Are you an e-commerce business owner selling unique, one-of-a-kind products? If so, what happens to your products once they have been purchased and are no longer available? Fear not, because ProgramMatek has the perfect solution for you.
In this article, we will show you how to enhance your customer experience by utilizing the Woocommerce Archive Product feature. Not only will it automate your stock control, but it will also boost your search engine ranking and credibility by showcasing all the amazing products you have sold in the past.
Preventing Duplicate Purchases Made Easy
Setting up your Woocommerce store to ensure each product can only be purchased once is surprisingly simple! Just follow these steps:
Woo your customers with the right settings:
- Go to WooCommerce → Settings → Products→ Inventory.
- Enable Stock Management and save the page.
Fine-tune your product settings:
- For each product, go to the ‘Edit Product’ screen.
- Scroll down to the ‘Product Data’ section and open the ‘Inventory’ tab.
- Enable ‘Manage Stock’ and set the stock quantity to 1, while disallowing back orders.
- Save the product.
Once these steps are complete, your customers will see an ‘Add to Cart’ button on the product page. However, since only one item is in stock, there will be no quantity picker. After a customer makes a purchase, the ‘Add to Cart’ button will disappear, ensuring that no one else can buy the product.
Showcasing Previously Sold Products
Most stores selling one-of-a-kind products want to display available products on their main shop page while keeping sold-out products on a separate archive page. Here’s how to achieve both:
To accomplish this, we recommend using the WooCommerce Product Table plugin. It comes with handy shortcodes that allow you to list products separately based on their stock status.
Install WooCommerce Product Table, activate the license key, and customize your product listing according to your preferences. You can choose which columns of information to display about each product.
Listing Available Products
To list your current inventory on a specific page, simply add the following shortcode:
If you wish to list products from different categories separately, append the category slug to the shortcode:
[product_table cf="_stock_status:instock" category="category-slug"]
Feel free to add as many shortcodes as you like, each one listing different products.
Creating a Sold Out Products Archive
To create an archive of previously sold-out products, insert the following shortcode wherever you want the list to appear:
If you want to categorize sold-out products, you can use the category option as well:
[product_table term="product_visibility:outofstock" category="category-slug"]
Troubleshooting tip: If you encounter any issues with product listings, go to WooCommerce → Settings → Products → Inventory and ensure that your store is not set to hide out-of-stock items.
Customizing Your Table Columns
The sold-out products will be displayed in a table format, with customizable columns. By default, the table includes an ‘Add to Cart’ column, which is suitable for current products. However, for sold-out products, including an ‘Add to Cart’ button is unnecessary. Don’t worry though, WooCommerce Product Table is clever enough to transform the ‘Add to Cart’ button into a ‘Read More’ button for sold-out products. This button will redirect customers to the single product page, where they can find more images and detailed information about the product.
If you prefer not to include a ‘Buy’ column for your sold-out products, you can easily remove it from the table by using the following shortcode:
[product_table term="product_visibility:outofstock" columns="image,name,summary,price"]
Feel free to consult the documentation to choose the exact columns you require for your product table.
Get Started with ProgramMatek
As you can see, ProgramMatek’s WooCommerce Product Table simplifies the process of listing your previously available ‘sold-out’ products separately from your main shop. It’s an excellent way to demonstrate to customers the unique offerings of your store, even if their desired product is currently unavailable.
Test the plugin risk-free today! Setting it up only takes a few minutes. Visit ProgramMatek here to learn more about this fantastic feature for your Woocommerce store.
Remember, when it comes to your e-commerce business, ProgramMatek has got you covered with innovative solutions that enhance your customers’ shopping experiences.