Setting Up WooCommerce Product Categories
In the first couple UploadWP.com tutorials we covered the basic settings for the WooCommerce plugin and the WooStore theme. Moving forward with our series on how to build an eCommerce site using WordPress, WooCommerce and the WooStore theme we’re now going to show you how to setup your WooStore Product Categories. The most part of this step is deciding how you want your eCommerce site product category structure to setup. You’ll find that the actual setup of the product categories is simple.
Give Much Thought to Your Product Category Structure
Before we can begin adding products to our new eCommerce site we must first setup the product categories. It’s very important to take time to really think about how best to structure your product category setup so that it makes the most sense for your eCommerce site. Once your categories are setup and you have products live on the site it is very difficult to go back and modify the category hierarchy. So I really need to stress the importance of thinking through your product category pyramid before actually creating it.
Personally, I like to map out the product category structure on paper so that I can see it before creating it. Visually seeing it on paper allows me to take a step back and decide if it really makes sense for the long run. This exercise also allows me to see if it’s built to scale so that the site can grow to it’s full potential.
Determining your high level categories is most important because you can always add “child categories” later if you need to drill down and get more specific. For your high level categories you should be as broad as possible. Creating far reaching top level categories will allow the site to grow to scale.
How to Create Your WooStore Product Categories
In the WooCommerce tutorial video below, I choose to setup the top level product categories for WorldCupTees.com by teams that participate in the World Cup of soccer. For example, the first three product categories that I setup were Team USA, Team Brazil, and Team Italy. Structuring the high level product categories by team gave me the greatest amount of flexibility with my category structure going forward. As the site grows and more products are added, I can always drill down and add sub-categories if needed. In the beginning however, I like to keep the high level product categories as general as possible.
Creating Product Categories in the WordPress admin
After you’ve decided on your WooStore product category hierarchy, log into the WordPress admin and go to: Products > Product Categories > enter your product category name in the “Name” field > enter the Slug (all lower case with dash between each word) > upload a product category image (this is optional but highly recommended) > click “Add New Product Category” > repeat this process for each of your high level categories as demonstrated in the WooCommerce Product Category tutorial video below…