WooCommerce is a great free shopping cart plugin if all you need is a basic shopping cart with Paypal checkout and products without priced options. But products often have options that increase the price of the product.
For example, you sell a snow blower. The base price is $500. But you offer options: snow chains for the tires, a night light for working in the dark, and an electric starter. The tire chains, night light, and electric starter add additional costs to the product.
You can do this with WooCommerce without any plugins, but it quickly becomes very complicated and cumbersome if you have several priced options. You have to manually set a price for each option combination, a method that is prone to human error. What you need is a Woo plugin that lets you add a price for each option, and the plugin figures out the price difference. The following is a WooCommerce Product Add-ons Review.
The WooCommerce Product Add-Ons extension is a great value ($49) if you need products with priced options and the options don’t need inventory control. If you need inventory control for your options, you need the Composite Products extension.
The Product Add-Ons extension allows you to add several field types as options:
- text areas
- radios buttons
- select boxes
- custom price input
- file uploads
You can make any of the field types required. Plus, you can add a field for donations (Custom Price Input), a great feature for non-profits.
Option Field Types
Product Add-Ons is very easy to use! Once you install the plugin, you will see an Add-ons link in the individual product data links. Click the Add-ons link and you can start adding product options, and each option can have a unique price or no price.
In addition, you can create Product Add-Ons at a global level and assign the options to product categories. If you be nice if you could pick individual products, instead of categories, for the global add-ons, but you can override the global category option assignment in individual products.
Export / Import
Product Add-Ons lets you export and import product options. This feature is useful if you have a standard option set that you want to use on another WooCommerce installation. Or, you can create a product add-on set and import it to individual products.
Custom Product Fields
You can also use Product Add-Ons to create custom product fields. For example, if you need to gather information from the customer regarding the product, you can add several input fields that the customer must answer before ordering the product. This can be useful if you have a product that has a very specific use. The custom input fields can help force the customer to answer some questions on the product page that will indicate if the product is appropriate for the customer’s use.
Order and WooCommerce Email
Any product options you add to a product automatically show up on the order and in the order emails sent by WooCommerce. Very nice!
Every shopping carts needs the ability to add priced product options. That fact that WooCommerce doesn’t include an easy way to do this is not an oversight. WooCommerce is free and you get what you pay for. If your time is worth anything, then the $49 for Product Add-Ons is more than worth it. I highly recommend this product.