Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Configure the sidebar, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] We've got the Shop page looking pretty great, but we have this sidebar that's just sitting here. It isn't doing anything to help us sell more product. Let's make this sidebar more useful. We'll go to Customize, and then Widgets, and now we can customize the sidebar. Now what's not immediately obvious is that this Search actually searches the whole site, including posts, and pages, and other things. It isn't limited to products so if your site has mostly products and just a few blog articles, it's better to replace this with a search box that searches for just products.
Let's remove this, and then we'll add a new one, and this one is just called product search, and we'll move this one to the top. Recent Posts will only show you new posts from your blog. Not that useful. Recent Comments we can get rid of. Archives, Categories, and definitely Meta which lets admins log in. Let's add some more useful stuff like product categories. Now you may see something that says no categories over here on the right, but earlier in the course I imported products and those imported products have categories like clothing, hoodies, t-shirts, et cetera.
If you don't see any categories, that's because your products don't have any categories set. We can go ahead and quickly show you how to do this. I'll minimize this and save our progress so far. Let's go back to the admin, and we'll add a category to some of our products. For B-Complex, I will scroll down and I'll add a new category called Supplements, and press Enter. There it is. I'll go ahead and save that, and I'll do the same thing with my Mineral Water.
I'll do the same thing to the Six Pack of Mineral Water. There it is. If we go back and customize that Widget, I'm going to tweak this just a little bit. I see Mineral Water in Supplements, but I want to hide all these categories that don't have anything in them right now. Hide empty categories. That's better. And now if you happen to have lots and lots of products, there's one more thing we can do.
Browsing by category is useful, but there's something called the WooCommerce Layered Nav, and this let's you filter something. So for example, we could filter by color, and this will pull in any of the attributes we've created. Earlier in this course, we created attributes for color and size. I'll go ahead and use color. If you don't see Filter by in the sidebar, it's likely because you don't have any of the products that have those attributes on the page. Make sure that you have products and those products have those attributes, otherwise Filter by will be hidden.
I've one of each of these products, and that's the Dance Pants. If we had more products that, for example just came in medium, them we'd be able to filter by all medium and it would hide any products that don't have a medium option. Now we have a sidebar that's very helpful for browsing our product catalog, searching our product catalog, and filtering our product catalog.
- Why WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Adding products, including images and data
- Creating a subscription product
- Setting up shipping
- Configuring payment options
- Setting up taxes
- Customizing your theme
- Connecting Google Analytics and MailChimp
- Managing orders and reports