WooCommerce – How to Manage Product Categories, Tags and Attributes

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WooCommerce allows you to set categories, tags and attributes to your products. These are important aspects that will provide an organized structure to your product listings. If you set these features appropriately on your store, your customers will find it more easier to find specific products through your store.

You will find the settings page for each from the admin panel.

Product Categories

To find the settings page for categories, go to: Products → Categories

You can also add a new category while creating the product also, but for detailed settings it’s best to go to the category settings page.

Settings page for categories
Settings page for categories

You can add a Name, a Slug and a Description for the category here. You can also specify if you want to nest the new category under an existing category using the Parent drop-down.

Adding new category
Adding new category

WooCommerce allows you to choose how the categories will be displayed on the front-end with the Display type drop-down.

Choosing display type and thumbnail for categories
Choosing display type and thumbnail for categories

After entering all the required details, click Add New Product Category button to complete the process.

You can also modify the order of categories from this page by clicking and dragging a category. This will be helpful when you’re displaying the categories on the front-end of your store.

Product Tags

To find the settings page for Product Tags, you can go to: Products → Tags

Same as the settings for the category page, you can add a name, slug and description for your new tag and click the Add New Product Tag button.

Adding a new product tag
Adding a new product tag

Product Attributes

Product Attributes are extremely important when you are selling variable products. To find the settings page for Attributes, you can go to: Products → Attributes

You can add a Name and Slug for the new attribute. There is an ‘Enable Archives?’ checkbox to help you set product archives for this attribute. Tick the checkbox if you want to enable this feature.

Adding a new attribute
Adding a new attribute

There are two more fields which you can configure before creating an attribute.

The Type drop-down defines how you select attributes for the products – manual entry or select from a drop-down.

The Default sort order drop-down defines the sort order of the terms in the attribute  on the front-end of your store. You can drag and drop the terms if you select custom ordering.

Once you add all the settings, do not forget to click the Add Attribute button.

Determining attribute selection
Determining attribute selection

You have created a new attribute. Now you have to configure terms in this attribute. For example, let’s create an attribute ‘Size’.

You can go to the settings of the attribute by clicking the gear icon on the right end of the attribute row.

configure-terms-for-the-attribute

A new window will be displayed with the title ‘Add New Size’.

Add a Name, Slug and Description. You can also define a parent for the term.

Once you add all the required information, click Add New Size button.

Configuring terms in an attribute
Configuring terms in an attribute

You can add multiple sizes by repeating the process.

Once you add all the available sizes, you can find your attributes and terms displayed on the attributes page.

Displaying terms and attributes
Displaying terms and attributes

These are global attributes, which you can use for any product that you add on your store. Alternatively, you can create custom attributes while creating a variable product. Learn more about this in the article for variable products.

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