WooCommerce provides a lot of possibilities when it comes to setting up and displaying products on your store. This article intends to cover some of the basic features of products settings.
First of all, you can go to the products settings page by navigating through the following path:
WooCommerce → Settings → Products
On your products settings section, you can see different tabs that deal with specific aspects of products settings. They are:
- Downloadable Products
Let’s start with General
This tab deals with the units of measurement of your products and how product reviews are displayed on your storefront.
You can set Weight Unit from the drop-down according to the preference of the country you are selling to.
Similarly, you can set up the Dimensions Unit as well.
You’ve got review!
In the Reviews section, you can enable Product Ratings to allow your customers to rate the products that they purchase.
Once you tick the checkbox to enable product ratings, three additional fields will be displayed that will help you control the customer behavior in terms of product reviews. These are:
- ‘Ratings are required to leave a review’ – the customer has to rate the product to write a review
- ‘Show “verified owner” label for customer reviews’ – this will differentiate actual customers who bought the product from other reviewers.
- Only allow reviews from “verified owners” – only customers who actually bought the product can write a review on your store.
Do not forget to click Save changes button every time you update the settings.
Now, let’s move on to the Display sub-menu.
Here you can set the base shop page of your store. A shop page will be created and selected automatically if you have run the Setup Wizard at the start. This shop page acts as a placeholder for a post type archive (more about this in another article) for products.
If you want to use the shop base page in your product permalinks, you can click the link below to go to Permalinks Settings.
Next setting in the Display sub-menu is Shop Page Display. Here you can modify how your products and categories are displayed. Choose from three options: Show products, Show categories, and Show categories & products.
Similar to Shop Page Display, you can set a Default Category Display also. You get to choose from the same options as before.
Using the next setting, you can set a default sorting order for the product catalog. Choose how you want to sort your products from the following screenshot
Add to cart behavior
You can control how the front-end of your store behaves when your customer adds a product to the cart. You can choose to enable ‘Redirect to the cart page after successful addition of a product’ or ‘Enable AJAX add to cart button on archives’, where the customer can choose to continue shopping or go to the cart page.
Add to cart behavior determines what will happen in the front-end of your store when a customer adds something to the cart. If you tick the first checkbox, the customer will be redirected to the cart page after every successful addition to the cart.
If you tick the second checkbox, the customer will not be automatically redirected to the cart page but a View cart option will be displayed along with a tick mark on the Add to cart button. This will help your customer continue shopping for other products without the endless back and forth between cart page and shop page.
Sizing up your image bank
Next section deals with your product image sizes. Let’s look into how each of these images look in the front-end of your store.
You can choose to keep the default settings or update according to your preferences.
Catalog Images are what the customers will see in the product listing.
Single Product Image is what the customer sees when a specific product is clicked.
When you add multiple images of a product, product thumbnails will be displayed below the Single Product Image.
Lightbox is a feature that helps the customer to have a closer look at a product.
Set the size for each of these images in the Product Images section.
If you keep the ‘Hard Crop?‘ checkbox next to the image size field ticked, the image will be cropped to fit into the pre-defined size (in case the image you are trying to add is larger than the pre-defined size). WooCommerce keeps these boxes ticked by default.
You can enable or disable Lightbox feature by ticking the Product Image Gallery checkbox. This will help to load all the images of your product in a lightbox when your customer clicks the Single Product Image.
Once you complete updating all the settings in the sub-menu, do not forget to click the Save changes button.
Prepping your inventory
Next, we’ll move into the Inventory sub-menu, which helps to track your inventory. First of all, you have to ensure that the Stock Management checkbox is ticked.
You can choose the time limit until WooCommerce hold stock for an unpaid order. The order will be cancelled beyond this time. The value you enter is in minutes and if you leave this field blank, the Hold Stock option will be disabled.
Dealing with the out-of-stock challenge
There are two fields that deal with low-stock and out-of-stock notifications. You can enable either or both by ticking the respective checkboxes.
Next, in the Notification Recipient(s) field, enter the email address that will get the notification. If you are entering multiple emails, remember to separate them by comma.
You can also set threshold values for Low Stock and Out of Stock. This will help WooCommerce understand how you define low stock and out of stock. Use the arrow keys in the numeric text box to increase or decrease the values.
It is advisable to set a value more than one for Out Of Stock Threshold also as you need to keep some products in stock (in case you face any issues with a previous order).
Out Of Stock Visibility checkbox enables you to hide out of stock products. Tick this checkbox if you don’t want to show out of stock products in your product listing.
You can also set the Stock Display Format. Choose from the drop-down according to your preference. The options are:
- Always show stock e.g. “12 in stock”
- Only show stock when low e.g. “Only 2 left in stock” vs “In Stock”
- Never show stock amount
Once you update all the settings, do not forget to click Save changes button.
The download conundrum
The next sub-menu is an important one if you sell downloadable products on your store. The file download method has three options as follows:
- Force Downloads
- Redirect only
WooCommerce recommends the second one as the most reliable option. We will look into the merit of each of these settings in another article.
Access Restriction has two checkboxes to deal with how you want to set customer access for your downloadable products. These are:
- Downloads require login
- Grant Access to downloadable products after payment.
After completing the update for all the settings, do not forget to click Save changes button.
Your basic product settings are now complete. Moving forward, you can read about the process of adding products in another article.