How to Add Variable Products to Woocommerce

Variable products are the most complex type of products to add to an e-commerce site. You have to keep a lot of things in mind when adding your products. Luckily for you we will show you how you can add variable products easily in WooCommerce.


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    Log in to your WordPress dashboard. This assumes that you already have the WooCommerce plugin installed. You then need to have a look at your left hand menu and click on Products>Add Product
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    Fill in the title for your product as you would do in a normal blog post. Also add a description in the text body.
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    Scroll down the page, then by Product Data you have to select Variable Product.
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    Add product details. Under the General tab you can fill a SKU number in for your product. Then select the Inventory tab and do not select Manage Stock.
    • You can say the item is in stock if it is, and you can allow back orders if you want to.
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    Fill in product custom attributes. Click the attributes tab and then we will select custom product attribute and then click the add button. After that you can fill give your variable a name. For example, you might choose size, length or whatever your variable is.
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    Fill in your variables, and you separate them using the vertical bar. It is they key next to the left shift button on UK keyboards. If your variable is length then you just fill in the length increments your product comes in, or dress sizes, you will know what sizes your product comes in. Remember to tick the "used for variations" box. You can then click on the save attributes button before proceeding.
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    Fill in product variations. You then click on the variations tab, and then you will click on the add variation button. You can then select the relevant variation, in this case the shoe size, and then fill in all the relevant boxes such as your price. Each variable can have a different price, so if you are selling something per meter, you can increase the price for each meter.
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    Click on the add variable button and it will add the same box again. You can select the variable (size) and then fill in the details again. You do this for as many variables your product might have that you want to sell.
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    Add product image and publishing. You can then click on the right hand side to add a product image.
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    Select the relevant product category for your variable product you just created.
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    Hit the publish button and then have a look at your product on your site. If you did it correctly you should be able to select the different variables for your product. In my case it is the different sizes for the golf shoe.


  • If you are selling clothing that comes in different sizes and colours, You will then add a second attributes box. One can then be for sizes, large, medium, small. The other box will have the different colour options, red, yellow, blue, black. When the customer sees the product on your page he will then select the size and colour before he can complete the transaction.You will also need to click the "link all variations" for it to enable all the combinations automatically for you.
  • Do not forget to add all different pictures of the different colours your product comes in. You can just click on the "add product images gallery" link above your featured product image link.

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