How to add checkboxes for product variations in WooCommerce

January 3, 2023

Add checkboxes WooCommerce variations

Want to add checkbox options to your WooCommerce products? Keep reading to discover the easy way to add WooCommerce checkbox variations. Displaying choices as tick boxes is much more flexible than using normal product variations. It will transform the way you offer options and upgrades to customers.

Checkboxes are a great way to offer extra product options and upgrades. Unfortunately, WooCommerce doesn't provide any way to create checkbox variations. Instead, product variations can only ever appear as dropdown lists. This can make the user experience clunky when it comes to offering product upgrades or customizations.

Luckily, the WooCommerce Product Options plugin offers tons of ways to add extra types of option to your products. And you guessed it - this includes WooCommerce checkbox variations like this:

This tutorial will explain how to add a single checkbox or multiple checkboxes to any or all of your products. I'll provide advice on how to decide whether checkboxes are the best way to display product options, and what the alternatives are. You'll also learn how to add advanced functionality to your product page checkboxes, including:

  • Changing the product price when the customer ticks the checkboxes.
  • Conditionally showing and hiding other product options based on the checkboxes ticked.
  • Selecting certain checkboxes by default when the product page first loads.
  • Making checkboxes required fields.
  • Setting minimum and maximum quantities to control the number of checkboxes that the customer can select.
  • How to add WooCommerce checkbox variations which appear both on and outside of the product page, such as on the main Shop page or in a quick view lightbox.
Add extra options and flexible add-ons to your WooCommerce products in seconds.

What exactly are WooCommerce checkbox variations?

A WooCommerce checkbox variation is a tick box which customers can choose whether to select before adding a product to the cart. There are two types of variation checkboxes: single checkboxes and multi-checkboxes:

  • Single checkboxes can be used for yes/no options, and to prompt conditional logic choices (e.g. showing additional options when the customer ticks a box).
  • Multi-checkboxes (checkbox groups) are best for allowing users to choose multiple custom options from a list.

Unlike normal product variations, checkboxes give customers the flexibility to add as many options as you allow per product. As a result, WooCommerce checkbox variations are a powerful tool for customizing your products.

Pizza configurator with WooCommerce checkbox variations and radio buttons
Use WooCommerce checkbox variations to sell extra pizza toppings.

Why add checkboxes to WooCommerce products?

As we have seen, WooCommerce checkbox variations give flexibility in how you offer products , gifts, or add-ons.

Let's look at a few ways you can add checkboxes to WooCommerce products:

  • Product customization: Give customers the option to add customize their purchases with engravings or monograms.
  • Extended warranty: When customers add specific products to their cart, you can allow them to select an extended warranty. By using multi-checkboxes, customers can add a warranty to individual items.
  • Age Verification: Do you offer products that require age verification such as alcohol? Adding an "I am over 18" checkbox is a great way to verify the customer's age.
  • Opt-in communication: Allow customers to opt-in to exclusive offers, email notifications, or product alerts with checkbox selections.
  • Product specifications: For products that require specifications such as size or color, checkboxes can help streamline the selection process.
  • Sell gift wrapping: Use checkboxes to offer gift wrapping for an extra fee. When the customer ticks to have a product gift wrapped, extra options such as a gift message text field can appear underneath. This lets you add gift wrap options without cluttering up the product page for people who aren't buying gifts.
  • Free gifts: If you're offering promotional deals such as a free gift, then checkboxes can allow customers to effortlessly opt-in and choose their gift from a list.

When should I use checkboxes for product options?

As we saw above, WooCommerce checkbox variations offer significant flexibility when it comes to customizable products. However,  It's important to know when checkboxes are the best option and when another customization tool might be a better fit.

The WooCommerce Product Options is the most advanced product add ons plugin on the market. As well as checkboxes, it lets you add radio buttons, dropdown selections, image buttons, text fields, and more. This gives you free rein to choose the type of options which best suit your products.

WooCommerce checkbox variations with extra add-on options fields

When to use checkboxes

Checkboxes allow customers to select a single or multiple items from a fixed number of alternatives. They are perfect for:

  • Product personalization with multiple options (i.e. engravings, free gift selections).
  • Opt-ins (i.e. newsletter sign up, profile set up specifications).
  • Age verification.

Radio buttons and when to use them

Radio buttons allow users to select from an either/or list of product variations. They are mutually exclusive and are generally required fields. This means that customers must choose one option from the radio button group.

Radio buttons are perfect for:

  • Customizations that require one answer (i.e. size, color).
  • Orders with customization constraints.
  • Yes/no choices.

Image buttons - a visual alternative to WooCommerce checkbox variations and radio buttons

Image buttons provide customers with selectable visual options. They work similarly to checkboxes and are great for laying out options that are better explained with pictures rather than text, such as:

  • Color selections.
  • Choosing a shape.
  • Choosing anything else which is inherently visual.
WooCommerce text boxes for add-ons and product customization

With the WooCommerce Product Options plugin, the behavior of image buttons changes depending on your settings. If you allow multiple selections then the clickable images behave like checkboxes. In contrast, if you set a maximum quantity of 1 then they behave like radio buttons. It's that clever!

Text labels - a less visual alternative to image buttons

WooCommerce charity donation plugin with choose your price option
Allow customers to choose a donation amount by clicking on a text label.

Text Labels look like tag clouds, with each option displayed as text within a button. They are just like image buttons (described in the previous section), but use text rather than images.

The WooCommerce Product Options plugin comes with other types of option too. These include file upload fields, and text fields where the customer can enter their own text. However, the option types featured above are the best alternatives to checkboxes. Use the information above to decide when to add WooCommerce variation checkboxes, and when to use radio buttons or something else.

How to add WooCommerce checkbox variations

Now that you know when and when not to use checkboxes, let's talk about how to add WooCommerce checkbox variations to your products.

Install the checkbox plugin

To begin, you'll need to purchase and install WooCommerce Product Options plugin. This is the best way to add checkboxes to WooCommerce products.

Add WooCommerce variation checkbox options to your products

WooCommerce Product Options doesn't actually use variations, as these are designed to be displayed as dropdown lists. Instead, it provides a super-simple interface for adding checkboxes as extra product options:

Adding WooCommerce variation checkboxes for Product Options Extra Add-Ons
WooCommerce Product Options lets you create any type of product option, including checkboxes, radio buttons, and more.

To add the WooCommerce checkbox variations, open WordPress and scroll down to the Products tab. Click the Product Options button and then select the product group you want to edit.

Once you've entered the options group (i.e. Pizza toppings), click on the group you want to add the WooCommerce checkbox variations to and select the Checkbox option.

In the choices tab, you will be able to enter as many choices as necessary. Each choice appears as a separate checkbox. This means that you should just add 1 choice for a single checkbox (e.g. "Please gift wrap the item."). It also means that you should add multiple choices to create a multi-checkbox group (e.g. a list of pizza toppings).

Add a description or some instructions in the 'Description' field (e.g. "Select up to 3 toppings").

How to add checkboxes for custom fields to WooCommerce products

Pre-tick a checkbox by default

If you'd like one of the WooCommerce checkbox variations to be ticked as soon as the product page loads, click the Selected button next to that choice. This saves the customer having to select it manually, although they can always de-select if they like. (Tip: To prevent customers from being able to un-tick a default selection, use radio buttons instead.)

Change the product price when a checkbox is selected

Use the 'Price' options to increase or decrease the overall cost of a product based on the checkboxes selected. For example, you can charge an extra fee for each pizza topping checkbox that the customer selects.

If you don't want to change the price then ignore this option.

Make checkboxes a required field

To make a checkbox a required field, scroll down to the Required tab beneath the description and click the checkbox. For example, if you make the 'Pizza toppings' checkbox group a required field then customers must select at least one before they can add the product to the cart.

Add minimum and maximum quantities for multiple checkbox groups

Making a checkbox group 'Required' forces customers to tick at least one box. For even more control, toggle the Advanced Settings option and set the minimum and maximum quantities of boxes to be checked. For example, you might set a maximum of 3 pizza toppings that customers can select.

Use conditional logic to show or hide additional fields when a checkbox is selected

WooCommerce Product Options conditional logic for checkbox variation

Lastly, the WooCommerce checkbox variations lets you add conditional logic in order to show and hide other product options. Scroll down to Conditional Logic section in the Advanced options and set up your dependencies.

Displaying checkboxes in your store

Your WooCommerce checkbox variations will automatically appear on product pages above the add to cart button.

In addition, it's a good idea to display checkbox options wherever products are listed in the store and not just on the individual product page. This will let customers make customizations from the main shop page - or in a quick view lightbox - without having to visit a separate page.

You can easily achieve this by installing either the WooCommerce Product Table or Quick View Pro plugin (or both).

WooCommerce Product Table replaces your standard shop layout with a quick order form view like this:

WooCommerce checkbox variation Product Options table plugin

As you can see, the product options appear in the 'Buy' column of the table. Customers can tick the checkboxes and select other options without having to visit the individual product page.

Quick View Pro achieves the same result, but in a different way. Instead of changing your shop layout, it adds 'Quick View' buttons to your shop pages. Customers can click these to open a quick view lightbox popup, from which they can tick the checkboxes and add to the cart.

Use these two plugins alone or together to speed up the customer journey by allowing them to view and select product options away from the single product page. By simplifying the customization process, you will create a seamless shopping experience. This will lead to faster sales, higher rates of order completion, and increased likelihood of return customers.

Next steps

A WooCommerce checkbox variation plugin is a great way to personalize customer experience and increase your average order value. The WooCommerce Product Options plugin is perfect because it lets you add checkboxes and a wide range of other add-on types, such as radio buttons.

And even better, the plugin is easy to set up, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

The easy way to add checkboxes to WooCommerce products.

Download the plugin today and see how WooCommerce checkbox variations can revolutionize how you do business!

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