Searching for the best way to edit the WooCommerce checkout page? 🤔
Learning how to customize the WooCommerce checkout page allows you more control over its design and increases the potential for more sales.
🧑🏫 In this detailed tutorial, we’ll show you three code-free ways to customize the checkout page, including fully adjusting the design and/or changing the fields that appear on the checkout page.
We’ll also go over all of the built-in features that WooCommerce offers to customize the checkout experience.
Let’s get started…
Reasons to edit the WooCommerce checkout page
Is there a glaring reason to modify the WooCommerce checkout page to begin with? That depends. The built-in checkout module is clean, functional, and quick enough to process payments without annoying your customers.
But you may also notice its downsides. Here are the main reasons you might want to edit the WooCommerce checkout page:
- To replace the default WooCommerce branding elements like their preset fonts, styles, and the WooCommerce purple.
- To add web items that relate to your business, like a logo, brand colors, and links to support documentation.
- If optimizing the checkout for conversions is required after testing.
- To speed up the checkout process by converting it into one step.
- To incorporate upsells, cross-sells, and related products.
- For adding custom fields or removing some fields provided by WooCommerce.
- To modify shipping options.
- For changing design elements like button text, preset field text, and guest checkout options.
How to edit WooCommerce checkout page
You have several options available to edit the WooCommerce checkout page. The method that works best for you will depend on the specific edits that you’re trying to make and whether or not you’re open to using a plugin.
Below, we’ll go over three of the best methods:
- Native WooCommerce settings – WooCommerce includes a lot of built-in options for customizing the checkout, which we’ll detail in the first method. Your theme might also offer its own options to customize the checkout page design.
- Elementor Pro– Elementor Pro now offers its own checkout widget that lets you fully customize the design of the checkout page. This is a great option if you specifically want to edit the design of the page.
- Checkout Field Editor– this is a great option if you want to edit the form fields that appear on the checkout page. You can use it to add new fields, remove default fields, and rearrange everything as needed.
Let’s go through them.. 👇
Method 1: Use the default WooCommerce checkout settings
WooCommerce offers built-in settings to edit your checkout module, and your WordPress theme may already provide tools for adjusting some fields and checkout settings in the WordPress Customizer.
It’s always wise to check these settings before looking for an additional plugin, theme, or field customizer, since you may already have the features you need.
👉 For instance, WooCommerce has tools for removing certain fields, enabling tax rates during checkout, and showing coupon fields.
Step 1: Add tax calculations and a coupon field on checkout
WooCommerce has built-in settings to automate tax calculations and accept coupons at checkout.
To toggle either on/off, go to WooCommerce > Settings on WordPress.
Choose the General tab, and scroll down to the Enable Taxes section. Check the box to Enable Tax Rates and Calculations during checkout. This generates and displays tax fees based on the rates you configure in WooCommerce (WooCommerce > Settings > Tax > Standard Rates).
Check the box to Enable The Use of Coupon Codes to show a field where customers can type in discount codes.
If you’d rather not show certain elements, simply remove the checkboxes. Make sure to click the Save button to see your changes on the frontend.
Step 2: Display product pricing with or without tax
It’s one thing to calculate taxes at the end of the checkout, but you must also decide if you’d like to include tax in the overall cost of products, especially as customers move through checkout.
In general, this shows more transparency, instead of increasing the price with tax right before the customer pays.
To include tax with pricing in the checkout process, go to WooCommerce > Settings > Tax.
Scroll down on the page to find the field to “Display prices during cart and checkout.”
Pick from the dropdown:
- Including tax
- Excluding tax
Click Save Changes.
Step 3: Set what shipping items show on the checkout
Also, under WooCommerce > Settings, you’re able to mark which shipping zone, methods, and calculations appear in the WooCommerce checkout.
Simply go to the Shipping tab and adjust:
- Calculations: to enable the shipping calculator on the cart page
- Calculations: to hide shipping costs in checkout until an address is inserted
- Shipping destination: to set default shipping addresses in checkout
Click Save Changes.
Step 4: Manage accounts and privacy on the checkout
While remaining under WooCommerce > Settings, go to the Accounts & Privacy tab.
At the top of the page, you’ll see two fields:
- Guest checkout: include/remove guest checkouts and existing account log ins
- Account creation: allow customers to create an account or start a subscription during the checkout
Step 5: Choose the actual checkout page and other advanced settings
Navigate to the Advanced tab to reveal a Page Setup section; this prompts merchants to tell WooCommerce where to send customers as they check out.
By default, WooCommerce generates Cart, Checkout, My Account, and Terms and Conditions pages, which you can find by going to Pages > All Pages on WordPress.
However, you have the option to generate an entirely new page and link it here. That overrides the default checkout pages and sends customers to the custom ones.
Another option in the Advanced tab is to Force Secure Checkout, which requires an SSL certificate.
Step 6: Change your theme’s checkout design in the WordPress Customizer
WordPress themes with WooCommerce functionality often install WordPress Customizer tools to easily adjust your checkout styling.
Keep in mind that all WooCommerce themes offer unique WordPress Customizer settings (some don’t have any settings at all), but overall, it’s worth checking the WordPress Customizer for quick control over the checkout.
To begin, go to Appearance > Customize on WordPress.
If available, your theme should display a WooCommerce button somewhere in the WordPress Customizer. Click on that.
This is just an example with the Storefront theme (so you may not see the same thing), but it’s rather common for themes to have a Checkout tab in the Customizer. Choose that, or something similar, that may indicate control over the checkout.
Walk through all the checkout settings offered by your theme. In the Storefront theme, you can make these fields optional, required, or hidden:
- Company name field
- Address line 2 field
- Phone field
It’s also possible to highlight required fields with an asterisk.
Method 2: Use a page builder to edit WooCommerce checkout fields and the overall style
Page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Themify all offer WooCommerce content widgets to override what’s currently on the WooCommerce checkout page.
Page builders almost exclusively reserve their WooCommerce checkout modules for their Premium plans, so there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay for this functionality. For example, you receive the Elementor Checkout widget with the Pro plan.
Having said that, a page builder gives you almost complete control over your checkout page, so it’s an easy way to edit WooCommerce checkout without coding knowledge, and only for around $50 to $100 per year.
👉 In this tutorial, we’ll show you how checkout customization generally works with a page builder, using Elementor.
Step 1: Open the designated Checkout Page in Elementor
To edit WooCommerce checkout in Elementor, you must go to the Checkout page automatically created by WooCommerce. Find that under Pages > All Pages.
Open the page labeled “Checkout Page,” then click on Edit with Elementor.
Step 2: Remove the WooCommerce checkout shortcode
WooCommerce has automatically added its “WooCommerce checkout” shortcode into the editor, which renders the default WooCommerce checkout module.
The goal is to swap that out for a checkout module from your page builder. So, delete the WooCommerce checkout shortcode.
Step 3: Drop in the Elementor Checkout widget
Now it’s time to find your page builder’s checkout widget. Elementor offers one called Checkout, which you can find using the search bar or by browsing under the WooCommerce heading. Click and drag the Checkout widget onto the blank page, where it says, “Drag Widget Here.”
Note: You may not see the Checkout widget if you haven’t upgraded to the Premium version of Elementor. This is the case for most page builders.
Step 4: Customize the content, style, and advanced features
After dragging over the checkout widget, Elementor renders the checkout preview. You can then click on these tabs to the left to customize every aspect of the checkout:
As an example, you could switch the General Layout to one column and adjust the placeholder text for the first name field.
Other customization tabs include:
- Billing Details
- Additional Information
- Your Order
There are also endless ways to edit WooCommerce checkout under the Style tab.
Use these tabs:
- Order Summary
- Purchase Button
As an example, we switched out the blue Purchase button for a green one.
Finally, the Advanced tab offers even more powerful tools to edit:
- Motion Effects
- Custom CSS
As long as you stick with the page previously set as “Checkout Page” for WooCommerce, and swap out the WooCommerce checkout shortcode for the page builder checkout widget, you can save changes and complete the process!
Method 3: Install a customizer plugin to edit fields
Many WooCommerce checkout customizer plugins exist, such as:
Most WooCommerce checkout plugins provide additional customization tools to modify and add fields, but there are a few to completely revamp the design, like the Multi-step Checkout plugin.
⌛ We suggest you look into all the recommended plugins above, but we’ll go through a quick tutorial with the Checkout Field Editor plugin to help you understand how to edit WooCommerce checkout with a plugin.
Step 1: Install and activate the Checkout Field Editor plugin
Install the Checkout Field Editor plugin, then walk through the process of activating the plugin.
Once active, the plugin adds a new tab on WordPress, which you can access by going to WooCommerce > Checkout Form.
Step 2: Edit the current fields
The plugin displays all the current fields inside your WooCommerce checkout, except the plugin now links to the default WooCommerce checkout, so you have full control over the fields.
You can edit:
- Billing Fields
- Shipping Fields
- Additional Fields
To edit WooCommerce checkout fields, click Edit next to the field you want to change. For this example, we’ll modify the Company Name field.
In the Edit Field window, you can modify options for the field, like:
- Default Value
It’s also possible to uncheck the Required box, so customers aren’t obligated to fill the field. You can also disable the field so it doesn’t show in the checkout at all. Make sure to click Save & Close.
The plugin usually saves everything after that, but you can click the Save Changes button again to ensure it works.
As you can see, we removed the Company Name field from the checkout area.
And it’s gone from the frontend checkout.
You also might want to edit something like the Placeholder text. In that case, it’s the same process of opening the field in question and changing the settings.
The First Name field on our checkout now reveals new placeholder text.
Step 3: Add a new field to the WooCommerce checkout
To add an entirely new field, click on the Add Field button.
Pick the Type of field, choosing from options like:
- and many more
As an example, we’ll make a Number field and ask customers to type in their Loyalty Rewards Number. You can also designate elements like placeholders, default values, and whether it’s a required field.
Make sure you check the Enabled box, then click Save & Close.
Step 4: View the results
On the backend, you’ll see the new checkout field at the bottom of the list. It’s placed at the end by default, but you can click and drag to reorder.
And the new field also appears on the frontend checkout module.
Create the perfect checkout page today
👉 In this article, we discussed the reasons you may want to edit the WooCommerce checkout page, whether that’s because of branding, optimization, or user-experience issues. Then we covered the most effective ways to actually edit the checkout, with options like:
💡 We recommend starting with the default WooCommerce checkout settings to see if they help achieve your desired results. For more advanced edits, consider using custom fields. And for advanced, but relatively easy-to-implement customizations, use one of the suggested page builders.
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