
  3. Hover the mouse under the Product and choose Trash

9-  Mark a product as Featured

Choose a Featured product for your store by clicking on the star icon in the featured column on the product page. Alternatively, open up the Quick Edit option and click Featured from there.

Setting A Featured Product

10-  Filter products

The filter option allows you to get product counts, view products by type, and see the products that are on backorder and out of stock. Open up the Products page, choose a category, and then click the different filtering options.

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products.
  2. Select a Category, Product Type and/or Stock Status, or any combination of the three.
  3. Click Filter.

11-  Sorting products

Sorting is a little different from filtering. Sorting allows you to rearrange the product order in your store. Choose the Sorting option from the Products page and choose your filters. After filtering the products, you can rearrange them to suit your needs.

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products.
  2. Select Sorting.
  3. Select a Category, Product Type and/or Stock Status, or any combination of the three.
  4. Click Filter.
  5. You can now drag and drop products in an order to your liking.

12-  Product ID

A Product ID may be necessary when using links, widgets, and shortcodes. Find the ID of a product by finding it in the Product page. Hover over the product to see the ID.

13-  Allow backorders

Use the dropdown menu to choose whether backorders are allowed or not. The premium Advanced Notification feature can notify people other than the shop admin when a backorder is placed. Please note you must have set stock to “In Stock” even though there is a quantity of 0 or less.

To allow backorders, the Stock status must be set to In Stock even though the Stock Quantity is 0 or less.

Many payment providers will charge customers immediately when they make backorders. WooCommerce Waitlist allows you to charge customers when an item is back in stock by sending them email alerts a product is available again.

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

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