WooCommerce Flat Rate Shipping Option

WooCommerce Flat Rate Shipping Option

September 22, 2019 2 By Bernardo Ryan


In the free version of WooCommerce the shipping
screen located under the WooCommerce Settings Shipping tab supports 5 core shipping options
that are listed across the top of the shipping screen.
Flat Rate Shipping, Free Shipping, International Delivery, Local Delivery, Local Pickup. Flat Shipping Rate is used to bundle items
together for shipping at a set price. It can be a shipping price per item or it can be
a shipping price per order. To enable this option check the Enable/Disable
button. Remember to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen to save
any changes. On the Flat Rate shipping screen you can set
the name that a customer sees when using this option by entering a name in the Method Title
field. You can restrict the countries where this
shipping option is available by selecting from the Availability drop-down menu. If you
select Specific Countries then you’ll need to specify which countries you want selected.
This will override the default countries set under the General tab and allow this shipping
option to only these selected countries. On the other hand, selecting All Allowed Countries
will allow this shipping option to all the countries selected under the General Tab. The Tax Status selection is available for
countries that add tax to shipping, like Australia for instance. The Cost per Order adds the amount entered
in this field to the entire order. Set this for a minimum or base shipping amount. Additional
fees can be added to this amount by using the options below. Additional Rates is a section used to offer
alternatives to the shipping Cost Per Order amount. Additional Rates has three parts – a
name, a cost amount (this can be a number, a percentage or a combination of number and
percent) and a control option and it follows a specific format. The name followed by a
space, a pipe followed by a space, (the pipe key is usually located on the right of the
keyboard with the backslash, it looks similar to the colon, hold the shift key down and
press the key), the cost followed by a space, another pipe followed by a space and finally
the control option. The option name used is what the customer
sees as the title for this option. The cost amount is entered here and this amount
will be added to the Cost Per Order entered above. And the control option allows you to specify
either order, item or class. Order adds the amount once to the entire order, while item
adds the amount for each item in the cart and Shipping Class which is a way to group
similar products together for shipping. Shipping Class is controlled in the Additional Cost
section below. Additional Rates can get quite sophisticated
when used to combine rates and percentages with the various options. But use with caution,
it can also be very confusing to a customer if there are too many choices and variations
in shipping. Additional Costs has three parts and these
costs are added to the Cost Per Order and Additional Rates.. Costs Added controls how the costs below are
added. You can select it to be added one to the entire order, for each item in the cart,
or for the shipping class which is set below. Shipping classes are added by navigating to
the Products Admin screen and clicking Shipping Classes. These classes have the same format
as categories and work in much the same way. Classes are added by entering a name and they
can even be a subclass of another class. These Shipping Classes are added to each individual
product when creating a product. You can also edit a product and add that product to a class.
For instance, if I add a class named oversized for items that are large or bulky and that
require additional shipping fees. I can then add products to that class by editing the
product. Under the Product Data Shipping panel I can
add the class. To add the additional costs associated with
this shipping class, navigate back to the Flat Rate shipping screen. Locate Costs for Shipping Class and click
the Add Cost button. Select the Shipping Class and add the cost and a handling fee if needed.
Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen to save any changes. Now when
this item is added to the cart the additional shipping cost will be calculated. This cost
is separate from the Cost Per Order and the Additional Rates. Making it possible to control
shipping with Shipping Classes only. And the shipping class fee will also be added to any
Additional Rates entered. And a word of caution, any Shipping Class that does not have a Cost
should be removed from this list. Leaving an empty Shipping Class in this list have
been known to cause problems when calculating shipping. The Minimum Handling Fee is used to ensure
that there is a minimum fee charged. This fee is checked against the shipping class
Handling Fee selection above and is applied according to the selection for Costs Added.
So if you set a cost per item then the Handling Fee or the Minimum Handling Fee will apply
to each item whichever is greater. The Minimum Handling Fee is handy when using percentages
for shipping. This helps ensure that you receive at least the minimum amount. Remember to click the Save Changes button
to save any changes. The Flat Rate shipping options have a lot
of different possibilities. These rates should all be tested thoroughly before applying them
to a live site.