Effectively Setting Up Product Categories in WooCommerce

Posted OnSep 9, 2014     CategoryE-commerce     Comments2 comments

In this section of the guide to setting up an ecommerce website using the WooCommerce WordPress plugin, we will take a look at the process of creating product categories…

Step 1) On the Dashboard, head to the “Products” section of the left-hand sidebar and give it a click. You will be taken to the products page.


Step 2) From the dropdown of the “Products” section, click on “Categories”. On this page, you can view the categories that already exist (and make changes to them if you need to).  You can also create new product categories before the products are created, making it easier to group products when they are created.


Step 3) When creating a new category, add the name you want to use for your category.


Step 4) The next step is creating a slug, which is the URL friendly version of the name. This will be found at the end of the URL for the product category, e.g. www.wpkb.com/slug.


Step 5) If you have multiple products and want to create sub-categories (e.g. Music as a parent, Pop, Indie or Rock as a sub-category), you can do so by choosing a parent from the dropdown provided.


Step 6) You can create a description of the category in the box provided, which is useful if there are similar categories for your products. This will help set them apart and make it easier for you to find them.


Step 7) You can change the display type of the product category, from Products, Subcategories, to both.


Step 8) Use the Thumbnail section to upload an image that captures what the Product Category is about. The example below shows a pair of walking boots, which would be good for a ‘Mens Shoes’ category or a ‘Walking Gear’ category.




  1. Josh

    Hi, thanks for the article, it would be great if you could please add some details. For example, Step 7; What difference does it make choosing between “Products” and “Subcategories”? Thanks

    1. Aaron Osteraas

      It’s a way of choosing the display of the product category, which will depend on the theme that you’re using, and if it comes bundled with the correct files for the job.

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