How to edit the WooCommerce Category page [no coding required]

edit woocommerce category page

Updated 10 June, 2021

Would you like to customise the layout and design of your WooCommerce Category pages?

This tutorial shows you a really easy way that you can customise your WooCommerce Category Pages.

You don’t need any technical knowledge, and we won’t be touching any code.

What we’ll cover

Introduction

As you probably already know if you are reading this article, WooCommerce creates your category pages dynamically for you.

This means that your WooCommerce Category pages aren’t like other pages – they don’t really exist as pages.

The downside of this is that normally, you can’t change the layout of them, and every store running the WooCommerce plugin tends to look the same.

But this is no good! If you go to a big department store, the perfume section doesn’t look anything like the toy section, which in turn doesn’t look like the homeware section – and this is before you even begin to consider the difference between different stores, each with their own branding.

Making sure your WooCommerce product category pages stand out from the crowd, and, crucially, that the different product categories are distinct from one another, is hugely important for the success of your store.

The benefits of customising WooCommerce Category Pages

  • Increase Sales – creating a better designed WooCommerce Category Page will showcase your products in the best light
  • Improved Search Engine Optimisation – customising the WooCommerce Category allows you to add extra content that is relevant to your products

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Customise the WooCommerce Shop Page and Category Pages with our Premium WooCommerce Blocks.

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Creating a customised WooCommerce Category can massively improve your SEO

The default WooCommerce Category Page will also have poor SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Content is very minimal in the default Category pages, and the page will NOT be optimised for search engines. This is an opportunity for you to gain a big advantage over your competitors

Below is a screenshot of the default WooCommerce category page – the design isn’t great and SEO will be poor because the content is so thin.

normal woocommerce category page

Your WooCommerce Category pages are really important.

Here are two great quotes below on why you should create the best possible Category pages for your store.

We all like to think that customers will arrive at our store ready to purchase anything we show them. But this isn’t true. Many people arrive with a sense of desire but not complete information. Your category page, when it has additional copy, can help you close a sale.

Source: Chris Lema

32% of e-commerce sites still don’t have any kind of category pages. During testing, sites without intermediary category pages suffered greatly as many subjects made wrong selections or were unable to define an appropriate scope, leaving them with very broad categories, and often thousands of products to consider. 

Source: Baymard Institute

The good news is that there is a really simple way to edit and customise your WooCommerce Category Pages, and there are just two simple steps you need to take.

Instructions on how to edit your WooCommerce Category page

The method that I used requires no coding and only takes a few minutes.

Note: You need to be using the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg) for this to work. Make sure you DON’T have the Classic Editor plugin active as this disables the WordPress Block Editor.

In this tutorial I’ll be using the Storefront Blocks WordPress plugin.

Storefront Blocks

The picture below shows you an example of a WooCommerce Category page that has been customised using Storefront Blocks.

The huge advantage of using this method is that you have 100% customisation control over how your WooCommerce Category pages are designed, and what content you add.

customize woocommerce category page

Start your 14 day free trial of Storefront Blocks

Customise the WooCommerce Shop Page and Category Pages with our Premium WooCommerce Blocks.

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Video tutorial – how to edit the WooCommerce category page

Here’s a video tutorial that shows you the process from start to finish.

Step by step Instructions – how to create your new WooCommerce Category page and customise it

There are just two key steps you need take to create fantastic category pages to display products in a way that will make your WooCommerce store really eye-catching.

  • Step 1 – Create a new page, customise it, and publish it. Then add your products by category using the Storefront Blocks plugin. You can also use any other Gutenberg Blocks with this method.

Let’s go through each of these in detail.

Step 1

Create a brand new page, then build your page using the new Block Editor and your choice of blocks to customise it. Let your imagination run wild – you can start with a completely blank canvas, so think about what it is that makes that particular product category stand out. In the custom page above, I used two plugins: Storefront Blocks and Gutenberg Pro.

If you need additional inspiration, though, our Storefront Pro plugin also comes with a range of tried-and-tested page templates for you to work from.

In the picture below, you can see how I’ve added Storefront Blocks‘ Product Square Grid Block and selected the Category.

edit woocommerce category page

Storefront Blocks is the ultimate toolkit for building beautiful WooCommerce stores without having to mess around with any template files, WooCommerce settings, or child themes – you can create your brand new category pages directly in the block editor using blocks such as:

  • FlipBook Block – an eye-catching flipbook with descriptions
  • Masonry Category Block – displays all the items in a given category in an attractive masonry layout
  • Listing Block – great for technical info about a lot of products
  • Sales Countdown Block – great for encouraging a sense of urgency when you have sales in specific categories

…and 12 more!

Start your 14 day free trial of Storefront Blocks

Customise the WooCommerce Shop Page and Category Pages with our Premium WooCommerce Blocks.

or learn more

The beauty of this approach is that you can layout the WooCommerce Category Page any way you want. You can use the Single Product Block to show products you think best exemplify the category in question, shortcodes to add in any relevant CTAs, category images – it’s up to you!

Click here to see a live demo of the Blocks included with Storefront Blocks.

Once you have built your page then it’s time to set up the re-direct.

Step 2

Set up the re-direct to your new WooCommerce Category Page

Here we are going to re-direct the WooCommerce Category page that is generated automatically for you by WooCommerce, to your brand new super duper customised Page.

After installing Storefront Blocks go to Dashboard / Products / Categories

Then find the Category and click on edit

edit woocommerce  category

Then put the web address (url) of your new customised Category page into the Redirect Url box.

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And that’s it!

Your dynamically created WooCommerce category page will now re-direct to your new customised page.

Also all the dynamic links that WooCommerce creates (e.g Product meta information) will also send your customers to your new customised WooCommerce Category Page.

Conclusion

Being able to customise your WooCommerce Category pages lets you create a better design and make huge improvements to your SEO.

This will result in more traffic and ultimately more sales.

If you want to customise your other WooCommerce Category pages just repeat the process for each Category.

I hope you found that useful, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them below.

Frequently asked questions

How do I override a WooCommerce template?

With this method you don’t need to touch a line of code. Just install the Storefront Blocks plugin and put in the link to your new Category page in the box provided.

Can I use any Gutenberg Blocks to build my customised WooCommerce Category Page?

Yes , that’s what’s great about this method. You can design your WooCommerce Category Page in anyway you like, with as much content as you want. It’s a real opportunity to create better Category pages and increase your sales πŸ™‚

Will customising my WooCommerce Category page improve my SEO?

Yes. This is one of the major benefits of being able to customise your WooCommerce Category Pages, you can make them much more keyword rich, and much more SEO friendly.

18 thoughts on “How to edit the WooCommerce Category page [no coding required]”

    1. Hi, I’ve got two questions on this.

      By using the plugin, will it be a 301 redirect?

      And on the main menu of the website, do I link the old category-page url (which will be redirected), or the new url?

      Best regards
      Maja

    1. Hi Michael,

      Yes WooCommerce Blocks now comes with an Active Filters block πŸ™‚

      Just add this to your customized WooCommerce category page,

      good luck
      Jamie

      1. Great tutorial. One question; the active filter block displays my products in a certain category. Great! The problem is that i can not set any new filters to it. The active filter block doesnt refresh with new filters added to it. Is that even possible?

          1. Hi Jamie,
            I setup my page as follows:
            Two columns. Left column couple of woocommerce attribute filter blocks. Right column the product category block where i set the category according to the page i am on. If i adjust my filters on the left, the products on the right do not change according to the new filters being set. Nothing happens…

          2. Thanks Danny – can i just double check that you are just using WooCommerce Blocks for all this i.e not any of our plugins?

  1. Correct;) is that part of the problem?
    I think i already solved it by using standard woocommerce shortcodes instead of blocks.
    If you know another solution, please feel free to advice.

  2. Thank you for this great tutorial Jamie.
    Would you happen to know what to do when I don’t have a Redirect Url box?

    1. Jamie Marsland

      Hi Steven

      If you update to the latest version of Storefront Blocks you should see the redirect url box.

      Also maybe clear your cache to double check πŸ™‚

      kind regards,
      Jamie

  3. Hi Jamie, Great explanation very clear indeed. I use Google ads to direct to pages in the site…how does this work with redirects as the 301 will strip out any gclid data and we wont see our source etc…

  4. Thanks for your article for woo commerce the store customize it.
    it is like to your article and guide to help me. my question is here that above comments.

    I try to learn in store base website built in themify ultra for e-commerce theme for 1 shop page and home, blog, other page.

    I want to get of multiple page created to product category wise page for displaying product by category. i used of method in backend of page with classic editor and widget of product by category and select of category with put to category page. for example here my website of fashion page with put of product by category in fashion.

    But i have crated a problem here that my website of shop page and fashion page are different setting layout showing them.

    http://fast-online.great-site.net/shop/
    and
    http://fast-online.great-site.net/fashion/

    please check it and guide to me solve this problem and all pages are same setting to set them. your favourable responce to me.
    Thanks and regards.

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