How to add a product (wholesale storefront)

In this article you will learn about products, product types, and how to add them.

Product types

Note: To learn more about when a Variable product should be used instead of a Simple product, please visit the following article: Simple vs variable products

Products are the goods you sell in your shop. You can sell coffee, or any other goods, like T-shirts, brewing equipment, mugs, etc. Once you publish a product, it will automatically be displayed from your shop page.

Below is an example of products and with different variations:

  • Simple product (no variations): A product that gets sold in one packaging unit (e.g. 250g) and exactly one grind style (e.g. whole). If you sell all your products from the shop in just one exact variation and you don’t need to set up production variations, you can just use a Simple product. 

In our example, the product Ethiopia Washed - no variations can only be ordered in one weight (i.e. 250g), and grind style (i.e. Whole).

  • Variable product (with variations): A product that gets sold in multiple variations in weight and grind style (or any other variation). Your customers will be able to select the variation they want to order on the product detail page.

In our example, the product House Blend - with variations can be ordered in multiple different weights (i.e. 250g, 500g, 1kg) and different grind styles (i.e. Whole bean, Filter, Espresso).

Adding products

  1. From your Dashboard, go to the Products section.
  2. Add a new product to the list with the Add new button at the top next to the heading or Duplicate one of your existing products:
  3. On the product detail page you can fill out a product description and update your variations. Be sure to set the right sales price you want to charge for the product. 
  4. Make sure you click Update or Publish, so your product is displayed from your shop.

Hint: To learn how to bulk update products, and product variations via a CSV file import, please visit the following article: How to bulk update products

To learn how to set a discount via a product, please visit the following article: Setting up wholesale prices & discounts on your storefront

Categorizing products 

Product categories help you to organize your products. If you want to have different categories, or you want to update the categories, please try the following:

  1. From your Dashboard, go to Products > Categories.
  2. From the Categories page, enter the name for the category.
    Note: Leave the "slug" field empty.

  3. Click the Add category button when ready.

Note: To edit a category after it has been added, please hover over the category in question, then click the Edit button.

Setting up product attributes and variations

The best way to manage weight options is to set up product attributes. Once you have created attributes, you will be able to select them as variations when creating or editing a product.

Note: To learn about setting up product attributes, visit the following manual: How to set up product attributes

Applying attributes onto a product

Hint: To learn more about applying attributes, visit the following WooCommerce resource page: WooCommerce Docs: Variable products - Global attributes

After you have added your product attributes, the attributes must be applied to the products you want to establish variations for. Please try the following instructions:

  1. From your Dashboard, go to Products section.
  2. Edit or create a new product.
  3. Scroll down to the Product data section then click Attributes.
  4. Click the Attributes drop-down menu, and select the attribute you want to add (i.e. GrindSize, Weight), then click the Add button. Your product attribute is now set onto the product.
  5. Under the Value field, select the attribute terms.
    Note: Click on the Select all button to automatically select all the set terms for the attribute, or click the Select none button to deselect the selected values.
  6. Click the Save attributes button.

Please enable the checkbox "Used for variations", if you plan to set variations for the product.

Note: Click the Add new button corresponding to an attribute to add attribute terms directly from the edit/create product page.

Applying variations onto a product

Hint: To learn more about applying variations, visit the following WooCommerce resource page: WooCommerce Docs: Variable products - Variations

After having configured your product with your set attributes, and attribute terms, you need to apply the variations that you want available for your product.

  1. From your Dashboard, go to Products section.
  2. Edit or create a new product.
  3. Scroll down to the Product data section then click Variations.
  4. There are drop-down menus corresponding to the attributes you have set. Select the attribute term from the available Any <attribute name> drop-down menu(s) (i.e. Any GrindSize, Any Weight).
  5. Add another variation for setup by selecting Add variation from the available drop-down menu*, then click the Go button.

  6. Click the Save changes button.

Note: A variation needs to have a Regular Price established before it can be displayed from your web store. If you haven't established a price for a product's variation, the following message will display from the product's variations section:

= # of variations without an established price.

Hint: To have WooCommerce create every possible combination of variations, select the Create variations from all attributes option from the drop-down menu  and click the Go button.

Congratulations! You can now add products onto your wholesale storefront!

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