Product Ratings, Images, Sorting, Display and More with WooCommerce
The next step in the guide to setting up an ecommerce website via the WooCommerce WordPress Plugin is to look through the product options on the general options section of the plugin, where you can manage default displays, product data, reviews, and more.
Step 1) From the Dashboard, scroll down to “WooCommerce”, and from the dropdown provided, choose “Settings”. On the settings page, you can then click on “Products” from the navigational toolbar. There are two different settings for Products, and we will look at Product Options first.
Step 2) The first step is to create a Product Archive/Shop Page for your new products to go. You can choose between the Home page, Blog, Cart and Checkout pages. The default is Shop, and it is likely to be what you stick with.
Step 3) The Shop Page display can be altered to show just products, subcategories and both.
Step 4) The Default Category display can also be changed to show all of the products and subcategories, or just the one.
Step 5) Your products can be sorted into a default layout, including Custom Ordering + Name, Popularity, A-Z and Average Rating (if you are allowing product reviews).
Step 6) If you tick the Redirect box, you will automatically be redirected to the cart page, where you will be able to click ‘Continue Shopping’ from that page. This gives some people peace of mind, whereas others might be annoyed by it. The decision is solely with the website owner. You can also enable AJAX ‘Add to Cart’ buttons to be available on your achives.
Step 7) You can change the Weight and Dimension units of your products (e.g. kg, lbs and oz for weight) depending on what you prefer and where in the world uses particular units. For example, Australia and NZ use kg for weight, so if you were based there, you would want your measurements to meet the expectations of the customers.
Step 8) The product ratings section could be used to drive sales, so give these boxes a readthrough and consider allowing your customers to leave ratings for your products. You can specify using the tick boxes below.
Step 9) When you create a product, the catalog, single product and thumbnail images are created. From this section, you can alter the size dimensions and allow for a hard crop of all images.
Step 10) The downloadable products section is for when people want to download files from your site. These options include:
- Force Downloads – Files are ‘forced’ to download via a PHP script. The files shouldn’t be accessible to anyone but purchasers and direct links are hidden.
- X-Accel-Redirect/X-Sendfile – This is similar to ‘forced’ above, however it has much better performance and can support larger files. This option requires that your hosting provider supports either X-Sendfile or X-Accel-Redirect so you will need to check with them first.
- Redirect only – Download links simply link the user to the file. Files are not protected from outside access.
The top two options will keep files safe from any outside access. The redirect option is only usually used if you don’t mind having insecure downloads or if you are having problems forcing downloads.
Step 11) When you are setting the restrictions to download access, you can create a login so that no guest purchasers can gain access, and grant access to downloadable products after payment. Ticking this box will also grant access to orders that are in the processing stage and have not yet been completed.