WC External Variations

A WordPress plugin that adds basic support for external products to WooCommerce variations/variable products

Author:Impossible Dreams Network (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.7
WordPress version tested:5.6.0
Plugin version:1.0.10
Added to WordPress repository:04-06-2018
Last updated:10-12-2020
Rating, %:100
Rated by:5
Plugin URI:https://github.com/impossibledreams/wc-extern...
Total downloads:2 792
Active installs:400+
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Adds basic support for external products to WooCommerce
variations/variable products. This plugin allows you to define an external
URL on any variation and will then open that link when the user
clicks on the Add To Cart button. Because the Javascript is used for this,
any adding to cart that is done via the backend such as with APIs will not
redirect properly.

Shortcode support

This plugin provides two shortcodes that you can use within your site:
1. [wcev_product_attr] – allows you to display an product attribute, use the “name” attribute to find the right attribute.
2. [wcev_var_field] – allows you to display a custom field for a variation, use the “id” attribute to point to the right field.
3. [wcev_var_postdate] – displays the formatted post date and time for a variation, doesn’t take attributes.

External SKU and status fields

In addition to the external URL field, a second field called “External SKU” is provided for each variation. You can
set this field and then use the provided shortcode to display it. The purpose is to track the external SKU separately from the internal one.

There is now ability to specify the ‘Add to Button’ text in a specific variation. If the global setting is set, the variation-specific field will override it.


To change settings, go to WooCommerce Settings -> Products -> External Variations.
The following are available:
* Ability to change if links open in new or same window
* Ability to change if links open when the ‘Add to Cart’ button is clicked or when the variation is selected
* Ability to override the ‘Add to Cart’ button text for all external variations

More Details

Please note that this plugin has only been tested in a vanilla WordPress / WooCommerce
installation without any other plugins. If you have other plugins that modify
the functionality of the Add to Cart button, this plugin may not work or
cause unintended consequences.

Development of this plugin is done at Github

You can find this plugin at WordPress.org

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