WooCommerce: Show Only 1 Category @ Shop Page

Hello WooCommerce Customizers!

Today we take a look at the WooCommerce Shop page and specifically at how to show only the category you want (and exclude all the others). Some store owners may need this, you never know the weird questions you get asked!

WooCommerce: Removing All Categories But One From the Shop Page
WooCommerce: Removing All Categories But One From the Shop Page

PHP Snippet: Only Show Products Belonging to One Category @ WooCommerce Shop Page

 * @snippet       Display Products From 1 Category @ Shop Page
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 6
 * @community     https://businessbloomer.com/club/

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'bbloomer_only_one_category_woocommerce_shop' );

function bbloomer_only_one_category_woocommerce_shop( $q ) {
   if ( ! $q->is_main_query() ) return;
   if ( ! $q->is_post_type_archive() ) return;
   if ( ! is_admin() && is_shop() ) {
      $q->set( 'tax_query', array( array(
         'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',
         'field' => 'slug',
         'terms' => array( 'black' ), // change 'black' with your cat slug/s
         'operator' => 'IN'

Result: Show Specific Category @ Shop Page

Here's the Before/After picture :)
Here’s the Before/After picture ๐Ÿ™‚

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

9 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Show Only 1 Category @ Shop Page

  1. Rodolfo,
    You had me before hello. I found your web page and signed up for the course after just scanning a few items. I knew this was the help I needed and the direction I wanted to take my business. IT is exciting to have a mentor and someone passionate about WooCommerce.

    1. Thank you Sam!

  2. Rodolfo, great tutorials, thank you!
    It will be much easier for me to exclude a category than to list all the ones I want included when on the main shop page.
    So my need is just the opposite from the code above. Do I change the operator IN/OUT? or do I need to do more?

    Thank you & regards

    1. Yes Cor, just use “NOT IN”

  3. I’m using a theme called printshop and this added to my child function file, does not work even though I changed the cat name to the correct id. — bummer!

    1. It does however, change the column spacing a little.

      Is there a way to programmatically change the shop page to dispaly the categories, but ignore the “featured” category?

      In that manner, the categories will display, and not with one on top, by itself, before the others….

      1. Hey Roberta, thanks for your comment! Probably your theme uses custom CSS that needs to be adjusted to accommodate this. Unfortunately this is custom work and I cannot provide a complementary solution here via the blog comments. Thanks a lot for your understanding! ~R

  4. Can I pass multiple slugs ????

    1. Hey Mohd thanks for your comment! Yes, try adding another slug inside the brackets ๐Ÿ™‚

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