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WooCommerce Force Default Variant

Removes the Standard WooCommerce variant default of 'Choose an Option' and replaces it with a variant.

Please Note - This plugin requires WooCommerce Version 2.4 or greater in order to properly function.

All WooCommerce variable products have a dropdown to select which variant the customer wants to add to cart. The standard behavior is to not set a default and until a variant is chosen the 'Add to Cart' button is not visible.

This can cause confusion to customers coming to your site, which as a knock on affect could cause a lower than average conversion rate.

You can solve this by manually setting a default option per product, but this can be time consuming on sites with lots of products and also the user can still 'clear' the selection, causing the Add to Cart button to hide again.

This plugin aims to solve these issues by removing the blank 'Choose an Option' value from the dropdown, removing the link to clear the options and instead listing out only the actual variants, always setting a default.

This default can be configured in one of 3 ways; the shop owner can choose to either list the variant by ID, Price Low -> High and Price High -> Low. This can be changed via the WooCommerce -> Settings -> Product -> Variant menu. If you have already set a default variant for each individual product, then this will still stay as the default.

Author HappyKite
Contributors HappyKite, morrowmedia, philmorrow
Tags ecommerce, variable product, woocommerce, WooCommerce variant
  1. Upload the folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Go to WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Variant to choose how to display the Variations.


  • UPDATE - Now works with WordPress 4.6.2
  • UPDATE - Now works with WooCommerce 2.6.4


  • IMPROVEMENT - Removed ‘Choose an Option’ dropdown option.


  • FIX - fixed Fatal Error on activation.


  • UPDATE - Compatible with WordPress 4.4+
  • UPDATE - Compatible with WooCommerce 2.4+
  • IMPROVEMENT - Removed Templates and now using correct Functions/Filters for safer Updates


  • Released Beta Version

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Force Default Variant For WooCommerce is an extension of WooCommerce. Without at least WooCommerce version 2.4 installed and active then there will be no need for this plugin

After activation I now get a Fatal Error where the Variant drop down should be?

This is due to an outdated version of WooCommerce. If you update to the most recent version of WooCommerce your issue will be fixed.

Version 1.2

Requires WordPress version: 4.2 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.6.3

Last Updated 29 Sep 2016

Date Added: 24 Nov 2015

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