Shipping table is something you need in your store? In this article, I'll show you how to configure it using a free plugin. You'll be able to create your own shipping rules based on weight and total order cost. There are more options, too. I'll show them to you.
What is the shipping table?
It is a format a shop manager uses to write down the shipping rules such as:
- add $10 to the shipping cost if all items from the order weight from 1 lb to 5 lbs
- subtract $3 from the shipping cost if items from shipping class XYZ appears in the cart
- add $8 to the shipping cost if there are more than 5 items in the order.
Every store has its own shipping rules. They depend on the industry, shop size or carrier companies a store works with.
How does shipping table look like?
Let's use the previous example.
This is how those shipping rules look like in the form of a shipping table.
It's definitely easier to understand how your store calculates the shipping cost.
Also, you can provide rules in this form for the shipping plugin. The one that will calculate shipping cost automatically.
What plugin can I use for shipping table?
Flexible Shipping is the leader of WooCommerce shipping table plugins.
Over 50,000 people use this plugin daily.
People not only use it, but they also love it!
You can download Flexible Shipping for free!
How to configure shipping table in Flexible Shipping?
Again, we'll use the previous example.
Once you add a new shipping method, configure rules like this:
These rules are strange in fact. I hardly can imagine a store that uses such rules in their shipping table.
Also, we need to use a shipping class on this shipping table. Flexible Shipping supports shipping classes but only in the PRO version.
So, let's use some other example. It's kind of a basic example but it's still powerful. Also, you don't need a PRO version here.
Shipping rules go like this:
- Add $10 to the shipping cost if items in an order weight up to 10 lbs,
- for 1 to 3.99 lbs, add an additional $1 to the shipping cost or
- if items in an order weight from 4 to 6.99 lbs, add an additional $2 to the shipping cost or
- for an order weighing from 7 to 10 lbs, add an additional $3 to the shipping cost.
- If the total cost of the order is more than $100, add an additional $5 to the shipping cost (for the insurance).
How can we write these rules down?
As you see, a shipping table is a very useful tool to write down shipping rules. This way you can easily automate shipping cost calculation.
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