In this chapter we will see in details how to manage stock in your e-shop. In WooCommerce we have both possibilities to manage it or not.
Please go to your menu in WordPress to WC Stock Manager. You´ll get the following screen.
Let´s start by the possibility NO – not to manage it. In case you decide to not to manage your stock, the only available options you have is the Stock status column and there In Stock or Out of Stock.
It means there are 2 possible logic combinations in settings and their displaying in the frontend for customers.
In stock option – in administration and displaying in your e-shop
Out of stock option – in administration and displaying in your e-shop
As we already mentioned earlier, there is also the possibility to manage your Stock, choose an YES in the corresponding column.
Given that in this case all the fields are in game and more combinations exist, the explanation must be a bit extensive.
The most important value on which all scenarios are based is the one you have in Stock column. You may notice that it is also distinguished by color.
GREEN – 5 and more units available
YELLOW – 1-4 units available
RED – 0 or negative
The value in the Stock field is more than 0.
Logically the option in the column Stock status is set to In Stock, as the product is available physically and the customer can add it to the cart .
Setting in administration and the corresponding view for customers in your e-shop
The value in the Stock field is 0 and the Backorder option is set to NO.
Consequently the option in the column Stock status is Out of stock, the product is not available (neither physically nor virtually) and at the same time as the Backorder is set to NO, the customer has no possibility to order it- the Add to cart botton is missing on the frontend page.
The value in the Stock field is 0 and the Backorder option is set to YES.
Obviously the option in the Stock status column will be In stock, as the product is available virtually and the customer has the possibility to add it to the cart and pay for it.
The value in the Stock field is 0 and the Backorder option is set to NOTIFY.
This scenario is the same as the previos one, the only difference is that the customer will see a notification that the product is available on backorder.
Note: In case of Scenario 3 and 4 the Stock value can be also negative as we work with Backorders and virtual quantity.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you accidentally or intentionally enter values that are not in accordance with the above scenarios (possible combinations) in the fields related to the stock and its status, these values will be ignored by the system and will not be reflected even after saving and refreshing the page.
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