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  1. David B
    David B October 28, 2017 at 20:24 | | Reply

    We completed a vehicle-related parts WooCommerce site a while back, and I thought I’d share our experience. By far the biggest challenge was mapping product “fits” to aggregate vehicle make, model, and years. The hard part is that each part may fit multiple vehicles, potentially spanning across all three criteria, but it’s key to the industry. National auto parts chains, and even Amazon, prominently display the make, model, and year selection in their UI as the customers’ suggested first step, so it is critical. We chose to stick with the established practice of having three linked selects for the three fields. We used the WooCommerce Cascade Filters plugin which stores part “fits” to post meta. We found this to be much more manageable and extensible than the use of categories. Once the site functionality was completed, we had to deal with importing all of the data for thousands of parts and the vehicles each one would fit. We created a custom plugin for a batched import of CSV data that was mapped to the WooCommerce Cascade Filters plugin.

    1. Millard Clark
      Millard Clark September 7, 2018 at 05:51 | | Reply

      Thanks David B. for the insight!!

  2. Gary
    Gary February 17, 2019 at 04:48 | | Reply

    Lovely instruction guide, however I have a bit of a problem.

    Our parts are used across multiple vehicles and appear on the parts diagram labelled as different numbered items, for example:

    Vehicle 1
    Part A is number 1 on the diagram
    Part B is number 2 on the diagram
    Part C is number 3 on the diagram

    Vehicle 2
    Part A is number 3 on the diagram
    Part B is number 1 on the diagram
    Part C is number 2 on the diagram

    Is there anyway you suggest I can do this?

    Thanks!

  3. Katie Keith
    Katie Keith February 17, 2019 at 08:28 | | Reply

    Hi Gary, yes you can do this. You need to create a custom taxonomy (instructions here) for example, you might create 3 taxonomies called Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2, and Vehicle 3.

    On the ‘Edit Product’ screen for each product (i.e. part), you would use these taxonomies to add the appropriate number for each diagram.

    You would then use the WooCommerce Product Table plugin to create a separate table listing the parts for each diagram. Include a column in the table listing the taxonomy for that diagram. This will add the correct part number for that diagram alongside each product.

    Does that make sense?

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