How to configure the Shipping Methods

Configuring the Shipping Methods available on your WooCommerce Online Store

With the default installation of WooCommerce you are getting quite a lot of Shipping Methods predefined in the Shipping Options page. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will review the configuration process for each one of those so you can be absolutely aware of which one you should use and how to configure it.

 

 

Let’s begin!

 

Step 1 Configuring the Flat Rate Shipping Method

This shipping method will allow you to define certain Flat Rate per item or per order. On this page you will be able to find few section of settings.

 

The first one is called “Flat Rate” and as the name suggests it is used for the main configuration options for the Flat Rate Shipping Method. In this section you will be able to find the following settings:

 

  • Method Title – The title of the Method you would be adding. Keep in mind that this will be visible to the customer.
  • Availability – Here you can define the specific country this Flat Rate will be applied.
  • Tax Status – Here you can define if the Flat Rate should be taxable.
  • Cost per order – The flat cost without any tax applied to the same.

 

accessing the Flat rate shipping method

 

The next section with settings is called “Additional Costs” and there you will be able to configure the additional costs which will be added to the Flat Rate per order, per item or per class. Also here you will be able to add a new cost via the “Add Cost” button where you will need to configure the “Shipping Class”, “Cost” and “Handling Fee” of the new cost you are adding.

 

configuring the additional costs

 

Respectively you can delete any already added costs via the “Delete Selected Costs” button.

 

configuring the additional costs

 

The final section of options here is the “Add-on Rates” and as the name suggests here you will be able to add some additional shipping options with additional cost based on the flat rate you have added.

 

Step 2 Configuring the Free Shipping Method

Free Shipping” is a method which will allow you to grant a free shipping option to the products you are selling. The options available for this Shipping Method on its dedicated page are:

 

  • Method Title – The title of the method which will be visible to the customer.
  • Method availability – Here you can define for which countries this method should be available.
  • Free Shipping Requires – Here you can define the condition which will be require for the Free Shipping to be applied.
  • Minimum Order Amount – Here you should define the minimum order amount which will be needed for the free shipping to be applied.

 

configuring the free shipping method

 

Once you are done editing these changes please click on the “Save Changes” button so all of the changes can be indeed saved.

 

Step 3 Configuring the International Delivery Shipping Method

The next Shipping Method we are about to review is called “International Delivery” and probably you already know what this method is used for. Thus let’s review the provided configuration options on this page.

 

  • Method Title – The title of the method. Keep in mind that this will be displayed to all the customers.
  • Availability – Here you can define the countries where the delivery method should be available.
  • Countries – Select the countries where this shipping method should be available.
  • Tax Status – If this shipping method should be taxable.
  • Cost Added – Here you can define how the cost should be added.
  • Cost – The actual cost of the shipping method excluding the tax.
  • Handling Fee – The actual handling fee. Here you should define a percentage.
  • Minimum Handling Fee – The minimum handling fee of the shipping.

 

configuring the international delivery

 

Once you are ready with all the settings for this shipping method please click on the “Save Changes” button located at the bottom of the page.

 

Step 4 Configuring the Local Delivery Shipping Method

This shipping method is used to delivering products from your Store to the customers locally. This mean that the customer’s Billing address should be within the country defined as default for your Online Store.

 

The available options you will be able to find on this page are:

 

  • Title – The title of the Shipping Method. This will be displayed to the customers.
  • Fee Type – Here you can define what should be the Fee Type
  • Delivery Fee – Here you can set the fee you would like to charge the customers for a local delivery.
  • Allowed Zip/Post Codes – The allowed ZIP/Post Codes which can benefit from this shipping method.
  • Method Availability – Here you can define the concrete countries this method will be available along with the default country of your Store.

 

configuring the local delivery

 

When you are done with the configurations of these options please click on the “Save Changes” button.

 

The final method is called “Local Pickup” and there you will need to configure few options which will allow the customers the option to pick the product on themselves from your physical Store.

 

Congratulations! You now know how to configure all the Shipping Methods for your WooCommerce based Online Store!