Creating product options
Once you have installed WooCommerce Product Options and activated your license key, it's time to start adding options to your products.
You can create as many product options as you like, structured into groups. You can either display the same options on all your products, or show/hide each group on specific products and categories.
Create and manage your product options in the WordPress admin under Products → Product Options. This page lists all your option groups, each of which can contain one or more product options.
You can watch this video, or find full written instructions below:
When you first install the plugin, an empty 'Product Options' group is automatically created for you. Edit this as you wish, or delete it and create your own groups from scratch:
- Use the 'Add New' button to create a new options group.
- Hover over an existing group to edit or delete it.
- Use the 'Sort' icons to re-order the list of groups. This will be used on any products that have more than one option groups visible - the group listed first will appear first on the product page.
Use the 'Edit options group' page to add/edit the name of the group, choose which products it appears on, and to add product options.
Option group name
Enter a name for the group of options. This will only be used in the WordPress admin and won't be visible to your customers.
Tick the 'Display' box if you want to display the name of the group above the options.
By default, the options in the group will be added to all the products in your store. To change this, use the visibility settings to choose which products and categories the options will appear for:
- Products - Start typing the name of a product, and select all the products that you want the option group to appear on.
- Categories - Start typing the name of a product category, and select all the categories that you want the option group to appear on.
- Exclude products - Start typing the name of a product, and select all the products that you DO NOT want the option group to appear on.
- Exclude categories - Start typing the name of a product category, and select all the categories that you DO NOT want the option group to appear on.
You can use more than one of these options to create the exact logic you require. When creating more complex rules, we recommend checking the logic carefully to avoid conflicts or errors.
Further reading: Learn more about the logic for the visibility options.
WordPress caps the number of records returned by a query at 100 rows. For this reason, we do not recommend adding a large number of products to the inclusion or exclusion lists. If you need to use a group of options on a large number of products, we recommend using categories instead. See why queries are capped at 100 results.
Adding/editing product options
The 'Edit option group' page contains a table where you can add as many options as you like:
- Drag and drop the 'Sort' icons to change the order of the options. This changes the order in which they appear on the front end of your website.
- Use the '+ Add option' button to add new product options, and hover over an existing option to edit or delete it.
Enter the name of the option, e.g. "Pizza Toppings". In a minute, you can choose whether or not to display this to visitors.
Tick the 'Display' box if you want to display the name of the product option on the front end of your site (e.g. "Pizza Toppings"). Alternatively, select 'No' to hide this and just show the choices without a title above.
WooCommerce Product Options comes with 10 types of product option, plus two options for adding static information alongside your options. Click on a type to select it.
Types of product option:
- Checkbox (the default) - Display 1 or more tick boxes, of which customers can tick one or more.
- Radio Buttons - Display 1 or more radio buttons, of which customers can select only one.
- Dropdown Select - Display a dropdown list containing more than one choice. Customers can select one option.
- Text Input - Display a text box that customers can type into. We recommend using this option type for collecting any text-based information including custom messages, email, address, URL/website, date/time, color picker/hex value, or password.
- Paragraph - Display a larger text box where customers can type larger amounts of text.
- Number - Create a field where the customer can enter a number, such as a phone number or measurement.
- File Upload - Allow customers to upload one or more files which will be sent with their order.
- Image Buttons - Display a grid of images, of which customers can select one or more.
- Color Swatches - Display a grid of color squares, of which customers can select one or more.
- Text Labels - Display a grid of text-based options, each appearing within a box. Customers can select one or more options.
- Customer Defined Price - Display a price field where customers can type an additional amount to be added to the cost of the product.
- Date - Display and date and/or time picker so that customers can select a date from a calendar.
- Price Formula - Create a hidden field which will perform a calculation based on the number fields. Learn more about adding price formula fields.
You can also add static information to appear above, between or below your product options. For example, if you have lots of options then you can structure them into several sections by adding a heading above each set of options.
- Visual Editor - This adds a WYSIWYG visual editor, where you can use the add headings and format your content, add images, and do anything else that you can usually do when adding content to a WordPress text or paragraph field.
- HTML - This adds a code editor where you can add HTML code.
Depending on which option type you selected above, you can add one or more choices which customers can select. For example, if you're creating a set of checkboxes for "Pizza Toppings" then you should create a "choice" for each topping (extra cheese, olives, etc.).
- Label - The label will always be displayed alongside the choice, e.g. "Extra cheese".
- Add media - This only appears for the "Image Buttons" option type. Use it to add the image which customers can click on to select a choice.
- Price type - If you like, then selecting each choice can change the price of the product:
- No cost - Selecting the choice will not affect the total product cost.
- Flat fee - A fixed amount is added to the total product cost, regardless of the quantity ordered. For example, if the flat fee is $2 and the customer orders 3 then the product cost will increase by $2. You can enter positive or negative prices - for example, entering -2 would reduce the total price of the product by $2.
- Quantity-based fee - A fixed amount is added to the total product cost, which is multiplied by the quantity ordered. For example, if the fee is $2 and the customer orders 3 then the product cost will increase by $6. You can enter positive or negative prices - for example, entering -2 would reduce the total price of the product by $2 (or $4 of the customer orders a quantity of 2, and so on).
- Percentage increase - This increases the product price by the specified percentage. For example, if the % increase is 20% and the product is $10 then the total price will be $12 - or $24 if the customer orders a quantity of 2. The calculation is made on the main product price and the cost of any other options selected is not considered.
- Percentage decrease - This decreases the product price by the specified percentage. Again, the calculation is made on the main product price and the cost of any other options selected is not considered.
- Character count - This only appears on Text Input and Paragraph fields, and allows you to charge a fixed amount for every letter entered. For example, if the character count is $0.50 and the customer enters "Happy Birthday" then the cost of the product will increase by $6.50 (i.e. 13 letters x $0.05).
- Selected - Use the toggle to pre-select a particular choice, so that it will be added to the cart unless the customer manually removes it. Only one choice can be selected for each product option (e.g. if you're using a dropdown or radio buttons to list a choice of pizza bases, then you can only pre-select one pizza base).
If you like, then you can add some descriptive text which will appear above the choices. For example, you might add useful instructions for your customers such as "Select up to extra 3 pizza toppings".
This only appears for the Image Buttons and Color Swatches option type. Choose whether you want to display the image/color swatch on its own with no label, or whether you want to display the option name too.
Tick this box to force customers to select at least one choice before they can add the product to their cart.
Enable the toggle to view the advanced settings.
This is available for the checkbox, image button, color swatches and text label option types. Optionally enter the minimum and/or maximum number of choices which are required before customers can add the product to their cart.
- The minimum and maximum do not automatically appear on the front end. If you wish to add this information as guidance for the customer (e.g. as a note saying: "Please select up to 3 extra pizza toppings.") then you should add this to the Description field (above).
- These min/max quantity options only apply to your product options. If you want to set quantity rules for whole products, then you need our other plugin - WooCommerce Quantity Manager. This works nicely alongside WooCommerce Product Options.
This is only available for the Text Input and Paragraph option types. Optionally enter the minimum and/or maximum number of characters which customers must enter before they can add the product to their cart. For example, if you're selling a bracelet with a custom engraving option then you should enter a maximum of '10' is there is only space for 10 letters.
Maximum file size (MB)
This is only available for the File Upload option type. Optionally enter the maximum size in megabytes for each file that users can upload.
Note: There is no 'Allowed file types' option because this comes from WordPress itself. WPBeginner have provided a useful article on how to change the allowed file types in WordPress. If you'd like to be able to set specific file types for the File Upload product option, separately from your sitewide settings, then please send us a feature request as we're tracking the demand for this.
Further information: Where are uploaded files stored?
Maximum number of files
This is only available for the File Upload option type. By default, users can upload 1 file. Increase the number to allow them to add multiple files.
Allowed file types
By default, the file types which are allowable on your overall WordPress site are listed here. Add and remove file extensions to allow users to upload specific types only, e.g.
Note: File extensions are not case sensitive, so you can enter JPG or jpg.
Use this to dynamically show/hide product options depending on which other product options the customer has selected. For example, if you're adding a 'Gift wrap' option to a product, then you might create a 'Ribbon color' option which only appears when 'Gift wrap' is selected.
Add rules with the exact logic that you require, and use the + button to add multiple rules.
- Disable past dates - Greys out all dates in the past so that they cannot be selected.
- Disable future dates - Greys out all dates in the future so that they cannot be selected.
- Disable today - Prevents customers from selecting the current day.
- Enable time - Displays a time picker on the calendar, so that customers can choose a date and time.
Use this option to select specific weekdays which will always be greyed out. For example, if you are closed every Sunday then you would click in the box and select Sunday.
Changes the format of the selected date. Learn more.
Enter the earliest and latest possible date which will be available on the calendar. Learn more.
Mark specific dates as unavailable, for example if you are closed over a holiday period. Learn more.
Enter the earliest and latest possible date which will be available on the calendar. Learn more.
Control the length of time for each available time slot (e.g. 30 minutes). Learn more.
Price formula options
Enter the formula for the price calculation using the syntax which appears underneath the field. Learn more.
Price display suffix
Use this if you want to add some extra text to appear after the main product price which appears at the top of the single product page. For example, if you're selling fabric by the meter and want to display the main product price as "$25 per meter" then you would set the price display suffix as "per meter".
If you're also using the 'Price display suffix' setting in WooCommerce → Display → Tax then both suffixes will display. For example: "$25 per meter inc. VAT".
Ignore main product price
Enable this to stop the main product/variation price from being added to the total price of the product.
For example, if you're selling fabric by the meter then you might want to set the basic product price as $25 in order to display it as "$25 per meter" on the product page - but you don't want $25 to be added to the final price when the customer inputs their actual dimensions.
You can still use the [product_price] parameter to manually add the main price to the formula. However, enabling this option will stop the main product page from being added to the results of the price formula automatically. This gives you greater flexibility in how (if at all) the main product price relates to the calculated price.
View and display your product options
And that's it! Once you have added all your product options, we recommend checking how they look on the front end of your website. Keep tweaking until you're completely happy.
By default, the product options will appear on the individual product pages. To maximize your sales, you can use our other plugins to display them in exciting locations elsewhere on your site - for example:
- In product tables, so that customers can select options from the product list view without having to visit individual product pages.
- In a quick view lightbox, directly on the Shop homepage.
- In a restaurant food order form.
- In a bulk variations grid.
- In an on-page popup cart.