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How to Add Sample Data in WooCommerce (+ Product Images)

Posted On November 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm by / No Comments

Do you want to add some sample data in WooCommerce?

If you are setting up a new online store, then you may want to add some sample product data to see how it would look. This can also help with testing before going live.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily add sample data in WooCommerce with product images.

Adding sample data in WooCommerce

Why Add Sample Data in WooCommerce?

Using dummy data in WooCommerce lets you see how your WooCommerce store looks with actual products in place.

You can test your WooCommerce theme, try essential WooCommerce plugins, and set up your store without adding your own products.

Adding dummy WooCommerce products enables you to offer a better customer experience in your store when you go live with real products.

Setting Up Your WooCommerce Store for Sample Data

If you haven’t yet launched your WordPress website, then you need to get suitable WooCommerce hosting.

Need help launching a WordPress powered WooCommerce store? Follow the instructions in our step by step WooCommerce tutorial.

Adding Sample Product Data in WooCommerce

Now that you have installed WooCommerce, let’s add some sample product data to your store.

First, you need to visit the Products » All Products page in your WordPress admin area and click on the ‘Start Import’ button.

Click the 'Start Import' button to import sample data into WooCommerce

You will then see the product importer page. From here, you need to click on the ‘Advanced Options’ link to expand the settings.

Click the Show Advanced Options link in order to see more fields

After that, you just need to copy and paste the following URL path into the box for a CSV file on your server.

wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/sample-data/sample_products.csv

Entering the URL path of your product sample CSV file

That URL goes directly to the sample product data that comes with the WooCommerce plugin. This is the quickest method to add the sample data.

Another option is to download the sample_products.csv file from your website and then upload it again. Simply go to the following URL:

https://example.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/sample-data/sample_products.csv

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name. Your browser will automatically download the CSV file to your computer, which you can then upload on the product importer page.

Once you have uploaded the CSV file, you will be prompted to choose how to map the data to the product fields in WooCommerce.

We recommend leaving all these settings as the defaults and click on ‘Run the importer’ button at the bottom.

Click the 'Run the Importer' button to go ahead and import the test product data

The WooCommerce importer may take a minute or two to import dummy content. Once it has finished, you will see an ‘Import Complete’ message. You can then click on the ‘View products’ button to see all the imported content.

The message showing that the WooCommerce product import is complete

The sample WooCommerce products will show up just like regular products.

The sample products are now shown in the product table

You can then edit these just like any WooCommerce products, preview them with your WooCommerce theme, and try out different WordPress plugins.

Making Sample Orders in WooCommerce

WooCommerce doesn’t come with a sample order generator. The simplest way to make dummy orders in WooCommerce is to simply go through the checkout process yourself.

It’s simple to do this without spending any money and without changing the prices of your products.

Simply go to the WooCommerce » Settings » Payments page in your WordPress admin and enable the ‘Cash on delivery’ payment option. Don’t forget to click the Save Changes button.

Enabling cash on delivery in WooCommerce

Next, you need to visit your store and order some of the dummy products. You’ll then see your orders on the WooCommerce » Orders page.

Viewing your sample orders in WooCommerce

You can make as many sample orders as you want.

How to Remove the Sample Data in WooCommerce

After you’ve finished using your sample data, you can delete the dummy products and orders.

To delete orders, go to the WooCommerce » Orders page in your WordPress admin. Here, you simply need to select all the orders and use the ‘Bulk actions’ menu to go them all to the trash.

Just select ‘Go to trash’ from the dropdown then click the Apply button.

Moving your sample orders to the trash

To delete products, go to the Products » All Products page in your WordPress admin. Again, simply select all the products then use the ‘Bulk actions’ menu. Go ahead and select ‘Go to trash’ then click the Apply button.

Moving your sample products to the trash

We hope this article helped you learn how to add sample data in WooCommerce. Now that your store is ready, we recommend that you setup WooCommerce conversion tracking to gain insights.

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