search by SKU
I mean...why wouldnt we be able to search and sort products by SKU? some clients have sites with thousands of products with parts and part numbers and SKU - so I just dont know how something like this would be overlooked. Im pretty sure i speak for most, but woocommerce should definitely have the ability to search by SKU number especially since its data thats available. you gotta take the cleitns with products that are replacement parts that need to be found by SKU
Adding a SKU search on the frontend is an interesting idea but not all store owners will want to, or need to, have customer facing SKUs, and in some use cases customers won’t know the SKU to even be able to search by this. It should be noted that adding extra search parameters can impact search performance.
SKU is intended to be a stock keeping unit. Some of the feedback indicated that SKU was being used for things such as manufacturer part numbers. Whilst this can work, there is a risk of these not being unique between manufacturers which will cause other problems on your store. SKU and part number is not necessarily the same.
The good news is, adding a SKU search yourself when it’s needed is pretty straightforward as several plugins can improve the search in WordPress.
One good option is SearchWP:
This is very easy to setup and you can add more fields in addition to SKUs if you need extra flexibility.
Other options include https://www.relevanssi.com/ and other free plugins on WordPress.org.
Because of the reasons above, and ease of adding a SKU search yourself if needed, we won’t be added a frontend SKU search to core itself at this time.
I think searching by Sku is very important to both client and site owner, it is the most accurate way you can search for a product. This demonstrates a lack of understanding for those that have sites with products. Leaving this out of a product website is like driving a car with out seats.
It seems that there hasn't been enough support to keep the Sku option supported bad mistake people.
Adam Philpott commented
its included in some themes like flatsome
Luke Cavanagh commented
Is is easy to index the _sku custom field using Relevanssi.
It should be added for sure!
I have 30 plugins now because this small features are not added and my page speed is not that good.
this is a small plugin that adds the ability to search by sku
There is a WP search plugin that does this, but it should be included with WooCommerce considering how useful it is.