It's Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving and three days before Black Friday when stores all over the US both online and brick and mortar stores have massive sales. If you're a store owner you've most likely been planning promotions for weeks. One of the logistical issues that a new store owner might run into is how you're going to schedule sales ahead of time so that you don't have to wake up at 4am to change all of your prices.
Here it is Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching. I want to run a sale. But I can't do it in advance without starting the sale the day I set it up. So instead of a 3 day sale, I have to run a week or a two week sale (I'm going to be gone over Thanksgiving!) which basically defeats the whole idea of a Black Friday Cyber Monday sale.
I received this feedback from a customer and thought it was worth highlighting one of those little features in WooCommerce that make it truly awesome.
Scheduling a Sale with a Simple Product
This only takes a couple extra clicks and if you're the curious type you'll probably have discovered the setting all on your own. For those of you that missed it I'll break it down.
- In the WordPress admin go to Products and then click on one of your products. (For simplicity sake I recommend you start with a simple product)
- Scroll down to the Product Data tab and right next to the Sale Price click on the Schedule link
- Once you click the Schedule link two new fields will popup. The start date and end date.
- Go ahead and enter your dates
- Don't forget to press the Update button and then view your product on the front end.
If you're within the sale dates you'll see the discounted sale on the front end.
How the Sale Date Works
The sale date is based on the time you have set for your site. That means that if someone is shopping in Bangkok which is 14 hours ahead of where I am (Denver) and it's still Thursday evening my time they won't see the sale.
You can check the time zone set for your site under Settings > General > Timezone.
Now you can set up your sales ahead of time and sleep in on Black Friday or go shopping yourself! 🙂
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