Product Categories ↑ Back to Top
Categories are managed from the Products > Product Categories screen. Just like post categories, you can add, delete and edit your categories here, however, unlike post categories you can also upload an image to be associated with the category:
Categories can also be re-ordered by dragging and dropping them – this order will be used by default on the front end whenever the categories are listed. This includes both widgets and the subcategory view on product pages.
The taxonomy is ‘product_cat’.
Product Tags ↑ Back to Top
Product tags work in exactly the same way as post tags. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Posts_Tags_Screen
The taxonomy is ‘product_tag’.
Product Attributes ↑ Back to Top
Attributes are pieces of data which can add more technical information to a product and help users further refine your catalog while browsing / searching. Creating an attribute set is done in a similar way to a category (we’ll get to that later). For now we’ll describe attributes and their primary benefit with a hypothetical example.
Additionally, attributes are a key component of authoring
Say you’re opening a clothing store, selling all the latest fashions. In this case, a top level product category will most likely be Clothing, inside of which, the majority of your catalog will reside.
Now, you could very easily create sub categories for different sizes, colors and so on, but this information is better suited as attributes. Why? Because a user can select concurrent attributes while refining their search.
Example: A customer is looking for all black clothing. This is as simple as selecting the “Black” attribute from a sidebar widget. As you’d expect, this will refresh the page so that it only displays clothing that’s been linked to the black attribute.
Adding attributes to your store
Setting up attributes themselves uses an interface you will be familiar with. It’s recommended that you set up any attributes you will be using over and over in this way. Navigate to Products > Attributes and you will be presented with the following screen:
Here you can quickly and easily add attributes and their terms.
You also have the option to create attributes on a per product basis. This is useful should you want to display some extra information about one product which is unlikely to apply to any other. For example you may sell a one-off Japanese game to an English audience. You could make a ‘Language’ attribute for that one product and display in the product data section on the front end.
Attribute terms can be ordered by Name, Name (Numeric), Term ID or based on a custom order you decide (by dragging and dropping the terms in the list when configuring the terms).