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How to Create a Product Catalog in WordPress (without a Shopping Cart)

Do you want to create a product catalog in WordPress without adding a full-blown shopping cart? Sometimes businesses want to take order by phone while still displaying their product catalog on the website. In this article, we will show you how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress without a shopping cart.

How to create a WordPress product catalog without shopping cart

Why Add a Product Catalog without Shopping Cart

Some businesses have products that they can’t sell online because they have an undetermined price. This makes it impossible for them to use a shopping cart plugin, but they still want to make a website, so they can showcase those products and attract potential customers.

Normally, people associate eCommerce platforms with online shopping. However, you can still use them to display products without using shopping cart feature.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress without using the shopping cart feature.

Getting Started with Your Product Catalog in WordPress

The best way to create a product catalog in WordPress is by using WooCommerce. Don’t worry, you will not be using any of its shopping cart features.

If you already have a WordPress website, then you can go ahead and install and activate the WooCommerce plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

If you don’t have a WordPress site setup, then see our guide on how to create an online store to quickly set up WordPress with WooCommerce.

Once you have installed WooCommerce, you can move on to creating your product catalog in WordPress.

Creating Product Catalog in WordPress without Shopping Cart

By default, WooCommerce displays an add to cart or buy button next to all your products. This makes it difficult to create a product catalog without the shopping cart feature.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution that fixes this problem.

First, you need to install and activate the YITH WooCommerce Catalog Mode plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit YITH Plugins » Catalog Mode page to configure the plugin settings.

Catalog mode

First, you need to check the box next to ‘Enable YITH WooCommerce Catalog Mode’ option to enable the plugin. After that, you need to choose where you want to hide the ‘Add to cart’ button.

You can choose to hide it on the shop pages or product details pages.

But in this case, you should go with the last option which allows you to disable shop feature everywhere by disabling the checkout page, cart page, and removing all add to cart button everywhere.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Adding Products to Your WordPress Product Catalog

You can now go ahead and start adding products to your site. Simply visit Products » Add New page to enter your product information.

Add new product

On the products screen, you can provide product title, description, short description, product image, and product gallery. Under the ‘Product’ data section, you will find the price options. You can leave them blank if you don’t want to display product pricing.

Price options for product

Once you are finished, go ahead and publish your product. Repeat the process to add as many products as needed to build up your catalog.

Viewing Your WordPress Product Catalog

You can visit your WooCommerce shop page to view your default catalog in action. Your shop page is usually located at a URL like this:

Replace with your own URL to view your WooCommerce shop page in the catalog mode.

Shop page in catalog mode

If you don’t want to use the shop page, then you can also display your products on any WordPress page and use it as your product catalog.

All you have to do is create a new WordPress page or edit an existing one, and add the following shortcode in the content area:

[products columns="4" limit="8" paginate="true"]

Feel free to change the number of columns and the items per page limit to your own requirements. Once you have adjusted the shortcode, go ahead and save or publish your page to preview it.

Product catalog page preview

You will notice that the product pages will not show any add to cart or buy buttons. You can click on any individual product to see the product details page.

Product details page

It will show all the product information images, description, gallery, without an add to cart or buy button.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress without the shopping cart feature. You may also want to see our list of the best WooCommerce themes that you can use for your product catalog website.

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  1. Can I link the products for payment elsewhere? I want to put all my courses on this page and have payment handled by Thinkific. How do I do that?

  2. Is there a way to create two catalogues for the same site? I mean I want to have a catalogue of pens and a catalogue of books.

  3. Thank you so much for this post! I was worried about displaying my product catalog without a cart but you made it easy for me! Thank you for guiding!

  4. hello there, is there any plugin in WordPress which adds another section for retailers where they can add their product description and photo and it will list in my e-commerce site after our approval? please answer, I will be very grateful to you.

  5. Thank you, any recommendation what can be used to add a button on product page that when clicked redirects the user to another url/website.

  6. Great article thank you. Once add to cart is disabled, will this allow me to then replace the add to cart with a “buy now” call-to-action button that directs the user to a shop direct product page where the user can “add the cart” and complete their order?

    • No, the goal of this guide would be to remove the option to purchase from your site.


  7. Hello. Thanks for the great blog. Very useful. I was wondering. Is there a shortcode for showing categories rather than products? Thanks.

    • It would depend on how specifically you wanted them displayed, if you check WooCommerce’s shortcodes there are multiple display options you can take a look at :)


  8. Is it possible to build a website for ecommerce, dropshipping and affilateed product in onesingle platform

  9. At my company, we have one catalog that needs NO pricing. Then on another section, we need pricing. Any simple suggestions on how to resolve this?

    Would I need to occurrences of WooCommerce or something?

    • You would want to reach out to the plugin’s support but that would likely be handled by the pro version of the plugin


  10. If my customer changes his mind in a few months, can i enable all the buying options such as cart icon etc. and continue use WooCommerce or I will have to set all the product from the beginning?

    • You would disable the catalog mode and it would start working as a normal WooCommerce store


  11. Hi. This is great thank you. Is there a way of adding something to the short code so I just show products listed in a particular category on particular pages on my website?

    • You would want to reach out to the plugin’s support and they would let you know what customizations are available :)


    • Hi Nicola, I don’t know if you already found this out but I just found out you can do it this way:

      [products columns=”4″ limit=”8″ paginate=”true” category=”YOUR CATEGORY”]

      Hope that helps

  12. I’m wanting to to showcase art from different sources (with affiliate links) on my upcoming post about sourcing art online. Would this plugin work for that?
    Thanks for your help!

    • It would depend on how you want to display the content but this method should work for what it sounds like you’re wanting


  13. I am facing an issue with uploading product images in the catalogue mode, can someone tell me what the problem might be? Because I am way below the 99 product limit

    • You would want to first reach out to the plugin’s support for assistance with it :)


  14. Actually I want to replace the add to cart or buy button with WhatsApp button, any help I would apppreciate, Thanks.

    • You would want to reach out to the plugin’s support for if there is a built-in option for that or recommended method for setting that up.


  15. It is a super helpful article , I was trying to show product without cart & it just solved my problem in 2 minutes. Great thanks to the author :-)

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