How to Add new Product on your WooCommerce Store
In building your Store, you will reach a point when you will need to add some products. Actually, this should be one of the major activities in your checklist after you perform the basic configuration of your store or after you implement some design. In this section, we will provide you with more information on how to add products to your Store.
To complete this tutorial, you will need to:
Step 1: Add a New Product
Step 2: Configure the Product Data
Step 3: Add a Product Short Description
Step 1 Add a New Product
For your convenience and for the ease of Store management WooCommerce provides you with a separate link in your admin menu called Products. In order to access it you will need to simply login into your Wordpress admin area and navigate to Products>Products.
On the next page, you will see a conveniently structured table view for all of the currently added products on your Online Store. Of course, if you are accessing that location for your first time, most probably it will be empty as there will be no products added to your Online Store.
In order to add a new product, you will need to simply click on the Add Product button located at the top of the page.
This action will send you to the Add New Product page where you will be able to configure all of the product options which we will review in the second step of this tutorial.
Step 2 Configure the Product Data
Most probably the interface for adding a new product will look familiar to you and this is because it is indeed similar to the one used for adding posts in Wordpress. All of the options usually used for adding posts are also available here and you should be able to use those freely.
The available options on that page are separated into few sections. The main section is related to the name of the product and of course some content which can be inserted in the large content box bellow the name of the product and used as the long description text displayed on the dedicated product page.
The next section of options is called Product Data and there you will be able to configure quite a lot of additional options for your product. The options are stored in a form of vertical tabs. By default, you will be presented with the option to make your product Virtual or Downloadable due to the presentation of these options at the top of the section.
In the General tab you will be able to find the following settings:
SKU – This is simply unique identifier which will help you to track easily your product in the products management sessions (moved to inventory tab since ver.2.6.0 )
Regular Price – The regular price of the product
Sale Price – The price when the product is marked as Sale
When you are done with these simple settings you can move forward to the next tab called Inventory. There you will be able to find few options related to the inventory of the product you are adding:
Manage Stock – Here you can enable the stock management for this product. Keep in mind that this will bring some additional option you will need for the Stock management
Stock Status – The status of the stock for this product
Sold Individually – This will allow you to restrict your users to purchase a single product at a time
The next tab you should move forward with is called Shipping and here you should be able to define the Weight, Dimensions and of course the Shipping class for this product. The options are relatively simple and you should be able to configure them intuitively.
Once you are done with these settings you can click on the next tab called Linked Products. These type of products which can be grouped on Sale. The available options you can configure on this tab are:
Up-Sells – The actual products which can be a subject of Up-Sell along with this product
Cross-Sells – The products which can be a subject of Cross-Sell along with this product
Grouping – Here you can choose among the grouped products so you can make this product part of another group of products
The next tab with settings is called Attributes and as the name suggests here you will be able to add some Attributes to the product.
The last tab from this section is called Advanced and there you will be able to configure some additional options about this product.
Purchase Note – Any notes you would like to send to the customer right after purchase
Menu Order – Here you will be able to set a custom ordering position for this product
Enable Reviews – You can enable or disable the review about this product
Once you are done with this final tab you can move forward to the next section of options.
Step 3 Add a Product Short Description sections
The final section of the settings is called Product Short Description and there you will be able to input some short description about your product.
Once you are done with all these sections of options you should scroll up to the top of the page and click on the Publish button so the new product can be published immediately.
Of course in the sidebar you will find also few smaller sections which can be used for adding the product to certain category, adding some tags to the product, setting featured image and of course making a product gallery.
In fact, the only option to upload images for your product is to create a gallery via that last section in the Sidebar.
When you publish your product you will have the option to review it right away and you will notice how even with the default Wordpress theme the product page looks incredibly.
That's it on how to add products to a WooCommerce store.
How to Manage Product Categories in Your WooCommerce Store
Categorizing your products is the most convenient way for your customers to browse through the products you offer on your oline Store. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how exactly you should create and manage the categories of products on your Online Store.
To fully manage the Product Categories on your Store:
Step 1: Add a New Category
Step 2: Edit and Delete Existing Categories
Step 1 Add a New Category
WooCommerce provides an easy to use Categories management page so you can easily manage all the categories on your website. This can be easily accessed if you login in your Wordpress admin area and navigate to Products > Categories.
Once there you will notice how the page is separated vertically on two sections. In the left section you will find the interface required for the creation of Product Category and there you will have to configure the following options:
Name - The actual name of the category
Slug - The Slug to the URL which will be used by that category
Parent - If this category should have a parent category
Description - The description of this category
Display Type - How the category items should be displayed
Thumbnail - Any thumbnail you would like to use for the created category
Once you are done with these configurations please click on the Add New Product Category button so the category can be created.
Step 2 Edit and Delete Existing Categories
Now that you know how to create a category lest learn how to actually edit and delete such. As we have mentioned the Categories management page is separated on two sections vertically. In the right section you will find a table view presenting the already created product categories. First let's review the editing process.
In order to edit a category you will need to hover on any category you would like to edit and then to click on the Edit link.
This will redirect you to a page where you will be able to find basically the same fields as those you have used when you were creating the category, however this time those will be filled with the information for the category. Please edit the values based on your needs and then click on the Update button located at the bottom of the page.
This action will save the edits and it will direct you back to the categories management page.
Deleting a category is also an easy task. In order to achieve it you will need to hover over the existing category you would like to delete and to click on the Delete link colored in red.
This will prompt a confirmation window where you will be able to confirm the deletion and after a second the category will be deleted.
How to Manage Product Tags in WooCommerce
The tags used by your products is just another way of categorizing the products you have on your Online Store. The same as as the product categories WooCommerce provides you with the option to create and manage the products' tags on a dedicated page and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how exactly you should be able to do that.
To manage the Tags of your Store, you need to complete these steps:
Step 1: Add a New Tag
Step 2: Edit and Delete Existing Tags
Step 1 Add a New Tag
In order to manage the Tags on your Online Store you are provided with a dedicated page within the admin area of your Wordpress based website. Once logged in there you will need to navigate to Products>Tags.
You will most probaly first notice how the page is vertically separated on two halfs. The left section is used for creating category and in order to do so you will need to fill the following options:
Name - The name of the tag
Slug - The slug to the URL used by this tag
Description - The description of the tag
Once you are done with these simple settings please click on the Add New Product Tag button so you can be able to add the new tag.
Step 2 Edit and Delete Existing Tags
Now that you know how to add Tags it is time for you to learn how to edit and delete the already existing Tags. This is quite easy and we will begin first with the process of editing Tags. In the right section of the Tags management page you will find a table view containing all of the tags you have currently on your Store.
In order to edit a tag you will need to simply hover over the tag and click on the Edit button. Once this is done you will be redirected to a separate page called Edit Product Tag where you will be able to perform edits on the selected Tag.
Once you are done editing the Tag please click on the Update button so the edits can be saved.
The last action is the delete action and you will be able to vide it when you hover over on existing Tag on the Tags management page.
By simply clicking on the Delete link colored in red you will be able to easily delete any of the existing tags you have on your Online Store.
Managing Orders in WooCommerce
In order to manage all the orders on your Online Store WooCommerce provides you with a dedicated page where all the orders will be listed. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to fully manage the orders submitted for products purchse on your Online Store.
To manage the orders on your Online Store, you need to complete these steps:
Step 1: Add a New Order
Step 2: Handle Existing orders
Step 1 Add a New Order
In order to access the page where you will be able to manage all of the Orders you will need to first login into the admin area of your Wordpress website. From there you will need to navigate to WooCommerce > Orders.
Once there you will notice a table view containing all the orders currently submitted on your website. In order to add a new order manually to your website you will need to use the Add Order button located at the top of the page.
By clicking on that button you will be redirected to a page where you will see few sections with options you will need to configure in order for the new order to be added. Let's review those one by one.
The first section is called Order Details and there you will be able to configure the basic details about the order you are adding such as Order Date, Order Status and of course the Customer you will be adding this order.
The second section is called Order Items and there you will be able to add products to the order.
The third section is called Custom Fields and as the name suggests there you will be able to add different custom fields to the order.
The forth section is called Downloadable Product Permissions. There you will be able to add some downloadable products to the order and once the status of the order is changed they will be available for download by the customer.
In the sidebar of the page you will find the additional sections called Order Actions and Order notes. There you will be able to add respectively configure some actions for the order like sending emails for example and respectively to add some notes if you would need to.
Step 2 Handle Existing Orders
Once an order has been submitted on your WooCommerce Online Store you will need to process it and then potentially complete it after a successful payment. You can only edit orders which are not paid and are in Pending Payment status. Once logged into the admin are of your Wordpress application please navigate to WooCommerce> Orders. Once there you will be able to see all the orders submitted on your website.
The orders you are looking for most probably are those in Pending Payment status as these are the new orders. You will be able to easily sort the Pending Payment orders by clicking on the Pending Payment link located above the table view with your currently existing orders.
Then you will be presented with a list of the submitted but unpaid orders. If you would like ot edit an order please click on the eye-like button located in the Actions column of the table view.
This will enable you to view the order and to edit it just in case you will need to.
What you will need to do next is to wait for the order to get paid by the customer. Once this is done the order will be moved in Processing status. In this status the order should be reviewed by the admin and if everything is ok with the same it should be Completed. In order to review the Processing orders you will need to simply click on the Processing link from the top horizontal menu of the Orders page.
This will present you only with a list of the orders which have been paid and you will need to process them. In order to process an order you will need to first review the order and evaluate if the same should be accepted. This can be easily done by clicking on the little eye-like button in the Actions column of the table view. If everything is ok with the order you should return to the Processing orders view and click the other button in the Actions column called "Complete".
Once an order has been completed it will be with changed status and you will be able to view it in the Orders page.
The last action we will discuss is the order deleting action and as the name suggests you will be able to delete an order. In order to delete an order you will need to select the order and from the Bulk Actions drop-down you will need to select "Move to trash" and then hit the Apply button.
Once this is done the order will be moved to trash and will be removed from the list of orders on your website.
How to Install Visual Themes in WooCommerce
To have a successfull online business you will need to think for quite a number of things. One of the most important however, is the design of your website and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will address exactly the installation of visual themes for your website. If you are feeling inconvenient of performing the installation of a theme our WooCommerce Hosting package will provide you with the assistance of our experienced Technical Support team and they will gladly handle the installation for you.
To be able to install Visual themes on your Store, you need to:
Step 1: Find the best Theme for your Store
Step 2: Install the Theme
Step 1 Find the best Theme for your Store
In order to find the best theme for your Store most probably you will search the WooThemes database. Assuming that you have found a theme there, you have purchased it and you have downloaded the installation archive for the theme you are all set to get started with the theme installation which we will discuss in Step 2 of this tutorial.
If you are looking for Free WooCommerce Themes you should be able to find such on their official website. Keep in mind that the themes there are with included regular updates so most probably you would like to purchase/download a theme from there.
Step 2 Installing WooCommerce themes
If you have downloaded the theme installation archive you have done half of the theme installation. The other half is related to the normal installation process of themes in Wordpress.
First and foremost you will need to access the administration area of your Wordpress installation - it is usually located under youdomain.com/wp-admin . Once you login succesfully please navigate to Appearence>Themes.
There you will be presented with a short list of the already installed themes and of course the button Add New for adding a new theme which we are looking for.
Once you click on that button you will be redirected to the Add Themes page where you will typically search for Wordpress themes. However this time you will need to click on the Upload theme button located at the top left corner of the page (as the theme will be added by you and not searched over the suggested themes).
Next you will be redirected to a simple one section page with the Choose File button and the Install Now button. Respectively the actions you will need to perform here are to first upload the installation package of the theme you have downloaded earlier from WooThemes.
And then to click on the Install Now button which will enable you to install the theme you have chosen. After a brief period of time the theme will be installed and the last step is to simply activate it from the Activate link provider after the installation log you will be presented with on the next page.
On the next page usually you will be presented with the home page of the theme as all of the themes purchased via WooThemes have their own backend and configuration pages.
How to Manage the Coupons of your WooCommerce Store
Providing your customers with discounts based on certain coupon code will always make them feel special and respectively will increase the sales your store is maintaining. In the next few lines of this tutorial, we will discuss in details the whole management of the Coupons feature so you can be fully aware of how to use those.
To use the Coupons Feature of your Store, you will need to:
Step 1: Access the Coupons Management page
Step 2: Add a New Coupon
Step 3: Edit and Delete Existing Coupons
Step 1 Access the Coupons Management page
WooCommerce provides its users with a whole dedicated page to the management of the Coupons for your website. In order to access that page you will need to login into the admin area of your website and to navigate to WooCommerce>Coupons. This action will redirect you to the Coupons page where you will see a convenient table view representing all of the coupons you have currently configured.
Step 2 Add a New Coupon
In order to add a new Coupon to your website, you will need to use the Add Coupon button which you will be able to find in the top left corner of the Coupons page.
Once you click on that button you will be presented with a simple interface for the configuration of your new Coupon. The options are separated into three sections and in the first one you will need to input the actual Coupon code and its Description.
In the second interface, you will find the options for the Coupon Data structured in few tabs. By default, the first tab selected will be the General tab with the following options.
Configuring the coupon data section
Discount Type - Here you will be able to configure if the discount should be for products or for the whole cart
Coupon Amount - The actual amount of the coupon
Allow Free Shipping - Including free shipping with the every use of that coupon
Coupon expiry date - The date when this coupon should expire
The second tab is called User Restriction and there you will be able to configure different restrictions about the coupon code. The options available on this tab are:
Minimum spend - The minimum amount that should be spent in order for this coupon to be used
Maximum spend - The maximum amount that should be spent using this coupon
Individual use only - If the coupon cannot be used in conjunction with other coupons
Exclude sale items - If the coupon cannot be used on items on "Sale"
Products - If the product should be available for specific products only
Exclude products - If the coupon should not be applied for certain products
Product Categories - If the coupon should be available only for categories of products
Exclude Categories - If any categories should be excluded in the usage of that coupon
Email Restriction - If the coupon should be disabled for concrete users based on their emails
The final tab is called Usage Limits and there you will be able to configure different options regarding the usage of the coupon code. The options you will find in this tab are:
Usage Limit Per Coupon - How many times this coupon can be used by all of your customers
Limit Usage to X items - For how many items a coupon can be applied
Usage limit per user - How many times a coupon can be used per customer
The final section is the typical Wordpress Publish section where you will be able to Publish the coupon or save it as a draft.
Step 3: Edit and Delete Existing Coupons
The last thing you will need to know about the management of your Coupons is of course how to edit and delete the Coupon. If you are on the Coupons management page you should be able to see a table view for all of the coupons added to your website. In order to Edit a coupon simply hover over any existing coupon and click on the Edit link which will appear.
In order to Delete a coupon please hover over any existing Coupon and use the Trash link usually colored in red.
How to Manage Shipping Classes in WooCommerce
Shipping Classes are often used when you would like to group products with similar type. The feature will allow you to provide different rates on the shipping of certain product groups and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to fully manage these classes.
To manage the Shipping Classes of your Store, you will need to:
Step 1: Add a New Shipping Class
Step 2: Edit and Delete Existing Shipping Classes
Step 1 Add a New Shipping Class
In order to fully manage the Shipping Classes WooCommerce provides you with a dedicated page within the admin area of your Wordpress. In order to access that page you will need to navigate to Products>Shipping Classes.
You will probably notice how the page is separated on two sections the same as the Tags and Categories management pages. On the left section you will find a simple interface for creating a Shipping Class and to be able to do so you will need to configure the following options.
Name - The name of the Shipping Class you are creating
Slug - The slug for the URL of this Shipping Class
Parent - If there should be a parent of this Shipping Class
Description - A basic description of the Shipping Class
Once you are ready with the configuration of these fields please click on the Add New Shipping Class button so you can be able to save the class.
Step 2 Edit and Delete Existing Shipping Classes
Now that you know how to create a Shipping Classes you are probably wondering how to Edit those. The process is relatively simple as you will need to access again the Shipping Classes management page and in the right section you will notice a table view presenting all the currently added Shipping classes. By simply hovering over an existing Shipping Class you will be presented with the Edit link which you should use in order to access the editing interface.
Once you click on that link you will be redirected to the editing page where you will be able to configure the options based on your needs.
When you are done with the edits please click on the Update button so you can be able to save the edits.
The final action we will discuss is the delete action which will basically delete a Shipping Class. This action is available again from the Shipping Class management page upon hovering over a Shipping Class.
When you click on the Delete link the Shipping Class you have chosen will be deleted after a simple confirmation.
How to Configure Shipping Methods in WooCommerce
With the default installation of WooCommerce, you are getting quite a lot of Shipping Methods predefined in the Shipping Options page. In the next few lines of this tutorial, we will review the configuration process for each one of those so you can be absolutely aware of which one you should use and how to configure it.
To be able to configure the Shipping Methods of your Store, you need to complete the following steps:
Step 1: Configuring the Flat Rate Shipping Method
Step 2: Adding a new Category of CMS contents
Step 3: Configuring the Local Delivery Shipping Method
Step :1 Configuring the Flat Rate Shipping Method
This shipping method will allow you to define certain Flat Rate per item or per order. On this page, you will be able to edit the “Flat Rate” settings. And as the name suggests it is used for the main configuration options for the Flat Rate Shipping Method. In this section you will be able to find the following settings:
Method Title – The title of the Method you would be adding. Keep in mind that this will be visible to the customer.
Availability – Here you can define the specific country this Flat Rate will be applied.
Tax Status – Here you can define if the Flat Rate should be taxable.
Cost per order – The flat cost without any tax applied to the same.
Step 2 Configuring the Free Shipping Method
“Free Shipping” is a method which will allow you to grant a free shipping option to the products you are selling. The options available for this Shipping Method on its dedicated page are:
Method Title – The title of the method which will be visible to the customer.
Method availability – Here you can define for which countries this method should be available.
Free Shipping Requires – Here you can define the condition which will be required for the Free Shipping to be applied.
Minimum Order Amount – Here you should define the minimum order amount which will be needed for the free shipping to be applied.
Once you are done editing these changes please click on the “Save Changes” button so all of the changes can be indeed saved.
Step 3 Configuring the Local Delivery Shipping Method
This shipping method is used to delivering products from your Store to the customers locally. This means that the customer’s Billing address should be within the country defined as default, for your Online Store.
The available options you will be able to find on this page are:
Title – The title of the Shipping Method. This will be displayed to the customers.
Fee Type – Here you can define what should be the Fee Type
Delivery Fee – Here you can set the fee you would like to charge the customers for a local delivery.
Allowed Zip/Post Codes – The allowed ZIP/Post Codes which can benefit from this shipping method.
Method Availability – Here you can define the concrete countries this method will be available along with the default country of your Store.
When you are done with the configurations of these options please click on the “Save Changes” button.
The final method is called “Local Pickup” and there you will need to configure few options which will allow the customers the option to pick the product on themselves from your physical Store.