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WooCommerce Product Types: A Complete Overview

WooCommerce Product Types

Suppose you run an online store powered by WordPress. In that case, the chance is significant that you use WooCommerce to keep track of your items and inventory. WooCommerce has excellent options for advertising and explaining your items out of the box. However, it may be challenging to determine which product types you should use at first glance.

Let’s look at all the different WooCommerce Product Types.

What are the Available WooCommerce Product Types

After the Product Settings for the shop have been defined, you can start adding products to the store’s inventory. WooCommerce makes it easier to manage your products by providing you with access to an extensive range of available product types. Putting your products into their different types might make it easier for you to keep track of everything. 

By default, WooCommerce offers a set of product types you can create in your store. While creating a new product, you can choose the option for the product type, and accordingly, the settings will change. Here is a quick look at the default WooCommerce product types you can create.

Simple Product

In WooCommerce, the most frequent and straightforward product type is the simple product. A simple product is a physical item that stands on its own and may require to be shipped to the customer. So start by making a simple product, giving it a price and an SKU so you can begin selling it.

A simple product in WooCommerce is one of the most user-friendly options. For example, you may publish a primary product with only a price, an SKU, and some stock information. The option to make a “Simple product” while creating a new product is available.

Grouped Product

A grouped product comprises several individual items that have been combined into one. No pricing or other product details will be included with the bundled offering. Several individual kid items contribute to the uniqueness of the grouped product.

Creating a grouped product allows you to add at least one child product to the group immediately. Individual offspring of the grouped product are also available for purchase by your customers.

From the pull-down menu, choose “Grouped product” and enter the names of the associated items. In this case, the Grouped product’s price will be calculated automatically based on the prices of its constituent components.

External/Affiliate Product

You may occasionally list an item in your shop even when you are not providing the goods or services yourself. If a consumer attempts to buy one of these items, they will be sent to the URL you put up for it on the product’s configuration page. Therefore, you may skip filling in any details about individual products on your website.

Variable Product

You can create complicated, changeable products using this category by adding different options to the same base product. There is a different pricing, stock level, SKU, etc., for each product configuration. If you want to create variation swatches in WooCommerce you need to create variable products for that.

Custom Product

In addition to these product types, you can add certain other product types using specific plugins.

Data Types of Different WooCommerce Product Types

When you create any type of product in WooCommerce, you’ll see two checkboxes: virtual and downloadable. Let’s get to know what they do.

Virtual Product

A “virtual” product does not exist in the “real world.” Therefore, there is no purpose in sending such a thing. As a result, creating and customizing a digital product is a breeze. Details like product size and weight, which are often part of any other product parameters, are not your responsibility.

Downloadable Product

Similar to virtual items, digital products likewise don’t need shipment. Instead, they might be obtained through a link to a specific online file. In most circumstances, there will be a restriction on the number of downloads of such items. Somewhat ironically, WooCommerce lets you choose delivery methods for digital downloads.

How to add WooCommerce Product Types?

Now that you are familiar with all the various product types, we will continue our discussion and explain how to add new WooCommerce product types.

How to Create Simple Products in WooCommerce?

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Products. Click on Add New to get started. A new interface pops up, where you can add the name of the product, its description, an image of the product, and so on. Also, choose the product’s category, tags, and attributes.

Simple Product
Simple Product

You will see different settings options here, which are:

General settings: This is where you can set the product’s regular price and its sale price.

Inventory is about adding SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) and keeping track of stocks.

Shipping: Setting up the weights and sizes of the products and choosing the Shipping class.

Linked Products: Choosing products for upsells and cross-sells.

Attributes: This lets you add product attributes to describe the product better.

Advanced settings: Adding purchase notes, ordering from the menu, and letting people write reviews.

Once you’ve set up all the settings, click the Publish button to complete your WooCommerce Simple Product setup.

How to Create Grouped Products in WooCommerce?

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Products. Click on Add New to get started.

Give information about the product, such as its name, description, category, and product image. Then, scroll down to “Product Data” and choose “Grouped product” from the dropdown.

Grouped Product
Grouped Product

But for these grouped products, you need to create child products. To do that, first, you have to create simple products. So, if you already have created simple products, go to Linked products when creating grouped products. Then, on the Grouped products text field, add your desired single products name(s). For example, suppose you have a grouped product called ‘Budget PC,’ so, in these linked products, you can add ‘ram,’ ‘keyboard,’ ‘mouse,’ etc.

Once you’ve set up all the settings, click the Publish button to complete your WooCommerce Grouped Product setup.

How to Create External/Affiliate Products in WooCommerce?

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Products. Click on Add New to get started.

Name, description, and other required fields must be filled out. Then, choose the External/Affiliate product in the product meta box.

External-Affiliate Product
External-Affiliate Product

If you choose this option, two more fields will be in the General section.

Product URL: This is where you can put the URL of the outside seller selling this product.

Button text: Show any text you want on the button that links your store to the product outside of it. This button says “Add to Cart” for items sold in your store.

Once you’ve set up all the settings, click the Publish button to complete your WooCommerce External/Affiliate Product setup.

How to Create Variable Products in WooCommerce?

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Products. Click on Add New to get started. Then, choose the Variable product in the product meta box.

Variable Product
Variable Product

When you select a variable product, you can see the Product Data meta box has more options. These are specific to this product type, such as ‘Attributes’ and ‘Variations.’

Variable Product Attributes
Variable Product Attributes

To start with, we will go to the Attributes section. First, use the ‘Custom product attribute dropdown, where you can select the desired attribute for your new variable product. Then, simply select and click add to apply the attribute.

Next, we will create variations of the product.

Variable Product Variations
Variable Product Variations

First, we’ll go to the section called “Attributes.” Use the dropdown menu next to “Custom product attribute,” where you can choose the attribute you want for your new variable product. Then, to apply the attribute, just pick it and click “Add.”

Next, we’ll come up with different versions of the product.

The easiest way is to let WooCommerce make all possible variations at once. When you go to the Variations screen, choose “Create variations from all attributes” and click the Go button immediately. But if you want to do it by hand, click “Add Variations” and then “Go.”

Next, you need to give each of the variations you made more information.

Move the cursor over one of the choices to see a few icons. Click the arrow to make the screen bigger. Here, you can add all the necessary information about the product, such as the price, SKU, shipping information, tax information, etc.

You can set a different price for each variation of a WooCommerce variable product. You can go to the Product Data tab of a variation on its own and add a price there.

Once you’ve set up all the settings, click the Publish button to complete your WooCommerce Variable Product setup.

How to Add Different Data Types of Products in WooCommerce?

We’re done with setting up different WooCommerce Product types. Now let’s also go through different data types.

Adding a virtual product

The initial creation of a virtual product is identical to that of a simple product. Click on Add New to get started. Then, select Virtual product in the product meta box.

Virtual Product
Virtual Product

Input the relevant details, including name, description, categories, etc.

Check the ‘Virtual’ option on the product type screen to make the product virtual. The shipping component is removed from the Product Data meta box when a product is marked as virtual.

Adding a Downloadable product

The initial creation of a downloadable product is identical to that of a simple product. Click on Add New to get started. Then, select the downloadable product in the product meta box.

Downloadable Product
Downloadable Product

Input the relevant details, including name, description, categories, etc.

Check the ‘downloadable’ option on the product type screen to make the product downloadable. Once you select it, multiple settings come out of nowhere. Which are:

Name and File URL: Click the “Add file” button and type in the product’s name and URL. You can also click the Choose file button and give the path to the file that way.

Download limit: You can limit your customer how many times they can download the product again. Leave this field blank to let your customers re-download your file as often as they want.

Download expiry: Choose how long the link to download will work. The link stops working after the number of days that was set.

Download type: You can choose from three options to say what type of downloadable product you are selling.

Conclusion

And we are done explaining different WooCommerce product types and the data types addition. So you can now easily add different types of WooCommerce products to your store. Best of Luck with your future endeavors.

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Written byRuhul

Ruhul is a technical and SEO-driven content writer, a tech enthusiast, and a pro gamer. He loves exploring new things and has written over 1000 articles on diverse topics.

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