NOTES: Woocommerce & Genesis


  1. Upload the entire genesis-connect-woocommerce folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. DO NOT change the name of the genesis-connect-woocommerce folder
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. That’s it. Navigate to your shop pages and you should see the new templates in action.

Note: You must have a Genesis child theme activated before installing and activating this plugin.

This plugin replaces WooCommerce’s built-in shop templates with its own Genesis-ready versions, specifically the single-product.php, archive-product.php and taxonomy.php templates needed to display the single product page, the main shop page, and Product Category and Product Tag archive pages.

To allow easy customization of these templates, and ensure that you do not lose your customizations when the plugin is updated, you can place your own copies of these templates in your child theme’s ‘woocommerce’ folder and customize these copies as much as you like. You can also create your own taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php and taxonomy-{taxonomy}-{term}.php templates in the same location and this plugin will find them and use them to display your shop’s Product Category and Product Tag archives. See the Template Hierarchy to learn more about naming requirements for taxonomy templates.

Additionally, the plugin makes Genesis Simple Sidebars and Genesis Simple Menus compatible with WooCommerce.

This version is compatible with WooCommerce 3.3+

For more technically minded users, this is what the plugin does:

Unhooks the WooCommerce template loader function
Adds its own template loader function to control the templates used by the single product, archive product and Product Category and Product Tag (taxonomy) archive pages.
Adds Genesis Layouts and SEO support to the WooCommerce Product custom post type
Provides three Genesis-ready templates to display the shop pages, located in the plugin’s templates folder:
These templates use WooCommerce core functions to display the shop loops which:
unhook WooCommerce’s built-in breadcrumbs
unhook the Genesis Loop and replace it with the relevant WooCommerce shop loop
remove WooCommerce’s #container and #content divs, which are not required or wanted by Genesis
The shop loop function in each template is heavily based on its WooCommerce counterpart, but has been modified to accommodate certain Genesis features such as the Taxonomy term headings and descriptions feature.
The templates contain the genesis(); function and therefore are fully customisable using Genesis hooks and filters.
The template loader allows users to use their own templates in the child theme’s ‘woocommerce’ folder. These user templates, if they exist in the child theme’s `woocommerce’ folder, will be loaded in place of the supplied Genesis Connect for WooCommerce templates
Using appropriate filters, modifies the Genesis breadcrumbs output to mimic the breadcrumb structure provided by WooCommerce’s built-in breadcrumbs.
By default, the Genesis breadcrumbs do not provide the same breadcrumb structure as those built-in to WooCommerce. Genesis Connect for WooCommerce modifies the normal Genesis Breadcrumbs output on shop pages to mimic the structure of those built-in to WooCommerce.

Note that the templates provided in this plugin automatically unhook WooCommerce’s built-in breadcrumbs via this code in each template:
remove_action( ‘woocommerce_before_main_content’, ‘woocommerce_breadcrumb’, 20 );

This plugin provides some filters which may be useful for developers.

Located in gencwooc_single_product_loop() in templates/single-product.php.
The filter callback function should return a query object or false.

Located in gencwooc_get_archive_crumb_filter() in lib/breadcrumb.php.
Allows further modification of the single product page breadcrumbs.

Located in gencwooc_get_single_crumb() in lib/breadcrumb.php.
Allows further modification of the product archive (shop page) breadcrumbs.

For the benefit of theme developers and customizers, here is a summary of possible scenarios for dealing with WooCommerce CSS:

Case 1: If the WooCommerce > General settings > Enable WooCommerce CSS option is checked, the default stylesheet supplied with WooCommerce will be loaded (see wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/assets/css/woocommerce.css).

Case 2: If WooCommerce > General settings > Enable WooCommerce CSS option is unchecked, no stylesheet is loaded.

Case 3: If the user (or theme developer) sets define( ‘WOOCOMMERCE_USE_CSS’, true ); in the child theme functions.php the options setting is ignored and the default WooCommerce stylesheet is loaded, ie has same effect as checking the settings box.

Case 4: If the user (or theme developer) sets define( ‘WOOCOMMERCE_USE_CSS’, false ); in the child theme functions.php the options setting is ignored and NO stylesheet is loaded, ie has same effect as unchecking the settings box. Note: the value of WOOCOMMERCE_USE_CSS always takes precedence over the WooCommerce Settings page option!

If either Case 1 or Case 3 applies, if themes/my-child-theme/woocommerce/styles.css exists it will be loaded in place of the default woocommerce stylesheet (plugins/woocommerce/assets/css/woocommerce.css).

If either Case 2 or 4 applies, as no built-in stylesheet is loaded, all WooCommerce CSS styles need to be added to the theme’s main style.css stylesheet

Note for Genesis child theme developers: For new themes, theme developers can use define( ‘WOOCOMMERCE_USE_CSS’, false ); and place all WooCommerce styles in the theme’s main stylesheet, or do nothing and let the user handle this via Case 1 or 3.
The above information is based on WooCommerce 1.4.4


Can I customize the Genesis Connect for Woocommerce templates?

It’s not recommended to customize the plugin’s templates because, if you do, you will lose any customizations the next time the plugin is updated. Instead, take copies of the plugin’s single-product.php, archive-product.php and taxonomy.php files, and place these copies in a folder called woocommerce in the root of your child theme’s main folder, like this: wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/woocommerce/

Make sure you keep the same file names!

While the templates provided with this plugin will be kept up to date with any future changes to WooCommerce, please bear in mind that, if you create your own custom Genesis Connect for WooCommerce templates, it is your responsibility to enure that any code you add to your custom templates is compatible with WooCommerce.

The plugin’s templates provide a great starting point for your own customizations and can be found in the plugin’s templates folder.