Discontinued Products option under Inventory > Stock Status
Out of Stock option usually means temporarily out of stock. It could be a case when product has been discontinued and of stock forever. You may want to keep the product page alive (for SEO or other purpose) but you do not want to confuse shoppers and give them hope that out of stock product will be back.
p5 cure commented
Now using Advanced Stock Options for WooCommerce (an officially approved extension by WooCommerce team), you have multiple options to manage and automate your discontinued products, using badges, displaying message on single product page OR with custom stock status.
Here is link to the official product page;
Katie Keith commented
We have just released a plugin called WooCommerce Discontinued Products which keeps products alive for SEO reasons while allowing you to discontinue them, display clear information to customers, and manage them separately from other stock statuses - https://barn2.com/wordpress-plugins/woocommerce-discontinued-products. I hope this is useful to you all.
We current do it by changing the post_type from product to discontinued. If some of the voters / users understand this - must try!
Plugin to use: Post Type Switcher.
Please add this feature, it is vital for businesses with SEO on the pages with discontinued items. Even better, add sub-option to specify related substitute sku for the discontinued sku!
Faustine Tan commented
Yea, I need this Discontinued status added to Woocommerce core as well. Its annoying sometimes that my retail shop side gave me some product list with duplicate product name with possibly wrong sku. With serialized Item number --- for checking imports I prefer to retain the Dup Product.
Will prefer to use Discontinued then hide this product from Customer's view.
Adam G commented
I'd like to see discontinued added to stock status too.
Currently, I put stock to zero, unpublish the product (if it's a simple product) and prepend the word "Discontinued" to the product name.
Scott Weiss commented
Will marking this as Discontinued, remove the Variation from the dropdown on the single product field? I'd rather just have it removed than saying discontinued. Is there a filter that would allow me to remove it from that dropdown?
I have just finished a plugin for making products discontinued. It adds a stock status right in the dropdown where "In stock", "Out of stock", and "On backorder" are now. With this plugin, you get a 4th option -- "Discontinued"
It's in the WordPress plugin repo: https://wordpress.org/plugins/woodiscontinued/
Has this been implemented?
Yes please! I have a winery client where we'd like to keep a separate page of the 'discontinued' library wines.
Marijn Kortstra commented
Yes PLEASE. I was planning on migrating to woo commerce but I really need to have both out of stock and discontinued statuses as I want to keep out of stock items available for search index. Even though an item is discontinued I still get a lot of traffic from those pages which often leads to customers purchasing other similar items.
Another vote for this one!
Extremely good idea to have Discontinued
We could really do with this, I have been checking back to see if it's there yet for a good year now as it's quite crucial for a variety of stores we run. Instead I have had to map some custom meta to various templates to achieve the effect.
"Coming Soon" would also be helpful as an inventory status.
At least 5 of my clients would really benefit from this option. 'Discontinued' and 'Out of Stock' are functionally different for store managers and having discontinued products clutter the Stock report makes it confusing.
Im for this