Several widgets are available to you when you install WooCommerce. They can be used in any available widget area. These typically include sidebars and footer widget areas.
Let’s take a look at them. Each screen shot shows what the widget settings look like on the left, and what the widget will look like on your site. These examples are using the Canvas theme and they may look slightly different, depending on what theme you are using.
This lets customers see what they have currently in their cart if they are on other pages. The option to hide the cart if empty is nice as it will save space in your sidebars.
WooCommerce Layered Nav
If you have created attributes for any of your products, this widget allows you to filter products by using them. You can see in the screenshot that I have selected the color attribute. Of course I would be able to show any attribute, for example, size, etc.
I can display them as a list or dropdown and the Query type as AND or OR:
AND – If the customer selects two of the attributes, the products that match both attributes will be shown.
OR – If they select two attributes, the products shown will match either attribute.
There is also a widget called WooCommerce Layered Nav Filters which shows active layered nav filters, so users can see or deactivate them.
You also have an option that allows you to show some specific products based on a few variables.
You can Show: All Products, Featured Products, or On-sale Products
You can Order by: Date, Price, Sales, or Random
And they can be listed in Order: DESC (descending) or ASC (ascending) order. This is determined by the dates the product pages were created and published.
WooCommerce Price Filter
There are no settings in this widget. The filter shows a customer the products in a specific price range, depending on which page they are on. It only works on archive pages, such as your shop or product category archive. Again, it will then filter out by price the products on that particular page.
WooCommerce Product Categories
This is very similar to the category widget that comes with WordPress, only this one gives the user a simple list of the products in a certain category, either as a dropdown or a list. It also allows you to limit the list to only showing the children (or sub) categories of the current category chosen.
WooCommerce Product Search
This search will only return results for your products.
WooCommerce Product Tags
This is similar to the tag cloud that you get with WordPress. It will display your most used tags for your products.
WooCommerce Recently Viewed
Your customers and users will see what products have been recently viewed by other visitors and themselves.
WooCommerce Recent Reviews
If you show reviews on your store’s site, you can display recent reviews using this widget.
If you really want to get more out of reviews on your site, check out the Pro extension.
WooCommerce Top-rated Products
This widget is only available if you have added the ability for your customers to rate your products and it will return the top-rated.
Remember, when you have sidebars on product pages, use them wisely. Take the time to consider what you are displaying there and if it compliments the product you want your customer to focus on or if it is a distraction. A lot of shop owners will choose not to have sidebars on single product pages for that very reason. Most WooThemes, and some other themes, allow you to choose a full-page template on specific pages, posts and custom post types, like product pages.
If you are considering this, you may also want to consider using the plugin WooSidebars. This allows you to create custom sidebars for specific pages and posts, as well as taxonomies, such as categories and tags. To learn more about this free plugin, visit this tutorial.