Creating Products with WooCommerce

Creating products in WooCommerce can seem a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of options and fields that you can set for each product.

But the good news is that once you start adding more and more products into your store, it all gets a lot easier.

So in this article, we’re going to walk through how to add a product to your WooCommerce store.

Basic information

The first thing you’ll need to do is to add in some basic information about the product. The main part of the editor looks a lot similar to the default editor in WordPress.

The “post title” will be the name of your product. And the content you add to the main area will be the description of the product that is shown on the product page. So go ahead and fill those out for your new product.

Along the right hand side of the editor you’ll be able to set the category for the product, add in tags for the product (to make it a bit easier for people to search for), set a product image that will shown in various areas of your store and add in a gallery of images for the product.

Product short description

Skipping to the bottom of the editor, you can also add in a short description for the product. Depending on what theme you’re using, this might show up in a few areas on your website. It’s a good idea to go ahead and fill this out for every product you add to your store.

Product data

The product data section is the most complex part of adding a new product to your site. So let’s go through it slowly.

First, the Product Type field (simple, group, external/affiliate or variable product) and virtual or downloadable options can change how the rest of the section works for you. Most likely you’ll just be using simple or variable products (virtual and downloadable products behave mostly the same just without shipping).

If you are adding in a simple product, you can add in the regular price and the sales price right in the general tab that’s visible by default. If it’s a variable product, you can add in the SKU number and choose whether to manage the stock level as a product as a whole or by individual variations.

Also, if your product is a downloadable or virtual product, you can upload the file for the product here and set a download limit or expiration date.

If you are selling a simple product, the next tab is where you can control the inventory for the product: SKU, stock status, stock quantity, etc.

The next tab for both is the shipping tab where you can define the dimensions of the product as well as the weight. You can also set the shipping class for the product, if you have those defined already.

Next up is the Linked Products tab where you can set product upsells and cross-sells.

After that is the Attributes tab where you can define various attributes for your product. The best example would be t-shirts. You probably would have size as one attribute and color as another. If you are creating a variable product, this is mandatory for the next section.

If you are creating a variable product, the next tab is the variations tab. Here, you’ll first need to select “Create variations from all attributes” and then hit “go”. This will create variations of the product for each combination of attributes. On this tab, you’ll be able to add in the SKU, manage the stock, set the price, add in a product image, set the dimensions and weight and add in a description for each variation.

Finally, the advanced tab allows you to set a purchase note, customize the menu order and enable or disable reviews for the product.

What’s next?

So now you’ve created your product. Great! Now you just need to repeat this until all of your products are in your store.

Once that’s complete, it’s time to get started with a payment gateway on your site so that you can process payments in your store.

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