The idea of online business has been increasingly popular. It not only gives you the freedom to make money from anywhere in the world but also reduces many potential costs involved with offline businesses. If you ever dreamt of starting an online business, WooCommerce can realize it overnight.
WooCommerce is a popular WordPress-based eCommerce solution. It lets you create an online store with reasonable flexibility, add different types of products, and integrate many important features. Such as shipping, payment, inventory, and taxation.
Right after you complete the WooCommerce setup wizard, the next step is to add products. We’re going to show you how to add products in WooCommerce in this article with detailed guidelines.
Topics we have covered in this article-
- How to Add Products in WooCommerce
- Types of Products You Can Add With WooCommerce
- How to Import WooCommerce Products
- How to Export WooCommerce Products
- Bonus: 5 Must-Have Elementor WooCommerce Widgets for Your Online Store
- FAQs on How to Add Products in WooCommerce
Let’s dive into the guide.
How to Add Products in WooCommerce
Adding products to a website is one of the most basic tasks in eCommerce. Once you step into it, you will find the process is quite similar to editing WordPress posts. By default, WooCommerce allows you to add six different types of products to your online store. (We have discussed these product types in the next section).
If we show you the process of adding each product type in this section, the length of this article will be much longer. In the article, we will use the ‘Simple Product’ type to present you with the process of how to add products in WooCommerce.
There are six steps in adding products to WooCommerce. They are:
- Create a New Product
- Add Title and Description
- Select Product Type
- Fill Out Product Data Tabs
- Add Graphics and Give Finishing Touch
Now, let’s dive into the process.
Step 01: Create a New Product
Open WordPress dashboard and navigate to Products > Add New.
You will get multiple fields like the above to input your product description.
Step 02: Add Title and Description
Give a name to your product in the title section. Keep your permalink the same as your product name. Then, write a short description of your product specifying key takeaways, advantages, and reasons to buy it. You can stylize your text and font using bold and italic formats, adding bullet points, and alignments.
Don’t forget to optimize your title and description using rightful keywords for better SEO performance.
Step 03. Select Product Type
We have already shown you in the above section the types of products you can add to your WooCommerce store. So now, depending on your items, select your product type.
Step 04: Fill Out Product Data Tabs
People won’t understand the attributes (weight, size, taste, and accurate color) of your products just by seeing them online. Explore the tabs marked in the photo. You will get more additional fields. Fill out them to clarify your product specifications.
Also, you need to spell out the shipping methods. This will help customers understand how their products will be delivered and how long it will take to get them on hand.
Step 05: Add Graphics and Give Finishing Touch
Your product page is almost ready. But before hitting the publish button there are a few more things to complete. You need to select a suitable product category, add tags, set an image, and add gallery images. You will all these options on the right sidebar.
Select Product Category
You will get Product Categories on the right sidebar of your screen. According to your product type, select a specific category for your product.
If your category isn’t available on the list, click on +Add new category. You will get options to add a new Parent category and subcategories. Once you complete them, hit the Add new category button. Your new options will be added to your category list.
Add Product Tags
Type some relevant keywords in the box pointed below that better describe your product. Use comma(,) to separate them. Then, hit the Add button.
Set Product Image
You need to add a featured image for your product. Scrolling a bit down go to the Product image section. Click on the set product image.
This will take you to a new window. Upload your product photo whether from your hard drive or from the media file section. Finally, click on the Set produce image button to complete this process.
You will see the image shown on your backend.
Here, you will add some more photos from different angles and perspectives to better describe your product. Click on Add product gallery images.
You will get the option to add photos to your gallery. Select at least five or more photos. Then, click on the Add to gallery button.
You will see the photos added to your gallery in your backend.
If necessary, you can change or edit items. Right after you have completed all the above steps, hit the Publish button. People will be able to see it on your WooCommerce store.
Thus, you can add more new products to your website.
Types of Products You Can Add With WooCommerce
Choosing the right set of products is the prerequisite to starting any profitable online business. Below are the six types of products WooCommerce allows you to add to your online store.
- Simple Product
- Grouped Product
- External/Affiliate Product
- Variable Product
- Virtual Product
- Downloadable Product
Each of them has unique characteristics. Let’s break them down in this section.
1. Simple Product
The simple product type refers to the physical commodities (fabrics, books, electronic devices, kitchen items, etc) that you have to ship to the customers. This is the most basic type of WooCommerce product and is easy to configure. You can easily add prices, stock details, and SKU numbers.
You have to select the Simple Product option from the drop-down menu while creating a new product.
If you want to use more functionality, click on Get more options. It will offer you recommended extensions such as ‘Additional Variation Images’, ‘Name Your Price’, and others.
2. Grouped Product
A grouped product is simply a bundle of multiple relevant products that are already existing in your store. It aims to increase the likelihood of customers buying more products whenever they come into your store. However, you cannot set any discount or add new prices.
To create a product bundle, you have to select the Grouped product option from the drop-down menu.
Then, click on Linked Products. You will get the grouped products box like below. Just type the product names there you want to offer in a cluster.
3. External/Affiliate Product
This product category lets you display someone else’s products on your website and allows you to earn commissions on sales. You have to add a product URL and a button text that will be displayed as a Call to Action (CTA) button. When customers click on it, they will be redirected to the URL you have specified in the product settings.
You can include the regular price and sales price in the following boxes and change them anytime.
4. Variable Product
If you want to add different variations (weight, color, size) to the same products and change prices accordingly, you must select the variable product option.
Now to add variations, you require setting up some attributes and defining values for them. Go to the Attributes option and then click the Add button.
Give a name to the attribute. We have set the name ‘Custom Attribute 1’ and added two values ‘Option 1 | Option 2’. Click on the checkbox of Used for variations. Finally, hit the Save attributes button.
Now, go to Variations. From the drop-down option of Add variation, select the Create variations from all attributes. Then, click the Go button.
You will get a new interface. Double click Option 1 and Option 2.
You will get more options to add variations such as weight, SKU, size, shipping class, and more.
Thus, you can add variable products to your WooCommerce store.
5. Virtual Product
Virtual products refer to those items that have no physical existence like simple products. For example, ticket booking, reserving online appointments, software licenses, etc. As they have no physical existence, you don’t have to set their weight, size, color, and other variations.
Just you have to tick the Virtual checkbox option while creating a product.
6. Downloadable Product
Games, software, PDFs, images, movies, songs, etc. are all downloadable products. These are another version of the simple and virtual product types. However, you will find a shipping option in this product type. It’s because if you want to send these products in a DVD disk or pen-drive to somewhere else, you can use this option.
Here again, you have to tick the Downloadable checkbox.
But if there is no shipping option for your product package, tick both the Virtual and Downloadable checkboxes.
These are all the six product types of WooCommerce. Next section, we will walk you through how to add products in WooCommerce.
How to Import WooCommerce Products
If you want to avoid the hassle of manually adding products to your WooCommerce store, there is another way to do this. This is importing products using the CSV file. First, you need to export the product data of a WooCommerce to a CSV file. Only then you can import it to your Website.
WooCommerce offers you a dummy product CSV file. You can use this file to practice how to import products to your website. To make your job easier, I have added the dummy CSV file below. Just click on the download button next to the link below.
Once the download is completed, navigate to Products > All Products. Then, click on the Import button.
After that click on the Choose File button. You will be given the option to select the CSV file of your WooCommerce Sample Products that you downloaded just a while ago. Then, click on the Continue button.
Note: You may tick or leave the Update existing products checkbox. Here, we are leaving it unticked.
You will find yourself on a new page. Leave all the fields and boxes untouched as they are. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on the Run the importer button.
This will start importing products from the CSV file.
When the import is complete, you will see the following notification on your screen. Click on View Products.
You will see the uploaded products on your backend.
Thus, you can import products to your WooCommerce store through a CSV file.
How to Export WooCommerce Products
At this stage of the discussion, you may be wondering how to export the product to the CSV file. Like the other processes above, this step is very simple.
Suppose, this one is a running WooCommerce store. Navigate to Products > All Products. Click on the Export button.
Scroll down to the end of the new page. Click on Generate CSV. And don’t forget to tick the checkbox of ‘Yes, export all custom meta’.
Your CSV file will be ready and automatically downloaded to your laptop/desktop. Thus, you can create CSV files and upload them to other WooCommerce stores.
Bonus: 5 Must-Have Elementor WooCommerce Widgets for Your Online Store
WooCommerce widgets refer to the modular elements that allow you to add special eCommerce features to your website to increase its functionality. If you already have built your online store by Elementor, you can integrate the Happy Addons plugin to enjoy many wonderful widgets right away.
Let’s check out the five must-have WooCommerce widgets of the Happy Addons you should consider adding to your eCommerce site.
1. Product Grid (Pro)
The Product Grid enables you to display your products with a perfect and stylish gride alignment to make them more attractive to the customers.
Follow this documentation to make your online store more attractive with the Product Grid widget.
2. Product Carousel (Pro)
With the Product Carousel widget, you can slide show your product items on your website. This one is somewhat similar to the Product Grid widget.
Check out this step-by-step documentation to enable this widget.
3. Product Category Grid (Pro)
The Product Category Grid makes it easy to display your products category-wise to catch the eyes of specific target audiences.
Check out how to use this Product Category Grid.
4. Product Category Carousel (Pro)
The Product Category Carousel will slide show your products category-wise and give an attractive look to your website.
5. Single Product (Pro)
The Single Product widget allows you to display your specific product information in a stunning way and make your product pages more attractive to visitors.
Here is documentation on how to use this Single Product widget on your website.
FAQs on How to Add Products in WooCommerce
Now, we are going to answer some frequently asked questions on how to add products to WooCommerce.
How do I add WooCommerce to WordPress?
1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New
2. Type WooCommerce on the search-bar
3. Click on Install and Activate it
4. You will get the WooCommerce setup wizard.
5. Right after you complete the wizard, your WooCommerce is fully ready to work.
What is a coupon in WooCommerce?
The coupon is a promotional way to offer discounts and rewards occasionally to customers to increase sales overnight.
How do I activate a WordPress coupon?
1. Navigate to Marketing > Coupons
2. Click on Add Coupons
3. You will a number of fields and options to specify the details of your coupon
4. Right after you complete the details, hit the Publish button
How do I show products on the WooCommerce page?
1. Navigate to Appearance > Customize
2. From the left sidebar, go to WooCommerce > Product Catalog
3. From Shop Page Display, select “Show categories”
4. Click on the Save Changes button after all changes
How do I show 4 products in a row in WooCommerce?
1. Navigate to Appearance > Customize
2. From the left sidebar, go to WooCommerce > Product Catalog
3. Scroll a bit down, you will get the option to edit ‘Product Per Page
4. Increase the number as much as you want
5. Click on the Save Changes button after all changes
Get Ready to Add Products in WooCommerce
This is quite impossible to run a store without adding products to it. Once you complete adding your desired product items, you are almost ready to launch your WooCommerce store. But before hitting the publish button, check out if you can tweak something more on your website to have a standout appearance.
Following blogs can help you in this regard.
- Customize WooCommerce product pages
- Edit WooCommerce cart page
- Customize your WoCommerce shop pages
- How to edit WooCommerce product page using Elementor
Hopefully, this article has met all your quests about how to add products to your WooCommerce store. If you still have a query on this topic or face any difficulty throughout the process, please let us know in the comment section.
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