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02How to add and manage products on WooCommerce

One of the great things about WooCommerce is that it makes it easy to add products to your website and to organize them.

WooCommerce is flexible enough that you can sell almost any type of good while adding important information such as images, product descriptions and tags to distinguish them.

Furthermore, you can configure your information to adjust its inventory, shipping and other custom attributes such as size.

This guide is the second step of our WooCommerce tutorial: How to build an e-commerce website in 12 steps.

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2.1 How to add your products to WooCommerce

We will start by adding our first product with a title and description. Go to Products -> Add New.

You will be taken to the WordPress edit screen where we can add the product name in the title section and the product description below it just like in a normal post.

This information will appear on the main product page on the front-end.

There are further types of information which you can add which you might recognize from editing products and pages:

  • Product categories – Allows you to group your products based on their type. You can create categories and subcategories. In addition, you can also use add taxonomies to WooCommerce products to organize them by different criterion such as the gender it is aimed at.
  • Product tags: Break your products into even more precise categories. For example, a jumper might be tagged as “blue” and “small.” A great option to help customers search your inventory.
  • Product image: Your uploaded image will be the main one for the product.
  • Product gallery: Add further images of the product to create a gallery.

As you can see below, we have added a category, a featured image and a couple more images for the gallery.

2.2 Product data

Further down the same page, you will find a new section called Product data where you can organize your items and provide further information about them.

The first thing to do is to choose what type of product you are selling from the drop-down menu at the top. You can select one of four options:

  • Simple product – Are shipped and have no variations such as a purse.
  • Grouped product – Related simple products which can be individually bought. For example, iPhones with different amounts of memory storage (8GB, 16GB).
  • External/Affiliate product – Items you might list but are sold on external websites.
  • Variable product – You can have different variations of a product, different prices and SKUs. An example would be a t-shirt with a number of colors and sizes.

The tabs on the left-hand side will change based on which one you pick. For the purposes of this demonstration, we will opt for the Simple product.

Note how we can also select whether or not our product is Virtual (removing shipping) or Downloadable (offering a space to attach the file).

You can see that below there are a number of tabs on the left-hand side which allow us to customize our item further.

Let’s look at what you can do within each one:

  • General – Set the regular and sale price for your product. The sale price can also be time sensitive. You can also choose the tax rate for the product and exactly what is taxable (the whole product or just shipping).
  • Inventory – You can customize your stock options here by adding
    • An SKU (identification number)
    • The quantity
    • Whether it is out of stock
    • If you allow backorders (so people can continue ordering even if a product is temporarily out of stock)
    • Low stock threshold email warning
    • Sold individually option to prevent multiple buys of the same product
  • Shipping – Configure your product’s weight, size and shipping class.
  • Linked Products – Upsell or cross-sell this product with similar ones. For example, shoes and shoe polish.
  • Attributes – Add any custom product attributes such as size or color
  • Advanced – Add a personal note to customers after they purchase, order the position of products and enable/disable reviews.

2.3 Add a product short description

You can add a brief description of your product which will go just underneath the title.

Now that we have added everything we need we can click Publish and see how our product looks on the front-end.

It looks good but we can make it look even better. In one of the future steps, we will go through how we can use Toolset to customize our WooCommerce product page template.

2.4 Other tabs under “Products”

There are four more options within the Products tab which we will briefly mention.

  • All Products – View everything that you have added.
  • Categories – View and edit your product categories including description, parent categories and a thumbnail image.
  • Tags – Add and manage your product tags
  • Attributes – Add and manage your product attributes

Before we start customizing our e-commerce website using Toolset, let’s finish off with the WooCommerce basics by heading to step three and learning how to manage your WooCommerce store.

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