WooCommerce General Settings and Status Options

After you set up WooCommerce products, you’ll want to ensure your e-commerce store settings are configured before it can affect customers. Below cover some general WooCommerce Settings and Status options.

Note: Log into WordPress to follow the steps below.


Click Appearance, then Widgets. Click on a widget to add it to an available section or drag it to the right. WooCommerce widgets are highlighted below. WooCommerce widgets

  • Active Product Filters – shows products matching current filters
  • Filter Products by Attribute – shows products matching specified attributes
  • Cart – shows products currently in the cart
  • Filter Products by Price – shows a slider to filter products by price
  • Products by Rating – filter products by rating
  • Product Categories – show product categories
  • Products – list store products
  • Products by Rating -show top-rated products
  • Product Search – search field for your products
  • Prdouct Tag Cloud – show tags for your products
  • Recent Product Reviews – list new reviews
  • Recent Viewed Products – show products the customer viewed


Search Product Search extension

Using the WooCommerce Product Search paid extension, shortcodes allow you to use many features available via widgets but within a particular page or post. The following live filter shortcodes would be availabe:

Learn more about shortcodes in WooCommerce documentation channel.


If you change your WordPress site language in Settings, then General, WooCommerce will translate products according to Translate.WordPress.org. You can use custom translations with plugins such as GTranslate or Loco Translate.


  1. Under Settings, click Permalinks.
  2. Edit WooCommerce permalinks at the bottom.
    Edit WooCommerce permalinks
  3. Save Changes.
  4. Note: The product custom base and taxonomy permalink bases must be different for WordPress to know the different between categories and products.


WooCommerce creates the Shop Manager and Customer roles by default.

Customers can edit their information and view their orders.

Shop Manager can manage WooCommerce settings and products.

You can further modify groups with plugins such as Groups, Members, or Compatibility Manager Enhanced.

Set up Taxes

  1. Under WooCommerce, click Settings.
  2. Enable taxes and Save Changes.
    Enable taxes
  3. At the top, click the Tax tab.
  4. Update Tax options and Save changes.
    Edit Tax options
  5. Click Standard rate, Reduced rate rates, and Zero rate rates to edit their respective sections.
    Add standard tax rates

System Status Report

    Click WooCommerce, Status, then Get system report for an easy-to-copy format of your WordPress website information to Copy for support.

    Tools list options help you manage your WooCommerce products database and customer data. Options include:

    WooCommerce Status Tools
    • WooCommerce transients
    • Expired transients
    • Orphaned variations
    • Used-up download permissions
    • Order address indexes
    • Term counts
    • Capabilities
    • Clear customer sessions
    • Create default WooCommerce pages
    • Delete WooCommerce tax rates
    • Reset usage tracking
    • Regenerate shop thumbnails
    • Update database

    Logs track events and errors with timestamps within your store.

    Scheduled Actions lists web hooks in lieu of needing to use WP cron for scheduled tasks.


Webhooks integrate websites and services by sending an event notification to a specified URL to trigger other events. Event notifications can relate to chanding orders, products, coupons, or customers.

  1. Under WooCommerce, click Settings.
  2. Click Advanced on the top.
  3. Click Webhooks.
  4. Click Add webhook.

Learn more capabilities and best practices for e-commerce web design in our WooCommerce education channel.

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