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The Beginners Guide to WooCommerce: Product Tags, Categories & Attributes

September 20, 2016

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Let’s take some time out to talk about categories, tags and attributes on your WooCommerce WordPress websites. Categories and tags are essential for running your WordPress website for long term. However, they can be used for running your website for a short period of time as well.

You can apply categories and tags to post and product in WordPress to help people find them easily. You can also organize your content so it’s easier for your readers to navigate and find their way around once they have landed on your WordPress woocommerce website.

The Beginners Guide to WooCommerce

Product Categories

By using WooCommerce product categories, you can filter and group all the relevant products together in one place. You can quickly add multiple products in one category. For example, the category for Bags will contain all sorts of bags while the category for Shirts will contain all sorts of shirts.

You can create your product category by going to Product >> Categories

Add Categories

Add New Product Category

Here, you can manage your WooCommerce product categories for your store. For example, you can use the drag and drop option to change the order of categories on the front-end. Also, you can find more options by clicking the “Screen options” at the top of the page.

Add New Product Category

Name: Add your category name.

Slug: Add your “slug”, the URL-friendly version of the name. It should contains only lowercase letters, hyphens, and numbers.

Parent: You can also choose its parent category if the newly created category is the child category.

Description: The description is not displayed by default. However, some themes may show it.

Default Type: In this drop-down menu you can find different types of options like Products, Subcategories or both.

Thumbnail: You can upload category image of your choice here.

Once you are done, go to your product section and click on Product >> Add New product. After this you will see product categories section on the left side.

Product Categories

Product Tags

When you write content and upload it on a website, you need to make sure that readers are able to search for it. This can be done by adding appropriate tags. If you use the right tags on your website, you can easily rank on Google and make sure customers can find your products easily.

You can add your product tags by going to Product >> Tags.

Product Tags

Adding WooCommerce product tags here:

Add New Product Tag

When you go this section, you’ll see a similar screen to the one we worked on in the categories section. You can also add product tags directly on the product page. Just go to any product you have created and you will see the tags section on the left-hand side. Add your tags and you’re done!

Add Product Tag Directly

If you want to remove your tags, simply go to product tags section where you’ll see the cross button. Just click on it and then update your product.

Delete Product Tags

Product Attributes

WooCommerce product attributes let you to define additional product data such as color or size. You could use these attributes in the shop sidebar using the “layered nav” widgets. Make sure you do not rename an attribute later on though.

You can add your product tags by going to Product >> Attributes.

Add attributes

You can add attributes here:

Add New Attribute

Name: Name of the attribute.

Slug:  Add your slug here. Make sure your attribute is shorter than 28 characters.

Enable Archives: Enable this option if you want this attribute to have product archives in your store.

Type: Determines how you choose attributes for products. In this drop-down menu, you can see two options; select and text. If you select text, you can add your text manually. Otherwise, the default text will be used.

Default Sort Order: With this option, you can sort the order of the content on the product pages. For the drop down menu, you can see the three options (Name, Name numeric, Term ID). You can drag and drop the terms in this attribute.

Product Sorting


That is all there is to it. I hope you have no issues while using WooCommerce product tags, WooCommerce product category, and WooCommerce attributes and that this tutorial has proved to be of help. If you have any query or suggestion about this tutorial, you can leave a comment below!

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Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at

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