Woocommerce: assign an “author” to a product

The question:

I’m developing my first theme for woocommerce.

I need to be able to have “authors” (really “designers”) assigned to woocommerce products. Is that feasible? I was thinking of using the wordpress built-in “author” user, but the interface of a product editing does not provide the “author” box, unlike a “post” editing interface.

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

Simply use add_post_type_support:

add_action('init', 'wpse_74054_add_author_woocommerce', 999 );

function wpse_74054_add_author_woocommerce() {
    add_post_type_support( 'product', 'author' );
}

User assigned with custom role

user role


Authors enabled in Products post type

woo products with author enabled


Another option, which I’m not sure of its correctness, it to hook into woocommerce_register_post_type* and register the post type first. This is a copy of the original function plus the vars needed, with author appended to the supports argument.

* /wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/woocommerce.php, line 885

add_action( 'woocommerce_register_post_type', 'wpse_74054_override_register_product_type' );
function wpse_74054_override_register_product_type()
{
    $shop_page_id = woocommerce_get_page_id('shop');
    $base_slug = ( $shop_page_id > 0 && get_page( $shop_page_id ) ) ? get_page_uri( $shop_page_id ) : 'shop';
    $product_base = ( get_option('woocommerce_prepend_shop_page_to_products') == 'yes' ) ? trailingslashit($base_slug) : trailingslashit(_x('product', 'slug', 'woocommerce'));

    register_post_type( "product",
        array(
            'labels' => array(
                    'name'                  => __( 'Products', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'singular_name'         => __( 'Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'menu_name'             => _x( 'Products', 'Admin menu name', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'add_new'               => __( 'Add Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'add_new_item'          => __( 'Add New Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'edit'                  => __( 'Edit', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'edit_item'             => __( 'Edit Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'new_item'              => __( 'New Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'view'                  => __( 'View Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'view_item'             => __( 'View Product', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'search_items'          => __( 'Search Products', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'not_found'             => __( 'No Products found', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'not_found_in_trash'    => __( 'No Products found in trash', 'woocommerce' ),
                    'parent'                => __( 'Parent Product', 'woocommerce' )
                ),
            'description'           => __( 'This is where you can add new products to your store.', 'woocommerce' ),
            'public'                => true,
            'show_ui'               => true,
            'capability_type'       => 'post',
            'capabilities' => array(
                'publish_posts'         => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'edit_posts'            => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'edit_others_posts'     => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'delete_posts'          => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'delete_others_posts'   => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'read_private_posts'    => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'edit_post'             => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'delete_post'           => 'manage_woocommerce_products',
                'read_post'             => 'manage_woocommerce_products'
            ),
            'publicly_queryable'    => true,
            'exclude_from_search'   => false,
            'hierarchical'          => false, // Hierarcal causes memory issues - WP loads all records!
            'rewrite'               => array( 'slug' => $product_base, 'with_front' => false, 'feeds' => $base_slug ),
            'query_var'             => true,
            'supports'              => array( 'title', 'editor', 'excerpt', 'thumbnail', 'comments', 'custom-fields', 'page-attributes', 'author' ),
            'has_archive'           => $base_slug,
            'show_in_nav_menus'     => true
        )
    );
}


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