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How to disable the main WooCommerce shop page

Lots of people use the WooCommerce Product Table plugin to replace the main WooCommerce shop page. If you’re using a product table instead of the standard shop page layout, then you may want to hide the main shop page completely so that your customers can no longer access it.

There are two ways to do this, depending on whether you want to add product tables directly to the shop page, or replace the shop page with another page containing a product table.

Note: We’ve discovered that a lot of people are reading this article because they want to hide the WooCommerce shop page from public view. To do that, we recommend our WooCommerce Private Store plugin which hides your entire store from the public parts of your website. 

How to add product tables to the WooCommerce shop page

You can replace the default WooCommerce shop page layout with a product table view by modifying a template file in your theme. Please see our separate article for instructions.

How to hide, disable or remove the WooCommerce shop page

If you’d rather stop people from accessing the default shop page and use another page containing a product table instead, then you can do this.

Don’t delete the main shop page – this needs to exist and be selected in the WooCommerce settings, because it powers other WooCommerce pages such as the cart and checkout.

Instead, use the free Redirection plugin (or similar) to automatically direct people from the main shop page to your product table page. This will prevent anyone from accessing it.

If you empty your cart, then a ‘Back to shop’ button appears on the WooCommerce cart page linking to the shop page. If you use the Redirection plugin to forward people from the shop page to your product table page, then they will not be able to access the shop page. This means that there’s no need to change the ‘Back to shop’ link. (You can change the link programmatically if you still want to.)

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