WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin, which means there are absolutely no barriers for downloading it and playing around to see if it fits your eCommerce needs.
If you are just selling a few products of a similar type then the basic shipping options in WooCommerce should be more than enough to ensure you are able to add the correct amount in costs to your customer orders to cover the shipping fees.
If your inventory consists of various products of all shapes and sizes, then you will have to delve deeper into the way you can set up varied shipping options.
For stores that require more features other than basic shopping, product pages and checkout, you’ll need to purchase some premium extensions.
If selling tangible products, WooCommerce shipping plugin with more features and options will probably be required.
I have made research and provided three worthy WooCommerce shipping plugins to make additional shipping options.
Below plugins provide shipping based on country, zip code, quantity, weight, price, dimension of products…..
Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce is a premium WordPress plugin from CodeCanyon that gives you the ability to add multiple shipping rate options to your WooCommerce store.
This is a great way to offer consumers multiple shipping options at checkout.
Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce
With this plugin you can offer free shipping over a certain amount, a choice between standard or 2-day shipping, special rates based on weight, dimensions and much more.
In addition to being able to add various shipping options at checkout, you can also specify which options are available based on a user’s order or based on the items in their cart.
It is good way to run special discounted shipping on featured products, free shipping for big orders and more.
You can also use the Table Rate WooCommerce shipping plugin options to set rules based on weight, quantity, dimensions, destination or price.
Price for this plugin is $21 on Codecanyon and it has sold more than 7,000 copies with average rating of 4.70.
Allows configuration of zones. Each zone can be set to everywhere, one or more countries/states, or a single country/state with a variety of postal codes.
One or multiple shipping costs for a customer to choose. Offering Standard and Express shipping? Both can be setup with the same rules but different costs.
Set your rates based on per order, per item, or per shipping class method.
Shipping price costs with or without tax included.
Plugin will base its calculations on the volumetric weight or the actual weight listed, whichever is higher.
Additional fees can be created per zone basis and include either a fixed price, a percentage of the customer’s subtotal, or a combination of both.
Each rule has its own row in the table that can be based on price, weight, quantity, and overall dimensions. Only one can be selected for each rule, but they can change from row to row so that one zone may be based on price while another on weight.
Change the cost for customers who purchase multiple items. When bundling is enabled, the cost is applied for each item up to a certain number. When that number is reached, the second cost will be given to each item past that.
While flat rate costs are most common, a possible rate can also be determined as a percentage of the price being compared or multiplied (cost applied for each quantity purchased)
Set the order of shipping options than are given to the customer. You can also select which one will be selected by default on the cart/checkout pages.
WooCommerce Advanced Shipping allows you to create multiple shipping methods. It was built to allow users to configure their own shipping methods.
Once activated you will have more options under the ‘WooCommerce’ -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Shipping’ section.
WooCommerce Advanced Shipping
To create your advanced shipping method click on the ‘Add Advanced Shipping Method’ button. This will bring you to a new page where you can set various settings.
When clicking the ‘condition’ drop down you will see a list of conditions to choose from:
The subtotal of the entire cart. This is excluding shipping costs and including taxes.
The subtotal of the entire cart. This is excluding shipping costs and excluding taxes.
The amount of taxes.
The quantity of products in the cart. This is the number of products and the quantity of those products in the cart.
The cart must contain at least one product.
The coupon must be applied.
Calculated weight of the cart.
Shipping based on zipcode.
Shipping based on city.
Shipping based on state. You can select from the states that are integrated within WooCommerce.
User country must match the configured country.
Shipping based on user roles. User must be logged in for this.
The width is taken from the widest product in the cart.
The height is taken and compared to the highest product in the cart.
The length is taken and compared to the lengthiest product in the cart.
All products in the cart must match defined stock condition.
Shipping based on configured category.
When using the ‘Equal to’ , the value should equal to the customers shipping value.
When choosing the ‘Not Equal to’ operator, it will exclude the shipping method from any customer that will have set his shipping value to the selected value.
When clicking the ‘+’ button after a condition, it will automatically add a new condition row. Then you can set extra condition that needs to be met to allow the shipping method.
This way you can combine it to set different shipping rates for e.g. weight, subtotal, quantity…
‘Add Or group’ button adds different condition group to your conditions. When working with conditions groups, all conditions in just one of the condition groups need to be met for shipping method to be displayed.
It makes easier to group shipping rates with the same name/costs without having to create new shipping methods.
Below all the conditions there is settings area where you can set the shipping title and different shipping price options.
Shipping costs: Fill in the shipping costs you want to charge to the customer, empty or 0 is free.
Handling fee: This is a one-time cost. It can be a number or a percentage.
Cost per item: Price that will be calculated per item.
Cost per weight: This fee will be multiplied by the amount of weight the customer has in cart.
Tax status: Applies taxes if its setup in WC -> Settings -> Tax Besides WooCommerce Advanced Shipping plugin you will also get the ‘Shipping Zones’ extension, which allows you to create a condition with multiple countries/states/zipcodes.
This is an extension that author sends to people (without extra charge) if they want to create multiple countries for example. Right now the only way to get the shipping zones extension is by request via author contact form.
Price for the plugin is $16 on Codecanyon with average rating of 4.95 out of 5. Free version is also available from WordPress repository.
Table Rate Shipping makes possible to create complex rules for shipping products all over the world.
You can define multiple rates based on the product’s destination, have multiple rates per zone, add rules based on product weight, number of items, shipping class and price.
WooThemes Table Rate Shipping
When a customer checks out items in their cart, the plugin looks at the destination of items and then uses the table of rates you created to calculate total shipping.
Each destination can have its own rules, or multiple sets of rules, based on your shipping requirements.
To calculate shipping correctly, you need to create shipping zones and shipping rules. The plugin will take care of all the calculations for you.
Before getting started you need to do the following:
1. Set up your shipping classes 2. Get shipping rates from your chosen courier 3. Determine your shipping zones
Shipping classes are used to indicate products that are similar for shipping.
By setting up shipping classes, you can create tables of rates that apply to different shipping classes.
This gives you considerable flexibility when creating shipping methods.
With classes created, you can create Shipping Zones. Shipping Zones are different geographical regions that your products will be shipped to.
These will be different depending on where you are in the world. If you’re based in the UK, for example, you may set up your zones as follows:
Once you have created shipping zones, you can create tables of rates for each. Each zone can have as many shipping methods as you require and each shipping method has its own settings to configure.
You can calculate shipping based on:
Once you’ve chosen how to calculate rates, it’s time to start adding rates. The plugin will compare items in the customer’s cart against the table of rates to calculate shipping costs.
Choose the shipping class to which rate will apply. You can also choose to apply the rate to items in any shipping class or in no shipping class.
Condition column tells the plugin what product information it should use to calculate rates.
Your options are:
There are times you may wish to merge shipping of a specific product. To properly merge items for shipping, you need to ensure that the table is set up with the highest rate at the top and the lowest rate at the bottom.
There are as many different possible setups for shipping as there are e-commerce stores. But for every store the following advice applies:
This plugin is little pricey. It is official WooCommerce shipping plugin. Single site license will cost you $199, five sites license $249 and 25 sites license will cost $399.
A license entitles you to 1 year of updates and support. Each installation of the plugin will require a licence key in order for you to receive updates and support.
For those starting out with a small eCommerce store the core shipping features of the WooCommerce plugin should be enough for you to get started.
As your inventory and customer base grows, you may need to turn to one of the premium extensions, or even a WordPress developer who can provide you with a custom solution to match your specific needs.
This can be especially true if your products vary considerably in size and weight, and you have customers from around the world, requiring shipping to many different locations.
Then you may consider one of above mentioned WooCommerce shipping plugins to set various shipping options based on different criteria.
Does your WooCommerce shop have any special requirements in terms of shipping and cost calculations? Did you used any of mentioned plugins or have free solution? Let me know in comments below!
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What plugin allows you to combine shipping totals of multiple products before customer ever sees
Not sure if I understood what you need, but I think that all three plugins do that.
Hello, thanks for the article. I have a question, I do local delivery but I need to charge different rates depending on each suburb in the city. Is it possible to do this with either of the 2 cheaper table rate shipping plugins, or do I have to buy the $200 one? Thanks
I am not sure about this. It depends from which country are you and how are suburbs classified there.
Maybe you could use option to set shipping based on city, but instead of city names you set it up for suburbs.
It is best that you visit official plugin pages and use contact to check this with author of plugin.
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