How to Add a Simple Product in WooCommerce

There are a few different types of products which you can add to your WooCommerce store. The following are the types:

For this post, it’s going to be about the simple product. I will explain to you what a simple product is and also show you how to add a simple product the right way.

What is simple product

A simple product is a normal product with a price tag. And it’s also a product which requires you to ship it directly to the shopper. An example of a simple product would be a book, a clock, a bicycle and so on.

On the other hand, a simple product can also be a virtual product – a product with a price tag but can’t be physically shipped. Enabling the virtual product option will disable shipping for the simple product. An example of a virtual product is membership, subscription, warranties, and so on.

Also, a simple product can be a downloadable product – a product with a price tag and can only be downloaded. An example would be software, an ebook, a media file and so on.

How to add a simple product

To add a simple product, click on the Add New button under the Products tab.

Then, add the name of the product and also the full description of it.

Scroll a little down and you will see the Product data section. This is where you get to define the product type and also include other necessary information about the product such as price, inventory, and attributes.

To get started, you will need to select the type of product which you want to add. In this case, it will be a Simple product.

After that, define whether the simple product is a normal product, a virtual product or a downloadable product. If it’s a normal product, you can skip the following section.

Virtual and Downloadable product

If it’s a virtual product, check the Virtual check box.

You will notice that the Shipping tab will vanish from the Product data section. But the others remains the same.

On the other hand, if it’s a downloadable product check the Downloadable check box.

Doing so, you will notice some added sections which allow you to upload the downloadable files, insert the download limit and also set the expiry period for the downloadable files. However, the Shipping tab will still remain in the Product data section. In other words, you can still ship some details regarding the Downloadable product such as a hard copy of the product documentation and etc. But, if you want to disable shipping for it, check the Virtual box as well.

Other than that, adding a virtual or a downloadable product are pretty much similar to adding a normal product.

Add the price and other necessary information

The first thing you need to do is add the price of the product. If the product is on sale, you can also add the sale price of it.

On top of that, if you want to schedule the sale, click on the Schedule link.

It will allow you to set when the sale starts and when it ends. Basically automating the sale.

After that’s done, click on the Inventory tab to manage the inventory of the product. You can input the SKU, input the available number of stock, set whether the product is in stock or out of stock, and etc.

Learn more on how to manage inventory in WooCommerce here

Next up, shipping. This is where you set the Weight, Dimensions and Shipping class.

The weight and dimensions are something which can be obtained from the product. The shipping class on the other hand will require some knowledge in terms of setting it up.

Learn more about WooCommerce shipping class here

After the Shipping class is configured, it’s time to configure the Linked Products.

Linked Products are sort of like related products. This is to increase the average order value (AOV) in your WooCommerce store.

As you can see from the screenshot above, there are two types of Linked Products. Upsells and Cross-sells.

Learn more about Upsells here

And learn more about Cross-sells here

Up next is Attributes.

In layman term, attributes are features of a product. It allows you to further organize the products in your store. For example, you can organize the products in your WooCommerce store based on colors or certain specifications.

Learn more about Attributes here

And then there’s the Advanced tab. The Advanced tab allows you to input a purchase note, set the menu order and also decide whether you want to enable reviews for the product or not.

The purchase note is where you can insert a simple note to send to the shoppers when a product is purchased. For example, you can include a note which contains information on how long the product will arrive at their doorstep.

The menu order is how you sort the product in the product listing page of your WooCommerce store. For instance, if you want the product to appear at the very top, you will need to input a negative value. The lower the value of the number, the higher the product will be in the product listing page.

Learn more about WooCommerce product sorting here

And finally, if you want to allow shoppers to leave a review for the product, check the Enable reviews box.

After that, you will see the Get more options tab. This tab contains some recommended WooCommerce plugins to help you sell the product better. All the plugins recommended here comes with a price tag.

Product short description

If you scroll past the Product data section, you will see the Product short description section. This is where you add a short description of the product. Here’s an example:

You have to keep it short and simple. This is because the product short description will appear right above the Add to cart button. If the description is long, the Add to cart button will appear unsymmetrical with the product image.

Here’s an example of a product page with a lengthy short description.

And here’s an example of a product page with a short and simple product description.

As you can see from the screenshots above, the product page with a short description looks nicer.

The long description of the product should be added initially right after inserting the product name. It will appear neatly under the Add to cart button.

Product image and gallery

If you look towards the right-hand side of the screen after adding the product short description, you will see the Product image and Product gallery option.

The Product image is where you upload the featured image of the product. And the Product gallery is where you upload the other images related to the product.

Product categories and tags

Right above the Product image and Product gallery, you will see Product categories and followed by Product tags.

WPBeginner had a very interesting and accurate metaphor on categories and tags for WordPress. They said that if a website is a file cabinet, the categories will be its drawers. And the tags will be the labels on individual file folders.

The same metaphor can be used for the product categories and product tags in a WooCommerce store.

Learn more about adding a product category here

And learn more about adding a product tag here

Publish the product

All that is left for you to do now is hit the Publish button.

And you have successfully added a simple product into your WooCommerce store.