Chained Products

Chained Products makes it possible to create and configure combo packs and bundles that sell well.

This even works for digital goods, in which customers are granted download access for chained products. And it allows you to manually add a combo product to an order.

Installation ↑ Back to top

  1. Download the .zip file from your WooCommerce account.
  2. Go to: WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New to upload the file you downloaded with Choose File.
  3. Activate the extension.

More information at: Installing and Managing Plugins.

Creating Chained Products ↑ Back to top

  1. Add a new product (or edit an existing one).
  2. For “Simple Products”: Look for “Chained Products” field in “Linked Products” tab under “Product data”

    Configure Chained Products for Simple Products
    Configure Chained Products for Simple Products
  3. For “Variable Products”: Look for “Chained Products” field inside each variation

    Configure Chained Products for Variations
    Configure Chained Products for Variations
  4. Start typing name of a product you want to include in this bundle
  5. Select the exact product from the suggestions displayed
  6. Add as many products as you want & also set their quantities
  7. If you would like stock of chained products to reduce when the main product is order, tick “Manage stock for chained products?”
  8. Set up price and all other details for the main product as usual
  9. Click ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ to save the changes

When customers order this product now, chained products will automatically be added to the cart & will remain in the order. The products stock will also be reduced if you opted for it.

If you opted to manage stock for chained products, customers won’t be able to order this product if any of its chained products are out of stock.

What Customers See ↑ Back to top

Chained products will be found under “Description” tab like this. You can customize Chained Products view part using it’s shortcode [chained_products].

Simple Product:

Chained Products Visible on Simple Product Shop Page
Chained Products Visible on Simple Product Shop Page



Variable Product:

Chained Products Visible on Variable Product Shop Page
Chained Products Visible on Variable Product Shop Page



In cart:



At Checkout page:


On Order Admin page:

chained-products-in-order-admin



In Order Completion E-mail:

Chained Products in Order Completed E-mail
Chained Products in Order Completed E-mail

Configuring Multiple Downloadable Products ↑ Back to top

With Chained Products, it is now possible to achieve “Multiple Downloadable Product” in WooCommerce.

Let’s take an example to understand it, suppose you have Monitors to sell that comes in different sizes. You have a common user guide for all monitors, but different warranty Terms & Condition as document to be given along with Monitors.

You’ll have to create products as follows:

  1. Create a “Simple-Downloadable” product, name it as “Monitor User Guide”, upload a file for it, say “Monitor User Guide.doc”.
  2. Create 2 different “Simple-Downloadable” product or a “Variable” product with 2 product variations, make them downloadable & upload different file for different “Warranty terms & Condition”. Note: Don’t forget to add price to these downloadable product, otherwise any one can download these product without paying. One of the great feature of Chained Product is that it will add these downloadable product as FREE when these product are associated as chained product.
  3. Create a new “Simple” or “Variable” products (or open existing product). Name it as “Monitors”. Give it a price.
  4. Locate “Chained Products” under “Linked Products” tab if it is “Simple” product or under “Variations” tab if it is “Variable” product.
  5. Search for & select downloadable product created above for User Guide & Terms & Condition. Save the changes.
    Associate UserGuide T&C to 15-inch Monitor
    Associate UserGuide T&C to 15-inch Monitor

  6. That’s it! Your “Multiple Downloadable Product” is now configured!

Now whoever will purchase “Monitors”, they will also get User Guide & Terms & Condition’s download link after “Order Completion” via E-mail.

Let’s see some screenshots taken while purchasing “Multiple Downloadable Product”:

Multi download Product Shop page
Multi download Product Shop page

Multi download Cart
Multi download Cart

Multi download Order Placed
Multi download Order Placed

Multi download Order Completed
Multi download Order Completed

Nesting or Reuse Existing Bundles ↑ Back to top

Chained Products allows you to reuse existing bundle, which reduces your effort in creating & maintaining bundles.

  1. Configure simple chained products. For example: Here Laptop SWITCH Lid-Red is a main product and we have Laptop Bag as a chained product

    Normal chained product
    Normal chained product
  2. On product shop page, Laptop SWITCH Lid-Red will look like this with it’s chained products.

    Normal chained product shop page
    Normal chained product shop page
  3. Now lets see the nesting / re-usability of chained products. For example: Here we have Dell Laptop as main product and we have Laptop SWITCH Lid-Red as chained product, now because of nesting Laptop Bag will also become chained product of Dell Laptop.

    Reusable chained product configuration
    Reusable chained product configuration
  4. On shop page we can see both Laptop SWITCH Lid-Red and Laptop Bag are chained products of Dell Laptop. The quantity of chained products is dependent on it’s main product’s quantity.

    Reusable chained product shop page
    Reusable chained product shop page

Add products to existing orders ↑ Back to top

Chained products gives you power to add / remove products to all existing and new orders.

Suppose you have good number of customers & you want to give a bonus product to those customer who’ve already purchased a specific product. And you want this product to add to their account automatically without going to each order & add those products manually. Chained Product can easily help you in this.

Currently this feature is only available for downloadable and virtual chained products.

Whenever a new downloadable product is chained / unchained to existing main product, you’ll get an option to update existing order with respect to that chained products

If new product is chained to existing one, then download access of this new downloadable product will be given to every customer who had purchased the main product.

Similarly if a product is removed from existing chained products, then download access of old downloadable product will be revoked from every customer.


Shortcode ↑ Back to top

You can use shortcode [chained_products] to display chained products on product page. You can insert shortcode either in Product Description or in Product Short Description.

You can customize display of chained products using shortcode attributes:

Attributes Values Default Description
price yes / no yes show / hide prices of chained products
quantity yes / no yes show / hide quantities of chained products
style grid / list grid Display chained products in Grid view / List view
css_class any custom class You can add your custom CSS classes here. It’ll be applicable on container which holds chained products. You can add CSS properties to your custom class in your theme

Valid shortcode examples:

  1. [chained_products]
    [chained_products]

  2. [chained_products price=”no”]
    [chained_products price="no"]

  3. [chained_products price=”yes” quantity=”no” style=”grid”]
    [chained_products price="yes" quantity="no" style="grid"]

  4. [chained_products style=”list”]
    [chained_products style="list"]

  5. [chained_products price=”no” quantity=”yes” style=”list”]
    [chained_products price="no" quantity="yes" style="list"]

  6. [chained_products price=”yes” quantity=”no” style=”list”]
    [chained_products quantity="no" style="list"]


Translation ↑ Back to top

It is possible to translate Chained Products in your language. There are various methods to translate a plugin. If those methods are not working, you can try following steps, as these steps are tested:

  1. Check wp-config.php file, whether WP_LANG_DIR is already defined. If not, add following line in your wp-config.php file
    define ('WP_LANG_DIR', '/home/<user>/public_html/<wordpress_directory>/wp-content/languages');
  2. Now go to this path: /home/<user>/public_html/<wordpress_directory>/wp-content/languages
  3. Create a new directory & name it as woocommerce-chained-products
  4. Install & activate a free WordPress plugin – Loco Translate
  5. Navigate to Loco Translate > Manage translations from sidebar admin menu
  6. Locate WooCommerce Chained Products under Plugins
  7. Check if a language file for your language already exists. If it exists, click to edit OR if it doesn’t exist, click New language to add translation for your language
  8. Select your language from dropdown menu & click Start translating
  9. You’ll see 2 column: left containing texts from the plugin. Select one of them & add translated text for this from below. Repeat the steps for other texts also
  10. Once done, Save it using Save button. If sufficient permissions for saving are not there, download PO & MO file
  11. Upload these files to /home/<user>/public_html/<wordpress_directory>/wp-content/languages/woocommerce-chained-products
  12. Make sure these files have proper read permission, otherwise texts will not be translated
  13. You can also place these PO & MO file inside languages directory of the plugin, but it is not recommended, as you’ll loose it when you’ll update the plugin
  14. That’s it. Now Chained Products should display your texts.

Additional Settings ↑ Back to top

1. Show / hide price of chained items ↑ Back to top

Method 1: Changing via Database

Option name: sa_show_chained_item_price
Default: no

When sa_show_chained_item_price is set to yes, chained item’s price will be shown as 0.00, otherwise chained item’s price will not be shown

Note: To modify these values you can add or update a row in options table with option_name as sa_show_chained_item_price & option_value as yes / no

Method 2: Changing via Custom Code

From Chained Products version 2.4 onward, you can use filter sa_cp_show_chained_item_price to override this option.

2. Show / hide chained items from cart, cart widget, checkout & order ↑ Back to top

Method 1: Changing via Database

Option name: sa_show_chained_items_to_customer
Default: yes

When sa_show_chained_items_to_customer is set to no, chained items will not be visible in cart, cart widget, checkout & order, otherwise it’ll always be shown.

This feature will be helpful when your store is selling an assembled item & you’ll have to maintain inventory of parts which are used in that assembled item. Your customer is only concerned about final assembled item, so you may not want to show them parts used, in cart, cart widget, checkout & order.

Method 2: Changing via Custom Code

From Chained Products version 2.4 onward, you can use filter sa_cp_show_chained_items to override this option.


Frequently Asked Questions ↑ Back to top

1. How do I add many downloadable files to a single product? ↑ Back to top

Create many simple downloadable products, associate a downloadable file with each. Now create a new product and “chain” all downloadable products you want to the new product. Also you can refer Configuring Multiple Downloadable Products

2. What type of product can be bundled together? ↑ Back to top

You can bundle simple products (including downloadables) and product variations.

Products can be chained only to “Simple” or “Variable” products. You can add as many simple / variation products to it as you want.

3. What type of combinations are possible with this tool? ↑ Back to top

  • You can bundle many simple products with one main simple/variable product
  • You can bundle many variation products with one main simple/variable product
  • You can bundle many simple products and many variation products with one main simple/variable products.

4. How is the price determined? Where do I enter the special price for the bundle? ↑ Back to top

The price you specify for the main product is what the customer pays. If you specified a special price for the main product, then that’s what people will pay. Prices of chained products does not matter and will be set to zero in the final order.

5. Is this compatible with WooCommerce Subscriptions? ↑ Back to top

Yes, WooCommerce Subscriptions and Chained Products are compatible.

6. Which other plugins are compatible with Chained Products? ↑ Back to top

Currently, WooCommerce Subscriptions, WooCommerce Give Products, WooCommerce Product Bundle, WooCommerce Composite Product and WooCommerce Mix & Match Product are compatible with Chained Products.

7. When product having chained items are in cart, shipping option not coming? ↑ Back to top

Check weight and/or dimensions of chained child items & chained parent items. Check if it is as per Shipping method’s standard.

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