Creating a Product Post

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First step in creating a shop on your website is creating a product post. Ken uses the most popular WordPress plugin WooCommerce for this, which let’s you create an online shop.

This article covers installing, activating and setting up WooCommerce, adding a product post and enabling visual composer for it.

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Installing WooCommerce

Before being able to create a product post, WooCommerce plugin needs to be installed and activated.

To install and activate WooCommerce in the Ken theme:

1
From WordPress left menu, go to Plugins > Add New.

2
In the Search Plugins input field, type “WooCommerce“.

Creating a product post - Woocommerce

3
Install and activate the top result plugin.

Creating a product post - install Woocommerce

WooCommerce Setup Wizard

After activating the plugin, you will be presented with the WooCommerce setup wizard. This setup allows you to easily configure the basics of your shop in a few easy steps.

1
Click on Let’s Go to start the setup.

Creating a product post - setup wizard

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Fill in the options as required and click on continue.
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After the last step is done, click on Create your first product!

Creating a product post - create your first product

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Note: Notice that there is a new post type called “Products” in your WordPress left menu.

Creating a Product Post

To add a product post:

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From WordPress left menu, go to Products.
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Click on Create your first product! button.

Creating a product post - create your first product

There is a lot of different options to set up your product like product types, attributes, etc. Below we are going to cover step by step how to create a simple product, and explain about other product types, as WooCommerce already has detailed article on all product options which you can read here.

Creating a Simple Product

To add a simple product:

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Enter a product name and product description in the title input fields.
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Note: In order to include shortcodes into the product description, visual composer for product posts needs to be enabled. We will explain that in the section below.
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From Product Data dropdown, select Simple product.

Creating a product post - simple product

3
Enter the price for your product. The box below is a sale price, which should always be less than the regular price.

Creating a product post - price

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Add a product image by clicking on Set product image.
5
Add a category by clicking on Add new product category.

Creating a product post - add new category

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Note: To learn more about configuring categories, you may read this article.
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Publish your product by clicking on Publish.

Grouped Product

This product type allows you to have multiple items in a single product page. It does not have a price option as it links to other products on your website and allows users to view all the products on a single page.

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Note: For a detailed explanation about grouped product type, you may read this article.

External/Affiliate Product

This product type is used when you are promoting an item on your website but it’s actually available for sale on a different website. When creating this type of product, you will be asked for a Product URL which will be used to link to the product on another website instead of Add to cart button on your website.

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Note: For a detailed explanation about external/affiliate product type, you may read this article.

Variable Product

This product type allows you to sell multiple types of an item, like a different sized t-shirts. This can be set up through the attributes and variations, and each combination can have it’s own price and SKU.

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Note: For a detailed explanation about variable product type, you may read this article.

Enabling Visual Composer for Product Posts

In order to use visual composer shortcodes for product description, visual composer for product posts has to be enabled.

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From WordPress left menu, go to Visual Composer > Role Manager.

Creating a product post - VC role manager

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From Post types dropdown, select Custom.

Creating a product post - custom post type

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Click on product.

Creating a product post - product type

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Click on Save Changes.
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Note: You can now use visual composer for products just like you can when creating pages.
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