WooCommerce: Checkbox to Disable Related Products Conditionally

Here’s how you can display a “checkbox” in the product edit page in order to hide the Related Products section in case this is checked. This is something you can also reuse to hide other sections in the same way – for example you might need to hide product tabs or featured image in certain cases.

I’ve coded this in 15 minutes for a client so why not sharing it with you too? Here’s the full snippet, enjoy!

Use a custom checkbox in the product edit page to hide Related Products @ WooCommerce Single Product Page

PHP Snippet: Hide Related Products on a Per-Product Basis

/**
 * @snippet       Checkbox to hide Related Products - WooCommerce
 * @how-to        Watch tutorial @ https://businessbloomer.com/?p=19055
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 3.5.7
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */
 
// -----------------------------------------
// 1. Add new checkbox product edit page
 
add_action( 'woocommerce_product_options_general_product_data', 'bbloomer_add_related_checkbox_products' );        
 
function bbloomer_add_related_checkbox_products() {           
woocommerce_wp_checkbox( array( 
	'id' => 'hide_related', 
	'class' => '', 
	'label' => 'Hide Related Products'
	) 
);      
}
 
// -----------------------------------------
// 2. Save checkbox into custom field
 
add_action( 'save_post_product', 'bbloomer_save_related_checkbox_products' );
 
function bbloomer_save_related_checkbox_products( $product_id ) {
	global $pagenow, $typenow;
	if ( 'post.php' !== $pagenow || 'product' !== $typenow ) return;
    if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
    if ( isset( $_POST['hide_related'] ) ) {
		update_post_meta( $product_id, 'hide_related', $_POST['hide_related'] );
    } else delete_post_meta( $product_id, 'hide_related' );
}
 
// -----------------------------------------
// 3. Hide related products @ single product page
 
add_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', 'bbloomer_hide_related_checkbox_products', 1 );
 
function bbloomer_hide_related_checkbox_products() {
    global $product;
    if ( ! empty ( get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), 'hide_related', true ) ) ) {
        remove_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', 'woocommerce_output_related_products', 20 );
    }
}

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (before "?>" if you have it). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7+.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as a 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.

4 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Checkbox to Disable Related Products Conditionally

  1. Rodolfo, this worked perfectly dude!
    Thank you.

    1. Great!

  2. This is what I have thus far:

     function remove_woo_commerce_hooks() {
    	global $avada_woocommerce;
    	remove_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', array( $avada_woocommerce, 'output_related_products' ), 15 );
    }
    add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'remove_woo_commerce_hooks' ); 

    It removes it from all product pages. I would much rather use your method.

    1. Hello Al, 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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