Dean Williams

Change sorting options in WooCommerce

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WooCommerce is a great plugin for WordPress, enabling you to turn a standard WordPress install into a fully functional eCommerce shop.

However I found there is no options to modify the default sorting options provided in WooCommerce categories, however after some digging I found that you can easily remove options from WooCommerce with some simple code which you can add to your themes functions.php:


Remove Sorting Options

// Modify the default WooCommerce orderby dropdown
// Options: menu_order, popularity, rating, date, price, price-desc
function my_woocommerce_catalog_orderby( $orderby ) {
return $orderby;
add_filter( "woocommerce_catalog_orderby", "my_woocommerce_catalog_orderby", 20 );

the code above includes ability to remove all options, so edit it so that it only removes the options you need to remove. Here is a key to clarify what each option is for:

price - Sort by price: low to high

price-desc - Sort by price: high to low

date - Sort by newness

rating - Sort by average rating

popularity - Sort by popularity

menu_order - Sort by Default sorting


Add New Sorting Options

Even more exciting is the ability to add your own sorting options, the example below shows how to add a new option to sort products alphabetically:

//Add Alphabetical sorting option
function my_alphabetical_woocommerce_ordering( $sort_args ) {
$orderby_value = isset( $_GET['orderby'] ) ? woocommerce_clean( $_GET['orderby'] ) : apply_filters( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby', get_option( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby' ) );
if ( 'alphabetical' == $orderby_value ) {
$sort_args['orderby'] = 'title';
$sort_args['order'] = 'asc';
$sort_args['meta_key'] = '';
return $sort_args;
add_filter( 'woocommerce_get_catalog_ordering_args', 'my_alphabetical_woocommerce_ordering' );
function my_custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby( $sortby ) {
$sortby['alphabetical'] = 'Sort by name: alphabetical';
return $sortby;
//add option to dropdown
add_filter( 'woocommerce_catalog_orderby', 'my_custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby' );
//add options to admin panel
add_filter( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby_options', 'my_custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby' );

There you have it! An easy way to modify the sorting options of WooCommerce.

Author: Dean Williams

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