Enable lightbox in WooCommerce 3.0

30th June 2017

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You may have discovered that upgrading to WooCommerce 3.0 somehow gets breaks some of your fancy features, like modals for product images. Luckily, you’re not the only one.

Setting up a new site using WooCommerce 3 recently I couldn’t for the life of me remember where the option for a lightbox on product images was. I took a break to run some updates on an older WooCommerce site and stumbled on the option immediately.

With the release of version 3.0, the option had been hidden away.

WooCommerce Product Details options

WooCommerce 2.X Product Details options, with choice to enable Lightboxes

WooCommerce Product Details options

WooCommerce 3.0 Product Details options – now the Lightbox choice is removed

New release, new modal

Over the years I’ve seen many WooCommerce sites using third-party plugins for carousels, lightboxes and other features. WooCommerce 3.0 sees the introduction of some great new features, many of which developers had to add manually to their sites. Now WooCommerce includes a lightbox / modal for galleries and product images, image zoom / magnification and a carousel / slider right out of the box.

These new features are inactive by default. This is most likely to cut down on page load times for sites that don’t run these features and to avoid conflict with existing sites using third-party plugins.

Enabling lightbox, zoom and carousels in WooCommerce 3.0

It only takes a moment to enable any of these new features. After declaring WooCommerce support for your theme, add the following to your functions.php file. Each line enables a different feature, so delete / comment whichever you don’t need.

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'themename_setup' );
function themename_setup() {
    add_theme_support( 'wc-product-gallery-zoom' );
    add_theme_support( 'wc-product-gallery-lightbox' );
    add_theme_support( 'wc-product-gallery-slider' );

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Rik Kendell is a developer, designer and writer in Leeds, UK. Originally from Bradford but always from Yorkshire, he specialises in front-end, responsive websites and WordPress builds. Having worked in software houses, the radio industry and design, marketing and digital agencies Rik has almost 10 years commercial experience and has worked with clients ranging from the NHS, Sky and Skipton Building Society to McDonalds, Lamb’s Rum and Crabbies Ginger Beer.

Rik is also a keen writer, covering digital/tech news, gaming, food and short fiction. His blog posts, reviews and Tweets have been published by the BBC, the Evening Standard, a number of agencies and industry websites and Rik is a key contributor on a foodie website.