This is the HELP section of the “WooCommerce Product Catalog Feed” plugin.

1

Download the plugin files

2

Install and activate the plugin

3

Activate your license key

Get ready

These steps are usually optional

Check the plugin’s global settings

How often to regenerate the feeds, global Google Taxonomy, Global Image, define general mapping rules for some Google Merchant fields.

Check WooCommerce Category Options

You can exclude a category from all feeds, define the Google Taxonomy, and you can define some of Google fields (adult, shipping_label, and tax_category.

Prepare your products

These steps are usually optional

Product global settings

Exclude the product from all feeds, configure a custom URL, add GTIN and MPN, configure Google Taxonomy, add extra images for the feeds only.

Google Merchant extra fields

The plugin ads the extra fields specific to Google Merchant feed type. This data will be used when you generate a Google Merchant feed.

Google Ads Custom Feed

The plugin ads the extra fields specific to Google Ads Custom feed type.

Generate Feeds

Click on “Create New Feed”

Key options

Select the feed type, language (if you use WPML) and the Tax (if you have multiple taxes).

Review the other options

There are plenty of configurations available. Review them and change what you want. The defaults should always do a great job.

Smart Tags

Are added under custom_label_0 and you can use them to create Product Sets containing your most recent or best-selling products.

recent-product

This tag is added to your most recent products. You can decide how many products will get it.

top-30-days

This tag is added to your best selling products in the last 30 days. You can decide how many products will get it.

How things work

Product Attributes & Custom Fields

Some fields can be mapped to existing Product Attributes. Mapping can be done on different levels:

  • Global Settings
  • Category
  • Feed

Custom fields are added to all products and variations. They cover all the required elements that don’t exist by default in WooCommerce.

When the feed is generated, the plugin will look for Custom Fields first. If it can’t find any, it will look for any mapping on the category level. It will then move to the mapping done on a global level. In some cases, mapping can be done on feed level too.

Fallback Options

The plugin uses “hierarchies” to fill up various fields.

Let’s take the “description” field as an example. There are 3 possible values that can be used: “short description”, “description”, and “product title”. You can uncheck any of them and they will be ignored.

When the feed is created, the plugin will look for the “short description” firs. If it can’t find it, it will look for the next option, “description”. If this one doesn’t exist, it will use the “product title”.

This way we can make sure that mandatory fields will be present most of the time.

Install the plugin and activate its license

Download the plugin

You can find your files in 3 different ways:

  • On the “Thank You Page”, right after your payment is completed
  • In our Purchase Confirmation Email that you will receive after the transaction
  • In your account on our site. You’ll get an email with your credential once you complete your first transaction with us.

Install the plugin on your site

Log in to your site admin and click on the Plugins link in the left menu. Click on “Add New” and then on the “Upload Plugin” button

Click on the “Choose file” button and select the plugin files you’ve downloaded earlier. Click “Install now”

Click the “Activate Plugin” button.

Your new plugin is now installed and activated. You can find it in the left menu.

Now you have to activate your license.

Global Settings

From the main page of the plugin, you can control some key options:

Regenerate active feeds

You can decide to regenerate the feeds on preset intervals:

  • never
  • every hour
  • twice a day
  • daily
  • once a week

All active feeds will be automatically regenerated. This will help with keeping updated inventory on various networks where the feeds are used.

By default, all feeds will be automatically regenerated, but you have the option to turn each feed OFF.  When this happens, the feed will still be available on the original URL, but it won’t regenerate automatically.

Google Taxonomy

On Facebook feeds Google Taxonomy is optional, but it’s mandatory for Google related feeds.

There are a few ways to configure it:

Global Google Taxonomy

Select the appropriate categories from the plugin’s main page. They will be used if no other Google Taxonomy settings are found.

Google Taxonomy for Category

Edit any WooCommerce category and you’ll find an option to select a specific Google category. It will be used when no product level Google Taxonomy is found.

Google Taxonomy for Feeds

Each feed will have its own Google Taxonomy options, in case you need them.

Google Taxonomy for Products

To add more flexibility you’ll have this feature at the product level too. If some of your products belong to a particular category, different from the other products, you can configure it using our custom option.

Google Taxonomy Logic

The plugin will use the taxonomy data in this order:

  • product
  • category
  • feed
  • global

So if no information is found on the product level, it will look for it on the category level. If there is nothing there, it will look at the feed settings. If it still can’t find it, it will use the global configuration.

Global Image

You can configure a global image that will be used when no other images are available. However, this is not a desirable situation and you should make sure there are specific images for each product.

Extra Custom Fields for Google Merchant & Google Custom Remarketing Feeds

The plugin will add additional fields on your products and categories. However, if you already have extra-information available as product attributes, you can map it to the corresponding feed field using this option. This information will be used when no other custom settings are found on the product or category level.

Category Settings

Category Options

The Plugin will add a few useful options on every WooCommerce category:

Exclude this category from the feeds – if turned ON, all the products under this category will be excluded.

Google Taxonomy – define a Google category that will be used for all the products from this category where there are no options on the product level.

Adult – it will be used if there are no options on the product level.

Shipping_label – used for Google Merchant feed.

Tax_category – used for Google Merchant feed.

Product Options & Extra Fields

Product Level Options

The Plugin will add a few useful options on every WooCommerce product:

Exclude this product from the feeds – if turned ON, the product will not be added to any feed. For variable products, all the variations will be excluded too.

Custom URL – you can add an URL that will replace the product URL. If it exists, it will be used for all the feeds.

Condition – condition is mandatory and you can select it from here.

MPN – use it to add the MPN of the product.

GTIN – use it to add the GTIN of the product.

Google Taxonomy – use it to select a Google Taxonomy for the product. If the product is variable, this value will be used for all transactions.

Carousel ad image – use it to upload an image that will replace the default product image. Feeds can be configured to use this image.

Single product ad image – use it to upload an image that will replace the default product image. Feeds can be configured to use this image.

Extra Custom Fields for Google Merchant

These fields will be used when you select a Google Merchant feed type.

You will have help link next to each field linking to the appropriate Google help page. Click on it for more details about the correct value and how it is used.

Extra Custom Fields for Google Ads Custom Feed

These fields will be used when you select a Google Custom Remarketing feed type.

You will have help link next to each field linking to the appropriate Google help page. Click on it for more details about the correct value and how it is used.

Generate Feeds

In order to generate a new feed click on the “Create new feed” orange button from the plugin’s main page. You will land on the feed’s settings page. From here you can control some key aspects of this particular feed.

Feed’s Name

Use a relevant and short name for your feed.

Feed’s Type

Select the type of your feed.

Select Language

If you use WPML, you’ll be prompted to select the language for this feed.

ID Settings

Chose between the default WordPress ID and the SKU.

IMPORTANT: your pixel/tag implementation must use the same ID logic.

Prices & Tax

Variable products prices: select what variation price to use for the variable price main item. Default is the smaller price.

Include/Exclude Tax: decide how your prices are going to be calculated.

Select tax: select what tax to apply for this feed.

Remove the currency from prices

NOTE: On Google Merchant, you can configure taxes right inside your account. This applies to US taxes only.

Filters

  • Exclude variations for variable products.
  • Show the main item for variable products.
  • Show the main grouped product item.
  • Show the main bundle product item.
  • Select what WooCommerce categories to include in this feed.
  • Select what product types to include in this feed.
  • Stock: filter products by stock.
  • Sale: filter products by sale status.

Smart Settings

Configure how many products will get the “recent-product” tag. Default is 12.

Configure how many products will get the “top-30-days” tag. Default is 12.

These tags are added under the custom_label_0 and can be used to create Product Sets.

Product Title Settings

You can add variations name in the variation title.

You can remove capital letters from product titles.

Product Description Settings

You can configure what to use for description:

  • Short description.
  • Description.
  • Product title.

The description will be filed in this exact order. If a product has the short description, it will be used. If not, the description will be used. If this is also missing, the item title will be used. To skip one of them, uncheck it.

Product Images Settings

The plugin will use images in this order:

  • Custom images – you can select between the Single product ad and Carousel ad images.
  • Your product feature image – this is the default WooCommerce image, the one visible in your store.
  • The category image – the image you can configure on a category level using the plugin’s custom field.
  • The global image – the image you can upload on the plugin’s main page.

If you uncheck one of the options the plugin will skip it.

Include additional_images_link – if this option is ON, all the product gallery images will be used.

Product Condition

The condition will be filed in this order:

  • the product condition configured using the plugin’s custom fields.
  • The Smart OpenGraph plugin condition, when it exists. You can uncheck this option.
  • The condition as defined for this feed.

Brand

The plugin works with a few “brand” plugins. If they are detected and you have brand configured, it will be used.

You can define a global value for the feed to be used when the brand is missing.

GTIN

The plugin will fill GTIN in this order:

  • The value configured on the product level using the dedicated field added by the plugin.
  • The ID, SKU, or the product attribute mapped on feed level.

MPN

The plugin will fill MPN in this order:

  • The value configured on the product level using the dedicated field added by the plugin.
  • The ID, SKU, or the product attribute mapped on feed level.

Google Taxonomy

Google Taxonomy will be added in this order:

  • product taxonomy added via the custom fields.
  • category taxonomy added via the custom fields.
  • the feed taxonomy.
  • global taxonomy added on the plugin’s main page.

Custom Labels

  • custom_label_0 – is used for “smart tags”.
  • custom_label_1 – is used for product tags.
  • custom_label_2 to 4 – can be mapped to any product attribute.

You can fully control all your feeds from the plugin’s main page.

You have buttons for every specific action:

Activate/Deactivate the feed (ON/OFF) – deactivated feeds will not be auto-regenerated.

Copy Feed URL – click on it to copy the feed’s URL. This is how you will normally use the feed.

Open – click on this button if you want to open your XML feed URL. It’s useful if you need to test or check something.

Edit – this will open the feed settings.

Regenerate – it will start a feed regeneration, updating the data when you need it.

Delete – this will completely remove the feed. It’s irreversible.

Download XML – if you need to download the feed in XML format, you can do it from here.  The feed will be created when you start this operation.

Download CSV – lets you download the feed in CSV format. The feed will be created when you start this operation.