WooCommerce: Switch Shop Columns Responsively

Ok, I may need an English language refresher… But the point I was trying to make was that yes, there is a way to switch the number of columns in the WooCommerce shop page, however that’s static.

What if I wanted to show 5 columns of products on large desktops, 4 columns on desktops, 3 on tablets and 2 on smaller devices? Well, this “dynamic” behavior is – this time around – managed by CSS. Let’s see how it’s done!

In this example, my default 3-columns layout switches to 5 columns of WooCommerce products on large devices (see second snippet below)

Important note

Below CSS is purely based on the default number of columns you have set in your “Customizer” settings, and also can vary in case your theme changes the HTML output for WooCommerce product archives (especially classes, IDs). This means the below CSS may not work in certain cases, and for certain themes, and may need to be customized to make it work.

In my setup, I have 3 columns by default, and the theme I used for testing was TwentyTwenty-Two, so the CSS selector is: .woocommerce ul.products.columns-3

CSS Snippet: Show 2 Columns of Products On Mobile @ WooCommerce Shop

In this case, it’s width: 48% that defines how many columns of products there will be (exactly 2, with 1% margin on both sides). The @media query, besides, defines the target device screen size.

/**
 * @snippet       2 Cols Layout @ WooCommerce Shop
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 6
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */

@media (max-width: 767px) {
	
	.woocommerce ul.products.columns-3 {
		display: flex;
		flex-wrap: wrap;
		justify-content: space-between;
	}
	
	.woocommerce ul.products.columns-3 li.product {
		width: 48%;
		margin-right: 0;
		float: none;
	}
	
}

CSS Snippet: Show 5 Columns of Products On Large Monitors @ WooCommerce Shop

In this case, it’s width: 19% that defines how many columns of products there will be (exactly 5, with 0.5% margin on both sides).

/**
 * @snippet       5 Cols Layout @ WooCommerce Shop
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 6
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */

@media (min-width: 1200px) {
	
	.woocommerce ul.products.columns-3 {
		display: flex;
		flex-wrap: wrap;
		justify-content: space-between;
	}
	
	.woocommerce ul.products.columns-3 li.product {
		width: 19%;
		margin-right: 0;
		float: none;
	}
	
}

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

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.

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