Creating a Product

To add a new product to the store, go to Products -> Add New. When setting up products in the store, store admins should think about these.

  • Am I selling all physical products or some digital files too?
  • Will all my products have shipping?
    1. What kind of rate is used in determining shipping?
      1. Does the cost of shipping determined by weight?
      2. Does the cost of shipping determined by price?
    2. Will there be free shipping on specific products?
  • Is there tax on specific products? Is there extra tax for specific products?
  • Will there be variations of a product ?

After answering the questions above, here’s a step by step guide to set up a product:

  • Enter the title of the product. The long text field under Edit Product is the title of the product. Enter the desired title. There are 3 buttons underneath the title text field.
    1. Change Permalinks : This is the way the link is structured. This is part of WP core.
    2. View Product. : Preview of the product page.
    3. Get Shortlink : Copying the link to your browser
  • Enter the description of the product. The big text area underneath the title is description of the product. The description is using WYSIWYG editor. This allows all sorts of editing that store admin might require. Beside the editor, there is a text tab where store admin can insert HTML.

  • Next step is to set up Variations. Variations are varieties of the product that is being sold. An example of common variations would be color and size. To set up variations, these are the steps:
    1. There are 2 variations tabs:

      Setup – Setup tab is used to Add and generate new variations. There are 2 elements of a variation. Name and variants. Name is the title of the variations and variants is the type. To generate a new variation, store owner needs to add a variation, check the checkboxes on which variation that needs to be added then click on generate variation.

      Manage – After all the variations has been generated, manage tab allows store admins to fine-tune each variation as a product of its own. It is important to put in the details of each of the variations since prices, shipping and taxes needs to be configured on each variants.

  • add_product_product_delivery_downloadadd_product_product_delivery_external_link Next step is to set up the Product Delivery. There are 2 types of products, physical or downloadable.
    1. Product is a downloadable.
      • At the shipping tab - should the store sells both physical and downloadable products, it is recommended for store admin to check the checkbox "Product will not be shipped to customers". Unchecking the checkbox will cause shipping to be applied to the product.
      • At the download tab - this is where store admin would put their downloadable.
      • At external link - should store admin uploaded the downloadable somewhere else, this would be a place to put them.
    2. Product is a physical product.
      • At the shipping tab - vice versa from downloadable product, The checkbox "Product will not be shipped to customers" should be unchecked. Size and dimension should be filled. And keep in note that if there are variations, every variants size and dimension needs to be filled in as well.
      • At download tab - leave it blank (unless there is a downloadable attached with the physical product)
      • At external link - leave it blank (unless there is a downloadable attached with the physical product)
  • add_product_product_details Next step is to set up product details. The information here will be shown in your site depending on the theme used.
    1. Image Gallery - Image gallery will ONLY be activated with gold cart plugin (as of 3.8.14.x) or other plugins that access it.
    2.  Short Description - The short description will be shown depending on your theme
    3. Personalization - Giving the customers ability to either write a message or upload a file. These will show up in the store sales.
    4. Metadata - Used by themes if needed.
  • add_product_product_tags Next step is product tags. The product tags are a collection of words that is related to your product. It functions like a tag and helps store admins remember what the product is ( think of it like if one can described the product in several words, what will it be).
  • add_product_product_categories Next is Product Categories. Not only that categories are used to categorize the products, but it is often used by the themes for display purposes. Especially when the store has a lot of product. To set up a new product category, simply click on "+add a new product category" then type in the new category to add. store admins would have the option to add a child category.After a new category is added, store admins can select multiple category for the product.
  • add_product_featured_image Next is Featured Image. Featured image is the icon for the product. It will be shown in the products page and in the individual product page. To set it up simply click on "Set featured image" and choose or upload the image desired.
  • add_product_product_pricing Next is the Product Pricing. there are 2 types of product pricing:
    1. For products without variants. There are 2 types of prices that the user needs to input. Price and Sale Price. If store admin fills in both prices, what the customer will see is the original price crossed out and the sale price gets shown. Otherwise, store admin should only fill in the Price field.
    2. For products with variants. There will be a message like such "This product has variations. To edit the price, please use the Variation Controls". This means go to each variants and set the price individually.
  • add_product_stock_inventory Next is setting up Stock Inventory. Beside inputting a SKU for the product, store admin is equipped with a stock control. This means that once an item stock reaches 0, store admin can be notified and/or automatically unpublish the product from the site.
  • add_product_taxes Finally the last element to configure is the Taxes. Taxes in individual product page settings is for special tax rules. Should the product be exempt from taxes or only partially taxable, this is where the special taxing gets configured.
  • add_product_publish After the product has been configured, don't forget to publish it!