Adding and managing products

Adding a simple product is a straight forward process and not too dissimilar from authoring a standard WordPress post. In the Products menu click Add Product; you will be presented with a familiar interface, and should immediately see where to type the product title and full description.

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Under the main dialog box is the Product Type panel. Here you define the product type (as outlined above) and whether it is a downloadable (digital), or virtual (service) product.

Virtual products don’t require shipping – an order containing virtual products won’t calculate a shipping cost

Product Types

With attributes and categories set up and stock management configured, we can begin to actually add products. When adding your product the first thing to ascertain is which type of product it will be.

  1. The Simple product type covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. Simple products are shipped and have no options. For example, a can of drink.
  2. A Grouped product is a collection of related products which can be purchased individually and can only consist of simple products. For example, a simple product for a PS3 could be a grouped product as there are 80GB, 120GB and 200GB variations of that same parent product.
  3. An External or Affiliate product is one which you list and describe on your web site, but is sold elsewhere.
  4. A Variable product is a product which has several different variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock options etc. For example a tshirt available in several different colours and/or sizes.

Product Data

Next is the Product Data tab set. This is where the majority of the product data is input.

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General tab

  • SKU – stock keep unit, used to track products. Must be unique, and should be named so it does not clash with post ID’s.
    • Price:

    • Regular Price – The item’s main price.
  • Sale Price – The item’s sale price.
  • Tax:

    • Tax Status – The items’ tax status.
    • Tax Class – Which tax class the product belongs to. You can set up tax classes in WooCommerce > Settings > Tax.

Inventory tab

The inventory tab allows you to manage stock for the product individually and define whether to allow back orders. If stock management is disabled from the settings page, only the ‘stock status’ option will be visible.

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Checking the Sold Individually box limits the product to 1 per order.

Shipping tab

  • Weight – Weight of the item.
  • Dimensions – Length, width, and height for the item.
  • Shipping Class – Shipping classes are used by certain shipping methods to group similar products.

Linked Products tab

Using up-sells and cross-sells you can cross promote your products with one another. They can be added by searching for a particular product and selecting the product from the drop down list:

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After adding them, they will be listed in the input field:

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Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products which you may wish to encourage users to upgrade to 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 the tea kettles on that same page as an up-sell.

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Cross-sells are products which are displayed at the cart and related to the users cart contents. As an example if the user adds a Nintendo DS to their cart, when the arrive at the cart page you may want to suggest that they also purchase spare Styluses.

Grouping
– Set this option to make this product part of a grouped product.

Attributes tab

On the attributes tab you can assign attributes to a product. You will see a select box containing any global attribute sets you may have created (E.G. platform).

Once you have selected an attribute from the select box, click add and you will be able to apply the terms attached to that attribute (E.G. Nintendo DS) to the product. You can choose to hide the attribute on the frontend by simply leaving the ‘Visible’ checkbox unticked.

Custom attributes can be applied here too by choosing ‘Custom product attribute’ from the select box. These are added at the product level and won’t be available in the layered navigation.

Shipping tab

  • Purchase note – Enter an optional note to send the customer after purchase.
  • Menu order – Custom ordering position for this item.
  • Enable Reviews – Enable/Disable customers reviews for this item

Excerpt

Finally you can add an excerpt which should be a short description of the product. Typically this will appear next to the product imagery on the listing page whilst the long description will appear within the Product Description tab.

Taxonomies

On the right hand side of the Add New Product panel you will see your product categories in which you can place your product, just like a standard WordPress post. You can also assign the product tags in the same manner.

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Product Images

We will have more information on how to add product images soon. In the mean time, if you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Our ticket system is always available to clients.

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