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How to Create a Product Catalog in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Do you want to create a product catalog in WordPress without adding a full-blown shopping cart?

Sometimes businesses want to take orders by phone while still displaying their product catalog on the website, or maybe you want customers to quickly buy a product with a single click without having to go through the entire checkout process.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress.

How to create a product catalog in WordPress

Why Add a Product Catalog without a 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 WordPress website to 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 the shopping cart feature.

On the other hand, you can add a product catalog with a one-click purchase option. Customers can instantly buy a product and bypass the checkout process. This provides a better shopping experience and makes the entire process quicker.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress.

Getting Started with Your Product Catalog in WordPress

The best way to create a product catalog in WordPress is by using WooCommerce. It is the best eCommerce plugin for WordPress and helps you create all types of online stores.

Plus, it supports multiple third-party plugins and extensions. You can use them to add new features, customize your store, and introduce new functionality to your WooCommerce store.

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. We will cover 2 methods, including adding a product catalog without a shopping cart and with one-click checkout.

Method 1: Create a Product Catalog without a 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 the YITH » Catalog Mode page to configure the plugin settings.

Edit catalog mode settings

The plugin lets you enable catalog mode for all users or only for guest users. There are also options to display product catalogs to users from specific locations.

Next, you can scroll down to view more settings. You can go ahead and click the ‘Disable shop’ option.

Disable shop in catalog mode

Don’t forget to save the changes and store your settings.

Adding Products to Your WordPress Product Catalog

Next, you can go ahead and start adding products to your site. Simply visit the Products » Add New page to enter your product information.

Add new product

On the products screen, you can provide a 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.

Leave the price settings blank

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.

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 catalog mode.

Product catalog preview

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.

You will notice that the product pages will not show any add-to-cart or buy buttons.

Products don't have add to cart button

You can click on any individual product to see the product details page. It will show all the product information images, description, gallery, and without an add to cart or buy button.

Remember, you can use the product description to include your contact info so that customers who are interested in the product can get in touch with you about purchasing it.

Method 2: Create a Product Catalog with One-Click Checkout

Another situation in which you can show a product category is with a one-click purchase option. This will allow your customers to instantly purchase a product by clicking the buy it now button and don’t have to go through the standard checkout process.

First, you will need to install and activate the YITH WooCommerce One-Click Checkout plugin. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you can head to YITH » One-Click Checkout from the WordPress dashboard and edit the general settings.

General settings for one click checkout

For instance, you can enable the ‘Activate in shop page’ option.

Next, you can scroll down to view more settings. The plugin lets you exclude certain product categories.

It also lets you choose where you’d like to redirect customers after placing an order. You can redirect them to a product page, payment page, thank you page, or choose a custom page.

More general settings for one click checkout

Other than that, you get different customization options one-click button.

There are settings for changing the button label, background, text color, background on hover, and more.

Change buy it now button text and color

When you’re done, click the ‘Save Options’ button.

You can now visit your website to see the one-click or buy it now button.

Buy it now product catalog preview

Additional Resources for Product Catalog

Here are some more helpful guides that will take your product catalogs to the next level.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily create a product catalog in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the best WooCommerce themes that you can use for your product catalog website and our guide on WooCommerce SEO made easy.

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  2. Ralph says

    This looks like a great solution for my wife interior design blog where she wants to sell custom made furniture. We can’t really show fixed price for everything but still want to show, what we can do. Great and simple guide!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugins from this article charge on a yearly basis unless they change their pricing plan.


  3. Lorraine says

    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?

  4. Ezeequiel says

    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.

  5. Lalit says

    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!

  6. hitesh says

    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.

  7. Denise Ellis says

    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.

  8. Denise Ellis says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  9. David says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 :)


  10. Sanjeev says

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

  11. mike says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  12. Peter says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  13. Nicola says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


    • David says

      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

  14. Suzy Knapp says

    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!

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  15. Sonali says

    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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  16. Farhan Muntaqo says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  17. Styleloft Apparels says

    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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