With Merchant’s Pre-Orders module, you can allow your customers to pre-order products that are either out of stock or not yet released.

In the screenshot below, you can see an example of a pre-order button on a WooCommerce product page:

A pre-order button added with Merchant, frontend view, screenshot

Now, let’s see how you can enable and configure the Pre-Orders module.

1. Open the Pre-Orders Module

Open your Merchant dashboard by clicking the Merchant menu in the left sidebar of your WordPress admin area.

In the Boost Revenue section, click the Pre-Orders module to open its settings page:

Location of the Pre-Orders module on the Merchant dashboard, screenshot

2. Configure Your Pre-Order Buttons

Before enabling the Pre-Orders module, it’s recommended that you configure its settings.

Scroll down to the Settings section on the module’s page.

Here, you can change the text and colors of your pre-order buttons and the text of the additional information related to the pre-order (e.g. the date when the product will be available):

Settings section on the Pre-Order module page, screenshot

Once the settings are configured, click the Save button in the top-right corner of the page.

3. Enable the Pre-Orders Module

If you’re happy with the design of your pre-order buttons, click the Enable button to activate the module:

Location of the Enable button on Merchant's Pre-Orders module page, screenshot

4. Enable the Pre-Order Feature on the Relevant Product Pages

To use the Pre-Orders module, you also need to enable the feature on the admin page of each product where you want to display the pre-order button.

On the product page, scroll down to the Products > Inventory section.

Here, check the “Set this product as pre-order” checkbox, set the pre order date (when the product will ship), and save the page:

WooCommerce product page, inventory section, set up the pre-order functionality for an individual product, screenshot

5. View Your Pre-Orders

You can check your pre-orders by clicking the View Pre-Orders button in the Tag Pre-Orders section on the module’s settings page:

Pre-orders module, location of the View Pre-Orders button, screenshot

The View Pre-Orders button opens the WooCommerce > Orders admin page (also available from the left sidebar) where you can see all the pre-orders made on your website:

List of pre-orders on the WooCommerce Orders page, screenshot