Adding the product format category – CD, LP, Single – is now set in the same place as the music genre. The category ‘Vinyl’ is the parent category of the ‘LP’ and ‘Single’ categories, so it does not need to be selected. So if a punter selects to view the ‘Vinyl’ category, they’ll be shown all the LPs and singles.
I’ve set the Format category names of CD, LP and Single with a star ★ preceding the name. This makes it easier to see at a glance which products in Product > All Products have got a format category assigned and which ones haven’t. Once we have the format categories applied to all the products we can remove the stars.
Browsing the Products listing, we can spot the ones which don’t have a Format category assigned and can set this using Quick Edit for individual listings.
We can use keyword searches in the Products listing to identify multiple products needing the same category settings. After performing a keyword search, we can then select the individual products which need the same amendments. We can then select the ‘Bulk Edit’ option and select ‘apply’. We will then see a Quick Edit screen which shows the options we can change or add to the selected products.
Product categories listing
The extent of the product category listing currently looks like this:
- Format829 products
- All music1665 products
- Ballards0 products
- 60s – 70s Pop14 products
- Dumb, Weird, Spooky25 products
- Early Soul & Funk190 products
- Garage Punk / Frat88 products
- Hillbilly & Country61 products
- Instrumental55 products
- Modern Rockin' bands114 products
- Psychedelic Rock – Freakbeat12 products
- Punk – New Garage16 products
- Rhythm & Blues925 products
- Rockabilly / Rock N Roll556 products
- Surf8 products
The ‘All Music’ parent category embraces all of the products listed in the Woocommerce shop. The ‘Format’ parent category also embraces all the products in the shop. Essentially, every item in the shop has a musical genre category and a format category. There will be a few exceptions, accessories like spinners, slip mats, key rings and the like will have a format (‘Accessories’) but won’t have a category in ‘All Music’. For the most part, though, the ‘Format’ tally will be much the same as the ‘All Music’ tally once we have caught up with the Format category allocation.
The product category listing above will be very useful to shoppers but I think we need to get more of the Format category assignment more complete before making it public.