I'm looking to incorporate a product catalog into a client's website. I need the product display functionality in terms of being able to display a grid of categories with thumbnails, then browse each one and have the option to add subcategories, and finally a product listing with individual product display.
What I don't need is to sell products online, so anything related to ecommerce is superfluous: prices, stock, cart, checkout.
I'm using Woocommerce because it's very flexible and it handles my catalog needs fine. But there are way too many stock/pricing/selling/shipping options and I'd like to keep the admin as simple as possible for my client to handle their products.
What other options exist out there that may be better suited for this type of application? I tried Googling but seems every single "catalog" plugin is geared to ecommerce. I would've done it with custom post types but I need that ability to browse categories and subcategories and have thumbnails assigned to them.
I'm comfortable with custom fields and custom post types and I'd actually prefer using that; what I'm not sure how to achieve is the category/subcategory pages. I'd need to be able to assign images to categories, plus create a three level page system:
- Catalog index would be a list of categories, with thumbnails.
- Clicking on a category would take you to another page with a list of its subcategories. Ideally, this page could also show a complete list of items under that category, to be filtered when a user clicks on a subcategory.
- Finally, when clicking on a subcategory, the products under that subcategory would be displayed in a thumbnail grid.
I hope I'm explaining myself well. Thank you.