WooCommerce: “Split” Cart Table With A>Z Headings

Because “split” might not be the correct term, let me explain this better.

Let’s imagine your WooCommerce cart table is sorted by A>Z (with my WooCommerce cart sorting snippet for example). If your business model and/or UX requires it, then you might need to add “a cart table heading” for each letter:

  • A
    • Item 1 Title: “AAA”
    • Item 2 Title: “ACC”
  • B
    • Item 3 Title: “BDD”
    • Item 4 Title: “BEE”

Once again, this might sound incomprehensible so you’d better look at the screenshot below. Enjoy!

Here’s the result: cart is sorted alphabetically, and each cart section is now delimited by the first cart item title letter.

PHP Snippet: Split Cart by A>Z (Display Letter Above Each Section)

Note: you also need to use https://businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-sort-cart-items-alphabetically-az/ in order to sort your cart alphabetically first.

 * @snippet       Split Cart Table Alphabetically @ WooCommerce Cart
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 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
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add_action( 'woocommerce_before_cart', 'bbloomer_split_cart_by_az', 9999 );
function bbloomer_split_cart_by_az(){
	if ( WC()->cart->is_empty() ) return;
	$i = 0;
	$split = array();
	foreach ( WC()->cart->get_cart() as $cart_item_key => $cart_item ) {
		$cart_item_title = $cart_item['data']->get_title();
		$first_letter = substr( $cart_item_title, 0, 1 );
		if ( 0 == $i || ( 0 < $i && ! in_array( $first_letter, $split ) ) ) {
			$split[$i] = $first_letter;
	wc_enqueue_js( "
		var rows = " . json_encode( $split ) . ";
      var position = 1;
			var newRow = $('<tr><th colspan="6">'+value+'</th></tr>');
      	position += key;
         newRow.insertBefore($('.woocommerce-cart-form__contents tbody tr.woocommerce-cart-form__cart-item:nth-child('+position+')'));
   " );

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

4 thoughts on “WooCommerce: “Split” Cart Table With A>Z Headings

  1. Hi, Rodolfo, your blog has helped me so many times. Your work is much appreciated!
    I’m new to php and I’d like to ask why you chose this line of code

    if ( ! is_cart() ) return;

    instead of

    if ( is_cart() ) { code here }

    . Can you explain what your line of code and “return;” do, please?

    1. I use the “return” thing because sometimes I forget the closing bracket in a long PHP IF statement. They’re absolutely equivalent.

      “Return” would basically force an early exit from the function.

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this dude!
    How would you approach to do something similar, but rather than grouping by letter grouping by category?
    So you’d see your cart such as:
    Cat 1
    Product a
    Product b
    Cat 2
    Product c
    Product d

    1. Hola Joaquin, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

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