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
 * @community     https://businessbloomer.com/club/

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 custom code?

You should place custom PHP in functions.php and custom CSS in style.css of your child theme: where to place WooCommerce customization?

This code still works, unless you report otherwise. To exclude conflicts, temporarily switch to the Storefront theme, disable all plugins except WooCommerce, and test the snippet again: WooCommerce troubleshooting 101

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

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. Follow @rmelogli

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

  1. Still working. Thanks

  2. I added this code using the Code Snippets plug in but my sold out products still show “read more.”

    1. Even if you temporarily disable all plugins but WooCommerce and switch theme?

  3. Works using ‘Snippets’ plug in. THANK YOU!!!

  4. Worked perfectly on Hello theme plus Elementor and Woocommerce. Much appreciated. Easy and perfect fix!!

  5. I searched and tried this code on several different platforms, but I couldn’t get it to work.
    The code in this content worked without any problems. Thank you!

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

    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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