Creating Products in WooCommerce | Khaos Control Cloud

So, you’ve got WordPress and have WooCommerce installed. The next step is populating your site with products! This blog will take you through how to get underway, point by point, starting with adding a simple product, building in complexity, and closing with such possibilities as grouped products and tweaking backorders.

Let’s get underway. To add that simple product, go to WooCommerce > Products > Add Product. It’ll look just like a new blog post, if you are familiar with these, in WordPress. Add a Title and Description. On the Product Data panel, select downloadable (for digital products) or virtual (for services), if needed.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Edit Product

Staying in the Product Data panel, we’ll work down the left-hand panel from General to Inventory to Shipping to Linked Products, then Attributes and Advanced.

Looking at the General section:


The inventory section lets you manage stock on an individual level. Back orders can be allowed, stock quantity set and stock status specified.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Simple Product

If the Sold Individually checkbox is ticked, no more than a single item of a product will be sold per order.

In the shipping section, we have the option to adjust an item’s:


Linked Products section


With up and cross sells, it’s possible to promote products. They’re added by searching for a product and selecting it from the dropdown list:

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Linked Product

And once you’ve added them, they’re listed in the input field:

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Short Description

Up-sells appear on the product details page. Up-sells contain products that motivate users to upgrade, depending on what product they’re looking at. An example would be a slow cooker to accompany a kitchen knife set.

On the other hand, cross-sells are products shown with carts and are related to its contents. An example would be a keyboard for a computer.

Grouping enables products to be sold as part of a larger whole. We’ll return to this in greater depth later on.

Attributes section


The Attributes tab allows details to be assigned to a product. It contains a select box showing global attribute sets you’ve created.

Once you’ve chosen an attribute, click to add and apply the terms associated with it to the product. Attributes can be hidden by leaving the Visible checkbox unticked.

Your own attributes can be applied by selecting Custom product attribute. They’re added at the product level and aren’t available in layered navigation.

Advanced section



Product short description


Creating Products in WooCommerce - Taxonomies

Here you can describe a product. It appears next to product images, whereas long descriptions fall under Product Description tab.

From version 3.1x onwards, videos can be embedded.

Taxonomies


Right of the Add New Product panel, you’ll find categories you can assign your product, just like a normal WordPress post. Product tags operate in much the same fashion.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Product Images

Product images


Here you have the choice of setting a main image or establishing an image gallery.

Setting catalogue visibility and feature status

Looking at the Publish panel, catalogue visibility can be chosen.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Product Images


Adding a grouped product


The process for creating these is similar to that for Simple products, the only difference being the selection of Grouped from the Product Type drop-down.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Adding a Grouped Product

Create the Grouped product


This is broken down into several parts.

First, head to WooCommerce, then Products and Add New.

Second, type in the Grouped product’s Title.

Third, scroll to Product Data and choose Grouped from the drop-down. Don’t be surprised when price and other fields vanish – this is because a Grouped Product is a composite of ‘child products’.

Fourth, publish!

You’ll notice that the Grouped product is still empty. To populate it, you’ll need create products and add them, and include existing child products.

Add products to the Group



Adding a virtual product


This is as easy as ticking the Virtual checkbox for Simple products.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Adding a Virtual Product

But with Variable products, the checkbox is shunted to each variation.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Variable Virtual

If allowed, all shipping-related fields, like shipping dimensions, will be disabled. Nor do virtual products trigger the shipping calculator in checkout and cart.

Adding a downloadable product


Hitting the Downloadable checkbox in the product type panel for Simple products adds two new fields for the:

Adding an external/affiliate product


Choose ‘External/Affiliate’ in the product type dropdown menu. That takes away unneeded tabs and introduces a new product URL field. That’s the destination where users buy the product. And rather than Add to Cart buttons, they see a Read More button sending them to this URL.

Adding a variable product


These are the most complex product types. They permit definition of variations of a single product where each has a different SKU, price or stock level.

Duplicating a product


Creating Products in WooCommerce - Duplicating a Product

Duplicating products is straightforward – just head to WooCommerce > Products, find the product(s) you want to replicate and hit Duplicate.

Deleting a product


Creating Products in WooCommerce - Deleting a Product

Regarding product deletion, head on over to WooCommerce > Products, find the product you want to delete and hover under the Product name to click Trash.

Mark a product as Featured


For marking a product as featured, go to Products > Products and select the Star you’ll see in the featured column. Or just select Quick Edit and then the Featured option.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Mark as Featured

Manually sort products within a Category


Under Products:

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Manually Sort Products

In Sorting mode, it’s possible to click on a product, then drag and drop to re-order it.

Product ID


You’ll sometimes need a WooCommerce Product ID for shortcodes, widgets and links.

To see the ID, go to Products and hover over the product you need the ID for.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Product ID

Allow backorders


Whether to allow Backorders can be determined from the dropdown menu provided you are managing stock on a product.

Creating Products in WooCommerce - Allow Backorders

For backorders to be allowed, Stock status must be set to ‘In Stock’, even if the Quantity is 0 or less.

WooCommerce Waitlist is a separate extension that charges customers only when the item is back in stock.

Conclusion


You’re now further down the way to truly getting going with WooCommerce, one of the world’s premier eCommerce platforms. A platform which Khaos Control Cloud integrates with seamlessly, preventing multiple logins and enabling you to manage your business from one place.

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