How to turn your store into Product Catalog using ELEX WooCommerce Catalog mode, Wholesale and Role-Based Pricing plugin?

This article intends to explain how to turn your WooCommerce store into catalog mode with our ELEX WooCommerce Catalog mode, Wholesale and Role-Based Pricing plugin. Refer the product page to know more about other various features of the plugin.

For the uninitiated, a “catalog mode” is an archive of products, that a customer can purchase from your store. In this mode, customers may not be able to buy any products from the store directly. The product prices and/or Add-to-Cart button are hidden. Rather, in most of the cases, the customers are directed to contact the vendor for the purchase.

Turning an online store into catalog mode is one of the frequent requirements we come across in an eCommerce business. In WooCommerce, this process can be easily achieved with our ELEX WooCommerce Catalog mode, Wholesale and Role-Based Pricing plugin. The plugin is tailored for all kinds of catalog mode situations.
With this plugin, the catalog mode can be achieved in three different ways:

  1. WooCommerce One Click catalog mode.
  2. WooCommerce Role-based catalog mode.
  3. WooCommerce Catalog mode for a specific product, based on User Roles.

Turning WooCommerce store into Catalog mode:

Consider we have a WooCommerce store and have three products as shown in the screenshot below.

WooCommerce Catalog Mode | Available products

Available products

Let’s apply each type of catalog mode to better understand them.

1. WooCommerce One Click Catalog Mode

If you wish to turn your whole store into catalog mode, regardless of user roles or products, then this option is suitable for you. As the name suggests, you can turn your store into catalog mode in just a single click.

Go to WooCommerce > Pricing & Discount > Catalog Mode section.

Or, you can also find the settings at – WooCommerce > Settings > Pricing and Discount > Catalog Mode.

The settings are as shown in the screenshot below.

WooCommerce Catalog Mode | Catalog Mode settings

Catalog Mode settings

Tick the checkbox to enable the One Click Catalog Mode. Remember, this will override all other role-based settings for product price and Add to Cart button visibility.
Once the setting is saved, your store will look as shown in the below screenshot.

WooCommerce Catalog Mode | One Click Catalog Mode

One Click Catalog Mode

Easy right?

2. WooCommerce Role-Based Catalog Mode

Role-based settings have greater flexibility in terms of catalog mode, as well as price adjustments. You can choose to remove only the Add-to-Cart button, replace the Add-to-Cart button, or hide product prices, all based on user roles. The Hide Price option also hides the Add-to-Cart button by default, which results in catalog mode functionality.

To configure this, go to WooCommerce > Pricing & Discounts > Role Based Pricing. 

In the Hide Price setting under User Role Specific Options, select Customer user role, and give an appropriate placeholder text, as shown in below screenshot.

WooCommerce Role-Based | Hide Price Setting

Hide Price Setting

When a customer logs in to the store, the shop page will look as shown in below screenshot.

WooCommerce Role-Based | Catalog Mode for Customer

Catalog Mode for Customer

Similar settings are available for unregistered users in the Unregistered User section.

3. WooCommerce Catalog mode for a specific product, based on User Roles

In addition to setting role-based catalog mode and price adjustments, the plugin provides handy options at product level as well. You can remove the Add-to-Cart button, hide product price or hide product itself.

These settings are available in every product edit page. In the product data meta-box, a new section can be seen titled Role Based Pricing, as shown in the screenshot below.

WooCommerce Role-Based | Hide Price setting at Product level

Hide Price setting at the Product level

You can configure settings for unregistered users, as well as for desired user role(s).

For our demonstration, let us select Contributor user role in the Hide Price settings. This means, product price and Add-to-Cart button of the respective product will be hidden for contributors, as shown in the screenshot below.

WooCommerce Role-Based | Hide Price for a Product

Hide Price for a Product

Hence, in this way, you can achieve catalog mode functionality in your WooCommerce store.

 


To explore more details about the plugins, go check out ELEX WooCommerce Catalog Mode, Wholesale & Role Based Pricing plugin.

Read the product setting up article to understand the plugin, in detail. Or check out the product documentation section for more related articles.

You can also check out other WooCommerce and WordPress plugins in ELEX.

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