Add a questions form tab to all products in WooCommerce

Depending on the products you sell, you may want to add a product inquiry tab so that it’s available for your shoppers in the event that they want to contact you about the product. Let’s look at two ways you can do this.

How can I add a product inquiry tab and form to all of my products on my store?

Option #1: WooCommerce Plugin

The easiest way to add a product inquiry form on your products is to use the Products inquiry form from WooCommerce. This creates a form tab and has a few minor settings but it’s pretty much plugin and play.

Option #2: Form Builder Compatible Plugin

If you use a form builder like Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, WPForms or even Formidable Forms, you can use WooCommerce Tab Manager from SkyVerge. WooCommerce Tab Manager allows you more finite control over the tabs on your products page, including the option to add a form to a tab.

Using GTIN numbers on products in WooCommerce

By default WooCommerce adds in a SKU custom field to products, but that may not cover your needs, depending on the products you offer. If you’re selling books or magazines ISBN numbers are going to be necessary. Various GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number) options are also important, both for selling and for tracking your products.

How to add GTIN number fields to WooCommerce Products

Or: I need to be able to add GTIN numbers onto the products listed on my store, but WooCommerce only adds an option for SKU?

Fortunately, there is code that can be added to your theme’s function.php that will allow you to use different GTIN options, be they UPC, EAN or ISBN numbers, for the products you’re selling. This is also handy if you happen to be listing your products on Amazon, via a feed.

WordPress Code Warning:
This article features code changes, or snippets, that you can make in your active themes function.php file. If you are unfamiliar with this task, or want to brush up, we have an article on Managing code snippets in WooCommerce. The technique provided can be used for both WordPress and WooCommerce sites.

It is recommended that you try this in a staging environment, which allows you the ability to make sure you have the functionality you’re looking for, without impacting your live site until you’re ready.

Alternative Option: Use a plugin to add GTINs

The option above is great if you’re familiar with customizing your site with code. You can easily drop that code into your themes functions.php file or even as a mu-plugin and get rolling. For those less familiar with using code though an alternative exists. There is a plugin on WordPress.org that can add the field in for you called WooCommerce Add GTIN: UPC, EAN, and ISBN. Just install this plugin like any other one and you’ll be good to go.

Setting Featured Products in WooCommerce

Featuring products on your website is a great way to show your best selling or popular products from your store. And setting products as featured products is super simple. WooCommerce has some built in functionality to making this happen. Let’s take a look below.

How do I set certain products as featured products?

To begin open and log into your WooCommerce sites Admin area. Navigate to your products page and find the product you want to have be featured, click the star to make that product be a featured product. It’s really that simple.

Once you have featured products set up, WooCommerce will allow you to show all of your featured products by using a shortcode. An example is below. Note that you can change the per page and columns to fit your needs.

[featured_products per_page=”10” columns=”2”]

It’s that easy. With those two steps, you are now showing your featured products to your visitors.

Selling digital products with WooCommerce

So far, we’ve covered a good variety of WooCommerce topics – we touched on order management, product creation and shop customizing. One scenario we haven’t covered yet is selling non-physical products. For example, what would you do if you needed to sell a subscription or a digital download?

In this article we’ll quickly go over how you can setup digital products for download. These are products that are not shipped to the user but rather an item they download – like an eBook.

How can I add digital download products to my store?

You can add a digital download product the same way as you would a simple product or a variable product. The only big difference is that you need to mark it as ‘downloadable’. Next you need to add the downloadable file, or files, to that product.

As you can see, in the example above, the process is very similar to creating any other product. Once you click the Downloadable check box you’ll have fields specific to digital products. In these fields you can control: a) the files included in this digital product, b) the amount of times the consumer can download the product, and c) the number of days before the download link expires.

Further reading

Overall the process is the same as creating a basic product in WooCommerce with a few new options. If you’re familiar with building products in WooCommerce then creating your first digital product should be a breeze. If you’re trying to create something more advanced though you can always read the official WooCommerce docs on Digital/Downloadable Product Handling.

Setting custom related products in WooCommerce

In one of our last articles on WooCommerce we covered how to turn off the related products section. Along a similar line of thought what if you want to customize this area instead of disable it? In this article we’ll show how you can control the related products that show in this section of your product pages!

By default WooCommerce allows you to have related products by categories. But what if you want to specify specific products to be related to other products? What do you do? The good news is there’s a free way to make this happen.

How can I set specific related products?

Custom Related Products for WooCommerce is a free plugin available in the WordPress.org plugin repo. You can download this directly from your site and activate it with a few clicks. Once installed and active you should see a new Related Products field in your products Linked Products tab.

With the plugin activated you can now begin manually setting related products for your shop items. Once you type three letters the text field will provide a drop down to select the products you’d like to show up.

Using this text field select all the products you’d like to show up as related. Once you’ve selected the products you can save, or update, the product to commit the changes. It’s really that easy to manage once you have the plugin installed.

TAKEAWAY

Running your own eCommerce store can be a very fulfilling experience, setting up and customizing that store can be another story. Picking the right eCommerce solution and hosting platform is a big deal though. If you go with a less common solution you’re gonna have less knowledge resources when it comes to customizing your store.

When you choose WooCommerce, you’re choosing a store platform that powers 42% of all eCommerce stores. That’s kinda a big deal – it means that if you want to try something custom, someone else may have a solution already. With such a huge, and active, community there’s no doubt WooCommerce is a great choice. When paired with a great host choosing WooCommerce becomes a no-brainer.

Control number of products per page in WooCommerce

A common question that comes up after someone gets their WooCommerce store setup is about customization. Setting up your store and getting the products loaded in is just part of running any webstore. One of the biggest benefits to WooCommerce is the opportunity for customization.

In the coming posts on WooCommerce we’ll explore some basic customization tasks that come up. Starting with a simple one, say you wanted to adjust the number of products that are shown per page in your shop. Continue reading “Control number of products per page in WooCommerce”

Building Product Variations in WooCommerce

Let’s say you have an WooCommerce shop where you sell varying types of trinkets and knickknacks. Maybe you have a fantastic glove collection and want to start selling them. So you’ve got a handful of products built in the store and things are going smooth.

You come across a pair of gloves that are identical to another you already built out, the only difference is the color. So what’s the best way to set that new product up? What about if you sell the same item in varying size? In this article we’ll learn about product variations and how these can help! Continue reading “Building Product Variations in WooCommerce”

Managing Product Inventory in WooCommerce

You’ve added all your products, but where do you manage your inventory within your dashboard? No good eCommerce platform would be complete with out inventory management – after all no one wants to manage they by hand. In this post we’ll take a look into how this works so you won’t have to manage stock yourself. Continue reading “Managing Product Inventory in WooCommerce”