WooCommerce Force Default 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.


  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.


This plugin doesn’t do anything

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This is due to an outdated version of WooCommerce.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.

I can’t see the options

The options are within WooCommerce Settings. You can find it at the following location: WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Variant.


May 3, 2019
The plugin does not advertise. Thank you very much for creating this!
February 26, 2019
Saved me an absolute ton of time - seems pretty lightweight too. Well done and thank you!
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Contributors & Developers

“WooCommerce Force Default Variant” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • NEW – Select Option will now be removed from all product dropdown by default.
  • NEW – Added new setting to toggle default ‘Select Option’ text
  • FIX – Notice in /includes/variations.php:170
  • FIX – Default selected option field being blank on page load due to missing JS classes.
  • UPDATE – Now works with WordPress 5.2 and above.


  • NEW – Adding in the ability to sort by Variant Position
  • NEW – Added in Filters to make it easier to add your own sorting format.
  • NEW – Added filter to allow you to show/hide unavailable selections on multiple attributes.
  • FIX – If a Variant is disabled it will no longer appear on the list.
  • FIX – Takes note of Sale prices when reordering by Price.
  • FIX – Works with multiple attributes at once.
  • UPDATE – Now works with WordPress 5.1 and above.


  • FIX – Fixed a fatal error when variation does not exist.
  • FIX – Fixed an error where type became unreadable.


  • NEW – The Stock Status will be checked before the variant is selected. You will no longer have an out of stock Default Variant
  • NEW – Added the ability to set a minimum Stock Quantity limit if you manage stock manually.
  • NEW – Added the ability to keep manually set defaults on a site wide basis.
  • UPDATE – Now works with WooCommerce 3.5 and above.
  • UPDATE – Now works with WordPress 5.0 and above.


  • UPDATE – Now works with WordPress 4.9 and above.
  • UPDATE – Now works with WooCommerce 3.3 and above.
  • UPDATE – Works with PHP 7.0 and above.


  • 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