This plugin is intended to be used as a sample product generator for WooCommerce for use on development and testing sites.
It’s purpose is to provide an automated way of creating even very large sets of products, useful in providing a test environment for performance benchmarks and use case testing.
The plugin generates products taking into account the following characteristics:
- Product Categories
- Product Tags
- Product Attributes
- Simple and Variable products with variations based on given attributes
- Stock management and stock numbers (some products will have these set, others won’t)
- Featured products (a minor subset will be marked as featured)
- Product images can be obtained from Unsplash or abstract images generated
The plugin provides an administrative section WooCommerce > Product Generator where several aspects can be adjusted.
During the Continuous AJAX Run, the cumulative product generation stats and performance are shown.
The product generation stats and performance are also logged to the site’s debug.log. To disable, add this to your site’s wp-config.php:
define( 'WPG_LOG', false );
With the stats provided, this plugin also provides an easy way to benchmark a site: providing an insight into the site’s performance measured by products generated per second. If you want to measure the performance of your site while generating products, make sure to disable the option Get images from Unsplash, as the impact of getting images via the network will be much higher than the product generation itself.
Fork the WooCommerce Product Generator repository to customize the products generated as desired.
Log in as an administrator and go to Plugins > Add New.
Type WooCommerce Product Generator in the search field, locate the WooCommerce Product Generator plugin by itthinx and install it by clicking Install Now.
Now activate the plugin to be able to generate sample products.
You can install the plugin via FTP, see Manual Plugin Installation.
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