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How to Sort WooCommerce Products Manually

WooCommerce comes with a variety of sorting options. By default, the sort order for your products is “Custom Ordering + Name”.

There’s a number of plugins that enable you to sort the products manually, but did you know this functionality is already built into WooCommerce.

Navigate to Products, then click Sorting.

From this page, you can simply drag and drop the product rows to reorder them. You could also filter by category and change the ordering per category.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t a very flexible sorting option, but it should mostly do what you need.

When you add new products they will show up first in the list.

If you wanted to change the default sort order, you can do that under WooCommerce > Settings > Products > DisplayDefault product sorting.

James is the founder of Iconic and an experienced WooCommerce plugin developer.

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  1. waga says:

    hi, if i sort order the same product in brands and i want it to be first and then in another category i want it to be last i cant do that when i change order in one of the categories the sorting changes in both do you have a solution?

  2. Great instructions, I’d just add in a recent update WooCommerce have moved the “Default Product Sorting” options to the WordPress customizer,

    Cheers
    Chris

  3. Hi,
    Great blog, You have summed up all the points very efficiently. Thank you for sharing.
    Thanks

  4. jj_delaney says:

    Hi, is there anyway to get woocommerce to changing the order of the product variations in the front end. When a customer clicks on the size options, they are alphabetical rather than by size which makes no sense! L / M/ S / XL / XS

  5. How do we do this when products appear on multiple pages?

    • Cindy says:

      Did you ever find a solution for this? If so, would you mind sharing please?
      Thanks!

      • Amy says:

        Right at the top of the page, under ‘screen options’, increase the ‘number of items per page’ so all products are on one page.

    • Amy says:

      Right at the top of the page, under ‘screen options’, increase the ‘number of items per page’ so all products are on one page.

  6. Hi, the sorting feature does not work for me. What am I doing wrong?

  7. thanks for instruction. i have a question . i cant any option in my product with name “display ” . any other place may be i found it ?

  8. Michel says:

    Thanks for clearing my doubt on WooCommerce default sorting option : Custom Ordering + Name
    Now everything clear and i got idea how exactly it rendering products on Catalog page.

  9. It’s not working for us. We click sorting, move the products into the order we want it to be on front end and nothing changes on the front end. When we go back into in the category and click sorting they are in the order we moved them to but won’t show on the front end or if we just go into the category without clicking sorting.

    Have cleared cache too

  10. Sandrine says:

    HI Guys,

    Anyone found out the solution? I did what Michelle Ingram did and no changes…

    Thank you

  11. Anyone found out the solution?
    Thank you

  12. This is great if you have 20 products. What do you do with a few hundred let alone thousands of products?

    • Cindy says:

      Did you ever find a solution for this? If so, would you mind sharing please?
      Thanks – facing the same issue here!

    • Cindy says:

      Did you ever find a solution for this? If so, would you mind sharing please?
      Thanks, facing the same problem!

      • I have not found a solution Cindy other than to increase the number of items displayed on the ALL PRODUCTS page in Woocommerce Admin. Do this in the screen options at the top RHS of the ALL PRODUCTS page in Woocommerce Admin. It can display hundreds if not 1,000 so this will accommodate most situations. Good Luck. Alistair

      • I think this is the limitation of this native feature. You might want to consider using 3rd party plugin if you wish to achieve this in automatic mode instead of doing this manually.

  13. Amee James says:

    Great instructions, I’d just add in a recent update WooCommerce have moved the “Default Product Sorting” options to the WordPress customizer,

  14. Sarah says:

    Amee James – thanks for this update. Can you provide more detailed instructions of where to find “default product sorting” now? That would be awesome. Thank you!

  15. Peter Ballasiotes says:

    Now it is in the wordpress customizer as mentioned above. It is located here:
    WooCommerce ▸ Archives
    Third item down.. Default product sorting

    Cheers!

  16. Shay Discepolo says:

    When I go into Woo/Settings/Product there is no option showing for Display. How do I get this option to appear so I can edit the default sort?

  17. Shay Discepolo says:

    When I go into Woo/Settings/Products – there is not an option for display. I only get…

    General |Inventory |Downloadable products

    How can I get the Display option to show up?

  18. Jhimross says:

    @Shay Discepolo This option can be found now in Appearance > Customize > WooCommerce.

  19. 30/03/2020 – Order (updated in Customizer) does not display them in the custom order. I am only using 4 products (all membership based). It is not even sorting on price. Seems to be on name only still – not the order I’ve set in the Customizer (although – in the Customizer it shows them in the expected order). All caches are cleared.

  20. Cindy says:

    Thank you Alistair! I think that may be just the thing we were looking for – because although the built-in WooCommerce sort allows sorting within categories, you couldn’t drag a product from one page (page of 20 items) to another page in that same category. What we really needed was to display 100 items at once, I believe! I will test it out and let you know. Thank you!!

  21. pixup says:

    Thanks for this post, I`m looking for solution from yesterday.

  22. I enjoyed seeing your products and your articles.thank you

  23. i enjoy seeing your website

  24. Asad Iqbal says:

    It’s Working,
    Thank You Very Much, I was stuck there for week

  25. kimberly harper says:

    How do you push a product to another page. It only shows so many. Is there a way to show more on one page. thanks

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