How to create WooCommerce bulk variations forms (in 3 steps)

August 24, 2020

When it comes to e-commerce, online shoppers need a quick way to find the items they need and add them to their virtual cart. If you sell variable products then you can improve user experience by adding WooCommerce bulk variations forms.

By creating a quick online order form for variations, you can make browsing and purchasing as simple as possible. Customers will appreciate the user-friendly nature of an order form, especially if it lets them select multiple variations of a single item in bulk.

WooCommerce Bulk Variations grid

In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of using WooCommerce bulk variations order forms on your e-commerce site. We’ll also provide you with steps on how to create one using the WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin. Let’s get going!

WooCommerce Bulk Variations
Sell more products with a user-friendly bulk variations grid or price matrix.

The benefits of using WooCommerce bulk variations forms

Some online stores sell multiple variations of the same product. For example, clothing stores generally sell items in more than one size. Color and material are two other common variations. You might even consider offering e-books, albums, games, or movies as variations on a generic product.

By default, WooCommerce forces you to select each variation individually. This takes ages for customers wanting to buy variations in bulk!

For example, imagine you wanted to buy lots of different sizes and colors of a t-shirt. Would you rather add each variation individually by using the size and color dropdowns and clicking the ‘Add to cart’ button lots of times? Or would you rather enter the required quantity for each variation from a bulk variations form, and click the ‘Add to cart’ button once?

As you can see, the default variation dropdowns provided by WooCommerce can make the process long and complicated for customers buying lots of variations.

Displaying product variations in a WooCommerce bulk variations form offers many benefits to both you and your customers. As well as being able to buy variations in bulk more quickly, they can see all the variations at once.

This way, customers can still see all the available variations in the order form, and quickly add the ones they want to their cart in bulk from a single page.

See it in action on the WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin demo.

How to create WooCommerce bulk variations forms (in 3 steps)

Before you start, you should have a WordPress WooCommerce website set up with some variable products added. The variable products should have either 1 or 2 attributes which are used for variations (e.g. size and color).

In the steps below, we’ll focus on using the WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin to to add those variations to a table and create a bulk variations order form.

Step 1: Install and activate the WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin

Once you have your product variations set up, the first thing you’ll need to do is get WooCommerce Bulk Variations:

WooCommerce Bulk Variations
Sell more products with a user-friendly bulk variations order form.

After purchasing the plugin and downloading its .zip file, head over to your WordPress site. Make sure you have your license key handy as well (which should have been emailed to you).

Navigate to Plugins → Add New in your WP dashboard, and click on the Upload Plugin button at the top of the screen. Here you can select the .zip file for WooCommerce Bulk Variations and upload it. Once it’s finished installing, click on the blue Activate button:

Next, you’ll want to head over to your plugins list. Beneath WooCommerce Bulk Variations, click on Settings. On the resulting screen, you should see the field where you’ll need to enter your license key. Copy and paste the key there, and then scroll down and click on Save Changes.

Now that your plugin is fully installed and activated, you can get started on building your WooCommerce bulk variations form.

Step 2: Configure the settings for your WooCommerce bulk variations form

One of the great things about WooCommerce Bulk Variations is how customizable the plugin is.

There are several useful and easy-to-access settings you can configure, which helps you make your bulk variations forms just right for your WooCommerce store.

Most importantly, you’ll want to decide whether to include images for each variation, and how to display variable products that only have one attribute (e.g. color or size, but not both).

WooCommerce Bulk Variations settings page
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Step 3: Add your bulk variations order form to any page

Finally, you need to get your variations order forms up and running. WooCommerce Bulk Variations makes this simple and provides 3 ways to do this:

  • Enable the bulk variations forms globally on the plugin settings page.
  • Enable it for specific variable products in the Bulk Variations tab on the Edit Product screen.
  • Use a shortcode to manually insert bulk variations forms anywhere on your site.

Your WooCommerce bulk variations form is now ready for your customers! If you add or remove variations or change settings, the order form will update automatically.

Can I list the variations for multiple products?

The WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin is designed to list the variations for one product in each order form. You can create as many bulk variations order forms as you like, each for a different product.

If you want to list the variations for multiple products in the same order form, then you might prefer our other plugin – WooCommerce Product Table. This lets you list the variations for an unlimited number of products in a quick one-page order form. It comes with 2 ways to list variations:

  1. List one product per row, with the variations as dropdowns in the add to cart column. The customer uses the quick add to cart checkboxes to select variations and then add each products to the cart – all from one page.
  2. List one variation per row, so that customers can enter a quantity and click the add to cart checkboxes to add multiple variations to the cart at once.
WooCommerce Product Table list variations plugin

Where to get the plugin

A WooCommerce bulk variations form is the easiest way for customers to purchase several varieties of a single product. By improving this process for your online shoppers, you can provide a better customer experience and increase your sales.

In this article, we demonstrated how to create a bulk variations order form with WooCommerce Bulk Variations. The plugin comes with everything you need to start listing variations straight away:

  • Super-simple to set up – only takes a few minutes.
  • Full support from our WordPress and WooCommerce experts.
  • 30-day money back guarantee – absolutely no risk!
WooCommerce Bulk Variations
Start creating bulk variations order forms today - love it or your money back!

Do you have any other questions about creating a WooCommerce bulk variations form for your e-commerce site? Ask them in the comments section below!

Will Morris

Will Morris is a staff writer at WordCandy. When he's not writing about WordPress, he likes to gig his stand-up comedy routine on the local circuit.

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