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3 Built-In Tools for Updating Products in Woo Commerce

Having an online store is great! You can reach audiences that otherwise would be difficult, or impossible, to reach. The internet has given us the tools and power to communicate faster and much more efficiently than ever before. But that ease of access can be a double-edged sword. Your customers and prospects can view your products at any time, so they information has to be accurate.

You want to ensure that the products you are selling are up to date to avoid any confusion or frustration. Luckily, VisionFriendly.com is here to help. Our knowledgeable team have years of experience with WordPress, WooCommerce, and pretty much anything to do with a website.

We’ve created a short list of 3 ways to update your products in Woo Commerce.  We hope you find it informative, but even if you already know it, it does not hurt to have a brush-up!

You are most likely familiar with the standard way to edit a product, where you can change the descriptions, add or update images, change price, or setup sales. But there are a few built-in tools that you may not know about.

Quick Editing

  • This is a nice tool that allows you to update single products from the main product table in the WordPress admin (the one you see when you click on ‘Products’).
  • When you hover over a product name, some options show up, select ‘Quick Edit’ option.
  • A new selection will open with options for that particular product right on the page!
    • Here you can update a bunch of the product’s info like
      • Title
      • Slug
      • Published date
      • Price
      • Status, and much more
    • once you have completed your updates, simply click ‘Update’ at the bottom of the Quick Edit box, and you can continue with your day!
Quick Edit

This option is convenient and great when you need to make a quick change to specific details of a single product

Bulk editing

  • As the name suggests, this tool allows for the bulk updating of products. The first thing I will say about it is, BE CAREFUL when using this tool, it is powerful, and you could start a sale you do not intend!
  • To start, simply view all of your products and check the box of the products you want to update
  • Scroll up, or down (depending on where you are in your product list) and locate the drop-down that says ‘Bulk actions’.
  • Simply select ‘Edit’ and hit ‘Apply’. This will allow you to quick edit the products you selected
    • Ensure you select ‘Edit’ because if you click ‘Move to Trash’, your selected products will be trashed
  • This tool enables you to update multiple products at once, updating price, sales, attributes like weight, status, and much more.
  • While convenient, keep in mind that you are editing multiple products at once, so once you hit that update button, it will update ALL the selected products

Depending on the size of your store, viewing all the products may be good enough to use these methods of editing. But if your store is larger and you have lots of products, you can take advantage of the filtering options that are also built in.

Filtering Products

Along the top of the screen, you will see a number of dropdowns at the top.  You will see ‘Select a Category’ and ‘Filter by product type’, among other options.  Some plugins like YOAST will add more filtering options.

These filters will allow you to reduce the number of products displayed, so you can have an easier time updating what you need.

If your store is setup using categories, you can use the Category filter to easily see the products in a certain category. For example, let’s say you have online store selling clothes, and you’d like to put your scarves on sale.  Just filter by the ‘Scarf’ Category and only see the products associated with that category.  Now you can easily apply the discount to your products.

In Conclusion

There are a lot of options for keeping your products up to date, these of course are the standard options that are included with a base installation of WooCommerce. Functionality can be expanded to fit your needs through plugins available online or through custom solutions.

I understand that managing all of this can be confusing, but if you have any questions, VisionFriendly.com is always here to help. Think of us when you need your store to do something new, or if you simply need a bit of help!

That is all I have for you today, happy selling!

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VisionFriendly.com is a Chicago digital marketing agency with over 25 years of experience helping clients nationwide. We have an in-house team of marketers and creatives ready to improve your business’s marketing operations.

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