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Adding a Product

Adding a simple product is similar to writing a post. Hover over the Products menu, then select Add Product. You then have a familiar interface and should immediately feel at home. Especially where you see to type the product title and description.

A familiar interface for adding product information

Under the editor is the Product Type panel. Define the product type (as outlined above) and whether it is a downloadable (digital) or virtual (service) product. Just note virtual products don’t require shipping — an order containing virtual products won’t calculate any shipping costs.

Product data

The Product Data meta box is where the majority of important data is added for your products.
Product data is added in this panel

Product data is added in this panel

General section

SKU – Stock keep unit (SKU) tracks products. Must be unique and should be formatted so it does not match any post IDs.
For example, post IDs are numbers so a SKU could be ED001. That could stand for Educational Material 001.
Price
  1. Regular Price – Item’s normal/regular price.
  2. Sale Price – Item’s discounted price that can then be scheduled for certain date ranges.

Inventory section

The inventory section allows you to manage stock for the product individually and define whether to allow back orders and more. If stock management is disabled from the settings page, only the ‘Manage stock?’ option is visible.

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Just of note, ticking the Sold Individually checkbox limits the product to one per order.

Shipping section

Weight – Weight of the item.
Dimensions – Length, width and height for the item.
Shipping Class – Shipping classes are used by certain shipping methods to group similar products.
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Linked Products section

Using up-sells and cross-sells, you can cross promote your products. They can be added by searching for a particular product and selecting the product from the dropdown list:
Product data is added in this panel

Product data is added in this panel

 

After adding them, they are listed in the input field:
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Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products that you may wish to encourage users to upgrade, based on the product they are currently viewing. For example, if the user is viewing the coffee product listing page, you may want to display tea kettles on that same page as an up-sell.

Cross-sells are products that are displayed with the cart and related to the user’s cart contents. As an example, if the user adds a Nintendo DS to their cart, you may want to suggest they purchase a spare stylus when they arrive at the cart page.

Grouping – Use this to make a product part of a grouped product.

Attributes section

On the Attributes tab, you can assign details to a product. You will see a select box containing global attribute sets you created (e.g., color, sizing, etc.).

Once you have chosen an attribute from the select box, click add and apply the terms attached to that attribute (e.g., Black/Grey Hue) to the product. You can hide the attribute on the front-end by leaving the Visible checkbox unticked.

Custom attributes can also be applied by choosing ‘Custom product attribute’ from the select box. These are added at the product level and won’t be available in layered navigation or other products.

Advanced section

Purchase note – Enter an optional note to send the customer after they purchase the product.
Menu order – Custom ordering position for this item.
Enable Reviews – Enable/Disable customers reviews for this item.
ExcerptAdd a short product description. This typically appears next to product imagery on the listing page, and the long description appears in the Product Description tab.

Categories and Tags

On the right-hand side of the Add New Product panel, there are product categories in which you can place your product. You can also assign product tags (#hashtags) the same way.

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