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Product Category Shortcodes

These two shortcodes will display your product categories on any page.

  • [product_category] – Will display products in a specified product category.
  • [product_categories] – Will display all your product categories.

Available Product Category attributes

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  • ids – Specify product category ids listed. Used with [product_categories]
  • category – Can be either the category id, name or slug. Used with [product_category]
  • limit – The number of categories to display. Entering “0” or leaving undeclared shows all categories. (Interchangable with number as shown in example)
  • columns – The number of columns to display. Defaults to 4
  • hide_empty – The default is “1” which will hide empty categories. Set to “0” to show empty categories
  • parent – Set to a specific category ID if you would like to display all the child categories. Alternatively, set to “0” (like in the example below) to show only the top level categories.
  • orderby – The default is order by “name”, “id”, “slug”, or “menu_order” are additional options. If you want to order by the ids you specified then you can use orderby="include"
  • order – States whether the category ordering is ascending (ASC) or descending (DESC), using the method set in orderby. Defaults to ASC.

Examples of Product Category Scenarios

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Show Top Level Categories Only

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Imagine you only wanted to show top level categories on a page and exclude the sub categories, well it’s possible with the following shortcode.

[product_categories number="0" parent="0"]

Questions and Support

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Do you still have questions and need assistance? 

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  • If you’re looking to extend the core functionality shown here, we recommend reviewing available extensions in the Woo Marketplace.
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