WooCommerce: Rename “Read more” To “Out of stock” @ Shop

There is an unfortunate (IMO) add to cart button naming on the WooCommerce shop page / category pages / product loops. When an item is out of stock, the “Add to cart” (or “Select options” for a variable product type) button label will turn into “Read more”.

To be honest, that doesn’t really say much to the end customer. It’s quite confusing and doesn’t make much sense.

Today, we’ll see how to change that “Read more” label into something more comprehensible: “Out of stock”. A super easy trick. Enjoy!

Simple 5, Variable 1 and Variable 2 are out of stock in this example. With the snippet below, “Read more” now shows as “Out of stock”. Much better, huh?

PHP Snippet: Rename “Read more” Button Label @ WooCommerce Shop / Category / Loop Pages

Note: take a look at the “Test” product in the screenshot above. That still shows “Read more”, so why’s that? Well, in that case the product is not out of stock, actually – it’s just not purchasable (I entered no regular price for it).

The snippet below will only act on the out of stock products. In case you wish to also include non purchasable items, you also need to run the ! $product->is_purchasable() check inside the function.

/**
 * @snippet       Read more > Out of stock @ WooCommerce Shop
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @testedwith    WooCommerce 5
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */

add_filter( 'woocommerce_product_add_to_cart_text', 'bbloomer_archive_custom_cart_button_text' );
 
function bbloomer_archive_custom_cart_button_text( $text ) {
   global $product;       
   if ( $product && ! $product->is_in_stock() ) {           
      return 'Out of stock';
   } 
   return $text;
}

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (delete "?>" if you have it there). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7.3.

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Rodolfo Melogli

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Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

3 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Rename “Read more” To “Out of stock” @ Shop

  1. Hi
    For info
    This sadly doesn’t work on Woodmart theme
    Amy

    1. Or maybe it is variable products that it doesn’t work on?

      1. It should work for out of stock variable products as well

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