How to Remove WooCommerce Sale Labels

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WooCommerce wants your customers to be as well informed as possible about any kind of sales or deals you are running on your products. To accomplish this, sales labels go next to products throughout your store whenever you have price discounts in effect.

Is this something you don’t want to be displayed in your store? You aren’t totally out of luck. While you can’t remove sale labels directly inside the WooCommerce administrative interface there are some other options available to you get disable these from your products.

Sale Labels Screenshot
An example of sale labels on individual products in WooCommerce.

The hardest, and most time-consuming, way to remove sale labels from WooCommerce is to make some changes directly to your store’s WordPress theme. We’ll walk you through the steps to do that in this article. If you aren’t interested in spending the time to modify your store then we’ll close this piece out with an alternative solution. You can purchase our plugin and take care of this process quite easily.

How to Hide WooCommerce Sale Labels with Code

We’re going to go through the process required to remove sale labels on your own. This is going to involve some minor web development. In the end, you might learn some new skills to help you work on your WooCommerce store even more in the future.

Warning! Make a full and complete backup of your site before proceeding. You are about to make your own WordPress theme, write some code, and upload it to a server. A working and reliable backup is a must in case you make a mistake. Full backups include core WordPress files, plugins, your theme, and uploaded media. A full copy of the database is required as well. You can find a company offering WordPress maintenance packages to handle this for you if doing it on your own isn’t an option.

Make a Child Theme

In WordPress terms, a child theme loads another template and then adds changes to it as a second step. This is a system devised by the WordPress developer community to help prevent people from ruining their sites with changes. When a WordPress theme receives an update all changes to it are lost or overwritten. By using a child theme, you prevent this data loss because the parent theme’s update doesn’t impact its child.

You can learn more about child themes and how to make one at the official WordPress site. When you have one ready it’s time to move on to the next step: adding code.

Add Code to the Child Theme

The common location to put theme code is in a file called functions.php. Create one in the main folder of your child theme, if it doesn’t exist already, and then open it up in a text editor. Add the following lines of code:

add_action('wp', 'my_remove_sale_labels');
public function my_remove_sale_labels() {
    remove_action('woocommerce_before_shop_loop_item_title', 'woocommerce_show_product_loop_sale_flash', 10);
    remove_action('woocommerce_before_single_product_summary', 'woocommerce_show_product_sale_flash', 10);
    remove_action('woocommerce_after_shop_loop_item_title', 'woocommerce_show_product_loop_sale_flash', 6);

Please keep in mind this is going to remove the sale labels from all products on your site. It doesn’t give you product-by-product control. You also won’t be able to use this code snippet to remove labels from entire product categories. This is a global setting that will apply to all products you have stored in WooCommerce.

Save the functions.php file when you are done. It’s time to move on to the next step.

Upload the Child Theme

It is time to get it on your finished child theme on your WordPress site’s server. The first step you need to take is to compress the file into the .zip format. The .zip file is what you will be uploading via the WordPress admin. Find the Themes section, under the Appearance section of the admin menu, and located the “Add New” button at the top. The next thing you need to do is press the “Upload Button” and follow the steps.

Another option is to upload the raw files to your child theme directly to the server using FTP. This is for more advanced individuals. Your web hosting provider should have documentation or a FAQ with instructions.

Need a break or getting confused by the technical stuff? This way of doing things isn’t for everyone. If you don’t want to deal with child themes, and editing code, there is an easier way. Learn how our plugin can help.

Activate the Child Theme

The child theme will appear as an option on the Themes screen of the WordPress admin now. Press the “Activate” button next to your child theme. If all has gone well, your sales labels will be gone from your site immediately.

If the sales labels persist, or you are having issues with site performance or availability, you need to take a look again at your child theme. Check your code for errors and make any changes. Upload the child theme and activate it again. Eventually, through trial and error, you will get the result you want.

Of course, this is a lot of work for something that should be very simple. As an alternative to all of this effort, we want to close this article out by showing you how our plugin can make this faster and simpler to handle.

Disable WooCommerce Sale Labels the Easy Way

We have developed a basic plugin that lets you disable the WooCommerce sale labels from your products on your store. Our plugin has major advantages over the code example above. It lets you remove sale labels on a product-by-product basis and by category.

You can use our plugin to remove the sale labels from:

  • All Products
  • Products in Specific Categories
  • Specific Products

Purchasing and installing our plugin takes a few minutes. You don’t have any code to worry about. You also don’t have to create a child theme or do anything at all with your store’s layout. Never installed a plugin before? Don’t worry. We’ll email you step-by-step instructions to install and activate the plugin.

After installation, you’ll have a Remove Features tab in your WooCommerce settings screen. From there you can set exactly which products or categories have the sale labels disabled.

Screenshot of RWF Sale Labels Plugin's Settings

That is really how simple it is. Our plugin gives you more options than our code snippet and you don’t have to do anything difficult. Click a checkbox or enter the names of some products or categories.

Your plugin purchase comes with:

  • 90 days of support. Get help with your plugin up to three months after purchase.
  • No license keys or yearly subscriptions. Pay $14 once.
  • Unlimited installations. Install the plugin on as many sites as you want.

We offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. Get a full refund if you are unhappy with our plugin or if it doesn’t meet your expectations.