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Hide Categories On Shop Page

This plugin is an add-on for WooCommerce by Matix Web Designers.

Simple solution to hide specific categories in you woocommerce shop main page i.e. This plugin was based on WC Hide Categories On Shop …

4.3 Avg. Rating
3K Installs
Tested with WordPress 6.1.1

This free WooCommerce extension permits you to hide categories on your shops main page.
For this you have to save the categories with ‘,’ seperated in woocommerce > settings > products tab section.

In order for this to work you have to have Categories displayed. This can be set via Customizer. Appearance > Customize > WooCommerce > Product Catalog.

“Choose what to display on the main shop page.” Select Show categories as seen in the Screenshot below.

Additional Information

For users who has a different/custom page for their shop you can edit the wc-hide-categories.php file
Find line # 127 and remove //

//$mwd_opt4 = in_array( 'product_cat', $taxonomies ) && ! is_admin() && is_page('YOUR_PAGE_SLUG'),

Then find line #129 /*|| $mwd_opt4*/

Change to
|| $mwd_opt4

To remove products from those categories find line 160

// Uncomment the function below if you also want those products hidden
    add_action( 'woocommerce_product_query', 'mwd_hwcosp_remove_product_in_cat' );

    function mwd_hwcosp_remove_product_in_cat( $q ) {
        //hwcosp_global is the databse row entry
        $opt_terms = get_option('hwcosp_global');

        // Processes our users data to the way we want it from above
        $data = mwd_hwcosp_comma_separated_to_array($opt_terms);

        $tax_query = (array) $q->get('tax_query');
        $tax_query[] = array(
                             'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',
                             'field' => 'slug',
                             'terms' => $data, // Set Category Slug which products not show on the shop and Archieve page.
                             'operator' => 'NOT IN'
        $q->set( 'tax_query', $tax_query );

The code is well documented so its easy to find what part you are looking for

If you have any question please ask in the support forum, Thanks

  • Upload ‘’ like any other plugin or upload the zip file contents to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  • Configure the plugin at Dashboard > WooCommerce > Settings > Products > Hide Categories On Shop Page
  • Save your settings with the category slugs with ‘,’ seperated.
  • I.E. cat1, cat2, cat3

Does this work on Multisite?

As of version 1.1.0 Yes

I’d like to donate, how can I?

Click the donate button to the right or go here
And thank you in advance 🙂


  • Added missing line if foreach loop and fixed versioning numbers


  • Updated Foreach() that was causing a PHP warning: Attempt to read property “slug” on int … line 147


  • Updated Readme


  • Updated so that it now works on WordPress Multisites
  • Added new comments to the code so its easier to follow on what block does what
  • Added the ability to hide sub categories
  • Added the ability to hide all products under root category and sub category


  • Added the conditionals to test if the shop is_home() or is_front_page() and added the a fourth test a user could uncomment to add their custom shop page slug.


  • Stable initial release