If you have an e-commerce site, and have new products that you would like to add to your site for sale, you can do so with the following steps:

  1. Log in to your website at www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin with your account username and password. If you need assistance on how to log in, you can read more here.
  2. There is a dark grey bar at the top of the site once you are logged in, and there you will find a label with a plus sign icon, and the word “New” which you will hover over to show a dropdown menu, and click “Product.” This will take you to the page where you will be able to add a new product.
  3. The field at the top of the page that says “Product name” is where you enter in the name of the product as you would like it displayed on the website.
  4. Below the product name field is a large paragraph style text area where you will enter the description of the product. Include specifications and any copywriting that you will want to display under the title of the product on your website. You should also copy and paste this text into the “Product short description” box at the bottom of the page.
  5. At the right side of the screen, you will need to check off the appropriate product categories that the product fits into, and you can also create new categories.
  6. Add your product image to the “Product Image” box towards the bottom of the right options sidebar. This will be the thumbnail of the product that displays on your website. Product gallery images will be available to customers on the product page as additional images of the product to click through.
  7. There is a tab under the large text area, and above the product short description tab that is labeled “Product data” where all of your price information, product options, and inventory is input and managed. At the top of the tab, there is a dropdown menu which should read “Simple Product” by default. If your product has options for the customer to select, like color variations, size variations, etc. then you will need to select “Variable Product” on this dropdown menu, otherwise it will be appropriate to continue with “Simple Product” selected.

 

For Simple Products

  1. Under the General tab, the “regular price” field is where you will enter the price charged to customers when they buy your product. If you enter a “sale price” the sale will be actively running, and will supersede the regular price. You can schedule the sale price to only be active between certain dates if you click the “schedule” hyperlink next to the sale price field.
  2. If you want the product to be out of stock on your site after a certain amount is ordered, click the Inventory tab underneath the General tab, and make sure the checkbox that says “Enable stock management at product level” is enabled. You will then be able to enter the inventory you have in stock. Enter the number of inventory left after which you want the product to display being low in stock on your website in the low stock threshold field or leave it blank to ignore this option. You can also allow or disable backorders for once the product goes out of stock. Adding a SKU to the product is for your reference and inventory management, and is optional.
  3. Once you are done, make sure you click the blue “Publish” button to make your product live and available for sale on your website. This button is towards the top of the right sidebar. If the product has already been published, this button will read “Update”. If you would like to save the product details, but not allow customers on your site to see the product, you can instead click the “Save Draft” button, and return to this product page at any time to Publish the product.

 

For Variable Products

  1. If you have one or more options for customers to choose from when buying your product, then after making sure the Product data tab is set to “Variable Product” you will want to select the attributes tab to start inputting the product options.
  2. In the attributes tab, click the “Add” button. Two fields, with two checkboxes will appear. The name of your attribute should be the name of the option (ex: Color, Size, etc.). The values box is where you enter all of the available choices (Red, Blue, etc.) but these must be separated with the “|” divider character on your keyboard rather than commas. Make sure both checkboxes on the attributes tab are selected so that the product options are visible on the site, and that the options will be used for variations. Before leaving, click the blue “Save Attributes” button.
  3. After completing the last step, you will move on to the Variations tab, underneath the Attributes tab. Select the dropdown menu that says “Add Attribute” and change it to “Create variations from all attributes” then click the “Go” button.
  4. A pop-up may display that asks if you are sure about continuing. Click “Ok” to proceed past this pop-up. Note that you can only create 50 variations at one time. If you have more than 50 product variations you will need to repeat Step #3 until all of your variations are created. To know how many variations your product has, you multiply the amount of options within each attribute by one another (ex: Color: Red, Blue, Green = 3, and Size: Small, Medium, Large = 3, so 3×3=9. If these were your attributes, you would have 9 total variations).
  5. Each project will be listed as a dropdown tab. You can proceed to enter in all of the pricing, inventory, and specification information for each product variation. If you would like to enter in information that will be applied to all of your product variations, you can access bulk actions via the dropdown menu that says “Add Variation”. You will be able to do things like set a price for all of the product variations, or turn stock/inventory management on for all of the product variations, or you can enter in this information individually. Once you have entered this information, hit the blue “Save Changes” button.
  6. Once you are done, make sure you click the blue “Publish” button to make your product live and available for sale on your website. This button is towards the top of the right sidebar. If the product has already been published, this button will read “Update”. If you would like to save the product details, but not allow customers on your site to see the product, you can instead click the “Save Draft” button, and return to this product page at any time to Publish the product.

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