How do you access the Product Short Description in a WooCommerce email template?

The question:

I would like to output the Product Short Description beneath the product name inside the order items table inside WooCommerce emails. I think I know where to place code inside the email template file, but I don’t know how to access the description of an item. I don’t see any mechanism to retrieve it. What do I need to do to echo out the field?

Thanks in advance!

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

I finally tried using var_dump() on $item and $_product, which are both used in the email-order-items.php template. $_product revealed a post object, which itself has a post_excerpt property, which looks like it holds the contents of the “Product Short Description” from the WooCommerce product form.

So, to add the description beneath the item name, I added this to my code:

echo '<br/>' . $_product->post->post_excerpt;

Voilà! The short description appears in the email!

Hope this helps someone else! Took me a couple hours of frustration to get it.

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