How to add image uploads for your WooCommerce products

January 2, 2023

How to Add Image Uploads for Your WooCommerce Products

Do you want your WooCommerce customers to be able to upload images when making an order on your store? Then read further to learn how to allow image uploads on your WooCommerce product pages.

Allowing image uploads to your WooCommerce store's front end offers your store visitors extra customization options. This will come in very handy for gift stores, print shops, bespoke fashion brands, or any other store that sells custom-made products.

Out of the box, WooCommerce doesn't allow customers to upload images on the product page. The best way around this is to use WooCommerce Product Options. It's a powerful WooCommerce plugin that lets you add image upload fields to your product pages.

Beyond this, you can also use WooCommerce Product Options to add any type of file upload and extra product options to the product page.

Not sure how this works? In this article, we'll break down the entire process of adding image uploads to WooCommerce product pages. We'll also explore other types of product options and share powerful tips on how to manage images uploaded by your customers.

Add extra options and flexible add-ons to your WooCommerce products in seconds.

Let's get to it!

What sort of sites need image upload fields on the WooCommerce product page?

An image upload field isn't a standard feature of WooCommerce product pages. But certain stores need it in order to sell the types of products they offer. These stores use images which customers submit to create custom-made products.

Here are some common WooCommerce site types that require users to upload images on the product pages:

1. Gift stores

If you own a store that sells personalized gifts, then it makes sense to allow customers to upload images while making orders.

image upload on woocommerce product page personalized gift store

Whether it's a personalized mug, tote bag, wine box, or virtually any gift item, user-generated content will help you deliver the buyer's exact order.

2. Bespoke fashion stores

Image upload fields are also ideal for bespoke fashion brands. One common use case is adding images and custom designs on t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts.

image upload on woocommerce product page bespoke fashion brand

But this goes beyond customized t-shirts or branded sports jerseys only. Customers can also upload multiple images of the exact outfit and style they're looking to order.

3. Electronic accessories shops

Customized cases and skins for mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and even gaming consoles have become fairly popular among electronic device users. If you sell electronic devices, allowing users to upload images to your WooCommerce product pages makes it very easy for them to personalize their orders the way they want.

image upload on woocommerce product page mobile phone case

Here's an ideal use case where you can combine the image upload field with other extra product options like dropdown selection for case color and device type. Once the buyer made their selections, they can then upload their images and preview the result in real time.

4. Multipurpose print stores

Other types of print shops with print-on-demand products aren't left out either. Irrespective of the customer's print needs, allowing them to upload images directly to your WooCommerce product page can come in really handy. It makes the process of making online orders seamless and eliminates the need to come to a physical store.

image upload on woocommerce product page picture frame

Combined with other product options, site visitors can select different print materials, paper dimensions, and other important parameters. This applies to print projects as small as bedside picture frames and as large as billboards.

5. Branding companies

All types of branding companies can also this feature on their WooCommerce product pages. Corporate entities often need branded items. These could be business cards, employee badges, conference swags, branded pens, umbrellas, brooches, and even giveaway items.

image upload on woocommerce product page employee badge

There are loads of other use cases for image upload fields on WooCommerce product pages. If you ever need your store visitors to customize their orders using their own images, bear in mind that you aren't limited to WooCommerce's default features.

You can easily use a WooCommerce image upload plugin to offer your customers this feature. Let's take a look at the best plugin for this.

Introducing Product Options - the best WooCommerce image upload plugin

WooCommerce Product Options is the best WordPress plugin for adding image upload fields to your WooCommerce product pages. The tool is very beginner-friendly and with just a few clicks, your store visitors can start uploading images when making orders on the front end.

Product Options has a very modern user interface that helps you to set up image upload fields and manage customer images with zero coding experience. The easy-to-use interface saves you a lot of time and eliminates the need to hire a developer, thereby saving you money as well.

Key features

Here are a few key WooCommerce Product Options features that make it ideal for adding image uploads to WooCommerce product pages:

  • Upload any image file typeWooCommerce Product Options is a powerful extra options plugin that supports all types of file upload. Using this plugin, your customers will be able to upload JPG, JPEG, PNG, and other image file types. With PNG files, you can easily accept logo uploads with transparent backgrounds and use them for branding purposes. Customers get to upload as many images as they want. The plugin also makes it possible for them to choose from images and templates that you've previously added to the product.
  • Add extra product optionsCombine image upload fields with several other extra product options to give your customers as much flexibility as possible. The plugin supports the ability to add text to their designs, set custom fonts, choose paper weight, and tweak other order details using dropdowns, radio buttons, and checkboxes.
  • Specify maximum file sizeUse an upper file size limit to optimize your hosting storage and site performance. Among other input rules, you can also add a character length limit for text fields.
  • Custom pricing for image uploadsYou may want to price customized products differently than other products in your store. Product Options lets you add extra fees based on the product options a buyer adds to their order. You can charge a flat fee, per character count, or even charge more for printing multiple images.
  • Use conditional logic to show/hide image upload fields and printing optionsTailor the ordering process as much as possible using conditional logic. You can hide certain product options based on the previous options the buyer chooses. For example, you can set the file upload field to appear only when a customer select 'Create custom design'. Alternatively, the shopper can select 'Choose from template' to choose from existing images.

WooCommerce Product Options also integrates seamlessly with other Barn2 plugins like Quick View Pro and Bulk Variations. Together, they bring even more features to your WooCommerce store.

The perfect customer experience for adding images to products

User experience is a key factor to consider when accepting image uploads on your WooCommerce product pages. If not properly implemented, file uploads can slow down your site and cause other technical issues. This can impact the customer experience and affect your site traffic and conversion negatively.

This is why it's important to prioritize user experience and site performance when choosing a WooCommerce image upload plugin. Let's quickly examine what the product page image upload experience looks like (from the customer’s point of view) with WooCommerce Product Options.

When you visit a product page with the image upload field, you'll see a Drag files here to upload button. The plugin allows you to choose one or more images from the local storage. Bear in mind that customers can only choose multiple images if you enable this in the back end.

upload image woocomerce product page product options

After selecting the images you want to add, you'll see an AJAX progress bar that reassures the user that the file is uploading. This is particularly important for large image files.

woocommerce product options image upload progress bar

There's a Cancel upload link beneath the progress bar while the file is still uploading. Once it's fully uploaded, you can also use an icon to delete the file.

After uploading the image file, you can choose other available product options and then click Add to cart. This will send all the product details, including the uploaded image to your cart where you can then complete checkout. This reassures the buyer that the store owner will receive the image with their order.

After a buyer completes their order, the store owner will receive an email with a link to the image they uploaded. The link will also be available in the Orders tab of their WordPress dashboard.

woocommerce product options wordpress dashboard uploaded image link

They can then use this image to process the order. Of all the WooCommerce image upload plugins we've tested so far, Product Options offers the sleekest and most intuitive user interface.

How to add image upload fields to WooCommerce products

Ready to add image uploads to your WooCommerce product pages? The first thing you need to do is get your copy of WooCommerce Product Options here. Once you're done, you'll receive an email with a downloadable ZIP file and license key.

Next;

  1. Log into your WordPress admin area and go to Plugins → Add New → Upload Plugin.
  2. Select the plugin ZIP file. Click Install Now then Activate Plugin.
  3. Use the setup wizard to apply the basic settings and activate your license key.

At this point, WooCommerce Product Options should be fully functional. It's time to add your first image upload field to your WooCommerce product page.

To do this, go to Products → Product Options → Add Group.

woocommerce product options add new options group

On the next page, set the group name and select the products or product categories you want the product options to apply to. Then click Add option.

woocommerce product options add new option in group

Add an options name and select File upload under the Type section.

woocommerce product options add image upload field

Next, scroll to edit the following image upload field settings:

woocommerce product options image upload field settings
  • LabelThis appears beside the image upload field on the store's front end.
  • Price typeYou can either charge a flat fee, quantity-based fee, or percentage increase or decrease.
  • PricingEnter an appropriate value here based on the price type.
  • DescriptionThis optional text appears beneath the image upload field on the store's front end
  • RequiredCheck the box to make it a required field to be able to add the product to the cart.
  • Advanced settingsClick this toggle button to access advanced settings for your image upload field. We'll explore more of these settings later.

Once you're satisfied with your selections, click Save.

Now when you go to the WooCommerce single product page, you'll see your newly added image upload fields.

woocommerce product options new image upload fields

Next, let's add some advanced features to our image uploads.

Add advanced features to your image upload fields

So far, we’ve demonstrated how to add a simple image upload field to a WooCommerce product page. But WooCommerce Product Options offers even more features that give you better control.

Let's take a look at the advanced WooCommerce image upload features.

Enable multiple file uploads

As mentioned earlier, WooCommerce Product Options allows site users to upload multiple images on the same product page. Customers can upload bulk images to WooCommerce products in either of two ways.

1. Add multiple uploads to a single product option field

In this case, the user will be able to select multiple files from the local storage when uploading images. Alternatively, they can simply drag and drop multiple image files into the upload field on the product page.

To do this, go to Product → Product Options and click Add Group to create a new products option group. Alternatively, click Edit after hovering over an existing group to make changes to it.

edit woocommerce product options group

Next, click Edit option under the product option you want to edit. On the next page, toggle on Advanced settings and scroll down to the Maximum number of files tab. Enter a specific value and click Save changes.

woocommerce product options enable image uploads

This will immediately apply to all the products where the option group is visible. And there's no limit to the maximum number of files you can allow for each image upload field.

2. Add multiple image upload fields to a product page

Alternatively, you can add several product options to one product page and allow one image upload per option. This forces the customer to upload each image separately, one at a time. It's an ideal solution for adding different images to different sections of a product's design.

One common use case is a custom t-shirt design shop.  In this case, you can allow site visitors to upload one image for the front design of the t-shirt and another for the back.

t-shirt design add multiple upload fields

To implement this, go to the options group settings page and click Add option.

woocommerce product options add multiple product options

Make sure you set the file type to "File upload". Then fill in the other option settings fields accordingly.

woocommerce product options one image upload to product page

You can add as many image upload fields as you want this way. Once you're done, click Save changes.

Set the allowed image file types

WooCommerce Product Options also allows your customers to upload different image file types to the product page. To allow a certain file type, use the toggle button to enable Advanced settings on the product option settings page.

Then enter the file extension. The plugin will suggest the available file types. Select the one you want to accept.

woocommerce product options allow multiple file types

You can add as many file types as you want. Afterward, click Save changes.

Add a maximum file size for images uploaded to WooCommerce products

Still in the Advanced settings section, you can set a maximum file size for the image uploads on a WooCommerce product page.

Simply enter a specific value in megabytes (MB) in the Maximum file size field.

woocommerce product options set maximum image upload file size

Now, users won't be able to upload files heavier than the size you've set.

Charge for images uploaded to WooCommerce products

When adding WooCommerce image uploads to product pages, you can also choose to charge separately for this type of product. Product Options offers four pricing structures:

  • Flat fee
  • Quantity-based fee
  • Percentage increase
  • Percentage decrease

If you want to charge for each image uploaded, then select "Quantity-based fee." The percentage increase or decrease applies a specific percentage price change to the original price of the product.

If you're adding more than one image upload field to the same product page, the first option is to charge a flat fee regardless of the number of images the user adds. To do this, select "Flat fee" in the Price type dropdown. Then enter a specific value.

woocommerce product options charge flat fee for image upload on product page

Alternatively, you can charge a certain fee for every additional image the buyer adds to the product. To achieve this, you need to create a separate product option for each image as we demonstrated earlier.

woocommerce product options add multiple product options

You can then add an extra charge for each image upload field.

Conditionally show/hide your image upload fields

WooCommerce Product Options also ships with a conditional logic feature that allows you to decide when to show image upload fields on the WooCommerce product page. This can be very useful when you want to sell a product with and without customization options.

To achieve this, create a checkbox product option with the label ‘Upload my own design’ first.

woocommerce product options customize design checkbox

Then add the upload fields with a condition that they will only appear when the checkbox add-on has been selected.

Here, we selected "Any choice" in the Value field because the first product option is a checkbox.

Here's the final result on the front end.

This feature helps you to show extra options only to customers who need them. This way, you get to keep your product page clean and tidy.

Allow customers to remove uploaded images

This is a default feature you get with the plugin. As a rule of thumb, your customers can cancel an image upload before it's completed.

woocommerce product options image upload progress bar

They can also delete uploaded images too.

woocommerce product options delete uploaded image

Add an AJAX uploader with an upload progress bar while images are uploading

Additionally, your customers get to see a progress bar that lets them know the progress of their image upload. This is particularly important for large files.

woocommerce product options ajax image uploader progress bar

Displaying uploaded images on the WooCommerce cart and checkout

After a shopper uploads images on a WooCommerce product page, Product Options also displays the images in their cart and during checkout.

After clicking Add to cart, the shopper will see a link to the uploaded image in their cart. They can click the link to review the image in a different tab.

uploaded image on woocommerce product page in cart

The link is also available on the checkout page.

uploaded image on woocommerce product page on checkout page

Receiving the images uploaded by customers

As a WooCommerce store owner, it's important to manage the images customers upload to your product pages properly. WooCommerce Product Options handles these image uploads in an intuitive manner that ensures you never miss or mix up images added to any order.

Each time a shopper completes an order, a link to the uploaded image is also included in the order confirmation email.

You can also find the image link on the individual order page by going to WooCommerce → Orders.

manage order image upload on woocommerce product page

This makes it very easy to manage image uploads on your WooCommerce product pages and deliver the buyer's exact order.

Worried about image files not associated with any particular order? For example, a customer may abandon their cart after uploading files. WooCommerce Product Options only stores such files temporarily and deletes them automatically after 7 days. This helps to optimize your hosting storage.

Bonus: Add other types of product options

Aside from image upload fields, WooCommerce Product Options also allows you to add other product options to your product pages. Some of the popular product add-ons available include:

  • Radio buttons
  • Dropdown select
  • Paragraphs
  • Text labels
  • Customer-defined price box
  • HTML content

These additional product options make the plugin an all-in-one tool for certain stores like custom gift stores. For example, you can easily add a text field that customers can use to add a message to their gift.

A dropdown selection can also come in handy if you want them to select a printing type or paper size. In general, WooCommerce custom fields are very powerful features for customizing and improving your store. Product Options comes with lots of them by default, thereby offering great value for money.

Bonus: Create a bulk variations order form with image uploads

Making bulk orders on WooCommerce stores with multiple product variations can be quite cumbersome. For example, many clothing stores and custom t-shirt brands allow customers to order their products in different sizes and color options.

Having to order each item individually and upload images to the WooCommerce product pages every time will impact the customer experience negatively.

For a better user experience, you can easily combine the Product Options plugin with WooCommerce Bulk Variations. This allows you to list variations in an order form on the product page while displaying image upload fields and other product options beneath.

woocommerce product options bulk variations integration

We highly recommend this approach for WooCommerce stores where the customer is likely to order multiple variants of the same product, e.g. different clothing sizes for team-branded workwear.

Improving your WooCommerce store with image upload fields

Certain online stores require customers to customize their orders with user-generated designs. Allowing image uploads on WooCommerce product pages ensures your store visitors get as many customization options as they want.

Though WooCommerce doesn't support image uploads by default, you can easily achieve this with WooCommerce Product Options. Using this plugin, you get to:

  • Accept any image file type
  • Charge for each image added to the order
  • Use conditional logic to show or hide the image upload fields
  • Add other types of product options

Ready to start accepting image uploads on your WooCommerce product pages? Then get your copy of WooCommerce Product Options and boost your store's shopping experience today.

Add extra options and flexible add-ons to your WooCommerce products in seconds.

We hope this detailed step-by-step guide has helped you add your first image upload fields to WooCommerce. If you ever get stuck along the way, kindly let us know in the comments section below!

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