How to create private WooCommerce categories
Private categories work in exactly the same way as private WordPress pages or posts, which you can read about in the WordPress Codex.
Tip: For most people using WooCommerce Protected Categories, we recommend using the role protection option because it’s easier to set up and gives you more fine-grained control. However, the private categories option is available if you wish to use it. For example, it might be useful if you are also using private pages and posts and want to protect your categories in the same way.
Who can see WooCommerce private categories?
For most sites, only logged in Administrators and Store Managers can see private pages, posts and categories. You can change this by editing the permission levels for your site.
How to create a private product category:
- Go to Products → Product Categories in the WordPress admin.
- Click the option to either add a new category or edit an existing one.
- In the ‘Visibility’ section above the ‘Add New Product Category’ button, select ‘Private’.
- Save your category.
You can have as many private categories as you like, while leaving your other categories public.