Adding A Product To WooCommerce
To start adding products to your WooCommerce website:
Log in to the admin view of your website.
From the menu on the left side select Products or hover over products and select Add New.
This will pull up a menu where you can enter the product name, description and add other important details.
If you’re using Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer, it’s important that you edit the product description from this location instead of from the front end editor. If you use the front end Beaver Builder editor the product page will default to that page instead of the layout established in Beaver Themer. Generally at Linkasaur.us we build in Beaver Themer and so it’s better to use the text editor in the product menu.
A few inputs you want to make sure each product has:
Product Yoast SEO
Inside Product Data select the type of product, it could be a simple product, a grouped product, external/affiliate product or a variable product.
Check the box if the product is virtual or downloadable. This will allow purchasers to download the product once they’ve paid.
In the General Section:
Product Sale Price (if desired. Adding a sale price will display the sale price unless it’s scheduled, then the sale price will only display during the selected dates.)
Tax Status (if applicable. The default can be changed in WooCommerce settings.)
In the Inventory Section:
Determine if you have a limited stock, if so, check the box and enter the quantity of items. Presets can be set to alert you if stock gets below a certain number.
Determine if backorders are allowed or not. This will let people purchase and order the product even if it’s out of stock.
Determine the low threshold.
Mark if the product is sold individually, meaning only 1 item can be purchased per order.
In the Shipping Section:
Add the weight of the product.
Add the dimensions of the product.
Check if the box is shipped with an envelope or not. Checking this will also use envelope rates.
You can enter the declared value of the product if shipping internationally.
Select the shipping class.
Select the freight class.
Mark if the product has hazardous material.
(Getting these details right is important for shipping to calculate correctly.)
In the Linked Products Section:
Mark any upsells or cross sells. Where applicable on the individual product pages these other items will be displayed.
In the Attributes Section:
Select any custom attributes. (Managing custom attributes can be tricky, see our custom attributes article for more details on how to manage this.)
In the Advanced Section:
Add a purchase note, this is a note that will go to customers once they’ve purchased the product. This is a great place to add a note asking for Google or product reviews.
Select the menu order, this is where you can determine where in a default ordering of products does this fall.
Enable reviews. Enabling reviews is a few step process, but this is an important part of the process.
In the Facebook Section:
Here you can add a Facebook description, image and price if different from the defaults.
In the Get More Options Section:
You can download other plugins that will enable other features if desired.
Add the text that you want to follow the URL, for example https://linkasaur.us/product-number-1/
Product Short Description
Adding a short description is a good idea because with some themes and some layouts there will be a short description that pops up. You can copy and paste the first few sentences from your standard description, or write a new one.
On the right side of the page there are more options:
Here you can determine the status, if it’s a draft or finished product.
You can determine the visibility, should the product be displayed on the website.
You can set a publish date if you don’t want it to publish immediately.
Catalog Visibility is similar to general visibility, do you want the product show or not. Changing the visibility in the first option should affect it everywhere though.
Mark whatever category you want this product to have. Make sure these are correct because most pages display products based on their category, so to make sure the right item is shown in the right places this should be correct.
Similar to categories you can add tags as another way to sort the items in WooCommerce.
Under Facebook it will tell you if your products are synced to Facebook or not.
This is an important piece too because without an image a gray box will appear.
Add other pictures of the product, including any videos here.