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Adding and managing products in WooCommerce

What good is an online store without any products? In this article, we'll take a look at the different types of products you can set up within your WooCommerce store and how to configure those various products to best suit the needs of your customers.

Product types

Whether you're selling standard products, digital downloads, customizable items or subscription services, or a combination of them all, we want to make your WooCommerce experience as seamless as possible. Managed WooCommerce Stores comes bundled with several different types of products that can be configured to suit your needs.

Simple products

Simple products are exactly as they sound - products without any additional requirements or customization needs. A customer can view the product, add it to their cart, and complete checkout without any additional selections.

For example, if you're selling a one-size-fits-all hat without any additional customization options, this would be considered a Simple Product.

Variable products

A variable product is one that may include customization options, such as size, color, or any other option that the customer would select when choosing the product. This product type is great for items like clothing where additional selections would be required, without the need to add each customization as a separate product.

Digital products

The digital product type is ideal for items that will be delivered to the customer in digital format. These are often things like software downloads, ebooks, or anything else that doesn't involve phsically shipping a product to a customer.

Choosing the right product type

One of the reasons that many choose Managed WooCommerce Stores over other solutions is because of the endless amount of customization available. As such, different stores, and even different products within the same store, will have varying needs.

As a general rule, follow these guidelines when choosing a product type:

  • If your product is digital, use a digital product.
  • If your product has options for the customer to customize, use a variable product.
  • If your product doesn't fit in any of the above types, use a simple product.

Setting up your products

After you've determined the type of product you want to add, follow one of the following guides for more information on adding your product to your WooCommerce site:

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