WooCommerce Advanced Shipping has been released some weeks ago, but never got introduced on here. Anyone who is looking for a nice allround shipping plugin for WooCommerce, I would recommend reading further in this article as it will explain what to expect from the plugin.
WooCommerce Advanced Shipping
Lets start with a small explanation what the plugin is and does. WooCommerce Advanced Shipping allows you to create (multiple) shipping methods. Of course no-one wants all shipping methods available for every person, state, country, weight, quantity, etcetera. This is where the Conditional Logic of the plugin comes in.
That might sound difficult and hard to some people, but I’ve made it as easy as possible in the plugin. All you need to do to create a condition rule is:
1. Select an condition
2. Select an ‘Operator’
3. Select/fill in a value
Selecting a condition
When clicking the ‘condition’ drop down you will see a list of conditions to choose from. Take a look at the screenshot on the right to see the conditions that are available when you install the plugin. Any of these conditions can be used to restrict the created shipping method.
Lets use Country for example in this post.
Selecting a Operator
In the operator you will find 4 options you can select from:
- Equal to
- Not Equal to
- Greater or Equal to
- Less or Equal to
I think #1 and #2 speak for themselves, when using the ‘Equal to’ operator, the (going to select) value should equal to the customers (shipping) Country.
When choosing the ‘Not Equal to’ operator, it will exclude the shipping method from any customer that will have set his shipping Country to the selected value.
Selecting a Value
When you change the ‘Condition’ drop down, you will notice that the value field will display a loading icon and soon after will display a field. This is because not every condition has the same field type and possible drop down options.
When done loading (should take less than a second on most conditions), it can display a text field or a drop down. When there’s a drop down it will contain all the possible values you can choose from. In a text field you can set your own input value.
For this example, all countries will be in the drop down if you’ve set-up your shop to sell to specific countries.
You probably already noticed the ‘+’ button after a (each) condition. When clicking this button, it will automatically add a new condition row where 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 etcetera.
In the screenshot on the right you see thee browser screens, each with one shipping method created for shipping to the Netherlands. In the example the shipping costs are divided by the subtotal of the cart. If your order is more expensive, you will pay more shipping costs. Although there are three shipping methods, the user will only see one shipping methods with how the subtotal conditions are set-up.
For those who’ve paid good attention to the screenshots might have seen the ‘Add Or group’ button below the condition. This button adds en entirely different condition group to your conditions. When working with conditions groups, all conditions in just one of the condition groups need to be met when the shipping method will be displayed. This way it will be easier to group shipping rates with the same name/costs without having to create new of shipping methods.
In the example in the right, this shipping method will display if a user has the shipping country set to; Netherlands OR France OR Germany.
Shipping method settings
Below all the conditions you’ve got a second box with some settings. In this settings area you can set the shipping title and some different shipping price options.
Shipping costs: Fill in the shipping costs you want to charge to the customer, empty or 0 is free. Only numbers are possible.
Handling fee: Extra handling fee, this is a one-time costs like shipping costs, this can be a number or a percentage (use percentage sign to set percentages. E.g. 5%).
Cost per item: Set the price that will be calculated per item, this includes quantity. This field can be a number or percentage.
Cost per weight: This fee will be multiplied by the amount of weight the customer has in his cart.
Tax status: Applies taxes if its setup in WC -> Settings -> Tax
Setting up cost per product / shipping class / category
If you have the need to setup some more advanced shipping cost, using the extra WAS Advanced Pricing extension would be a great addition. This extension allows you to add cost on a per product, shipping class and category basis. In addition to that, it also allows you to setup weight based shipping more easily and quickly from within one shipping rate.
With the WAS Advanced Pricing extension you can setup the advanced cost based on minimum and maximum quantities added to the cart, subtotal of the selected category / shipping class, or the weight of the selected category / shipping class products in the cart.
Within this extension it is also possible setup:
- Cart and/or group subtotal percentage cost (e.g. add 10% of shipping class ‘A’ subtotal to shipping cost)
- Setup cost per interval (e.g. add $2 shipping cost per each 10 quantity of shipping class ‘A’)
- Easier then ever add cost per additional item in the cart
Pictures say more than a thousand words, so there are some screenshots on how you could use the plugin:
Test it yourself
You can always test the plugin out yourself via de demo website: http://was-demo.jeroensormani.com/
Hope you liked this introduction of WooCommerce Advanced Shipping. Feel free to post any questions or remarks about the plugin.
Oh, can’t forget to post where you can get this: Its available on CodeCanyon for a ridiculous low price of $17,-
Got a pre-sale or support question? Feel free to reach out to me!