Default WooCommerce Shipping Methods

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While setting up your shipping strategy, you will be able to set a bunch of default WooCommerce shipping methods. Let’s look into each of these in this article.

Flat Rate Shipping

Flat Rate Shipping is available as a core WooCommerce option. As you may have already seen, shipping methods are nested under shipping zones. You need to create a shipping zone first and then under that shipping zone you can create individual shipping methods and define rates for each of these methods.

Read our WooCommerce Basics Quick Guide article on shipping to know more about setting up shipping methods under a shipping zone.

To access these shipping methods, you can go to WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping

In Shipping zones sub-menu, go to the row of the specific shipping zone where you want to define flat rate.

Selecting a shipping zone
Selecting a shipping zone

As an example, we will go to ‘My First Shipping Zone.’ You can see all the available shipping methods under this zone are listed. You can hover the cursor around the flat rate and click ‘Settings.’

Selecting flat rate shipping
Selecting flat rate shipping

Alternatively, you can also access the shipping method setting directly from the list of shipping zones by clicking the name of the shipping method from the right side column titled ‘Shipping Method(s).’

Selecting flat rate settings from shipping zones list
Selecting flat rate settings from shipping zones list

Editing Flat Rate

When you click Flat Rate the settings for Flat Rate Shipping is displayed. You can edit ‘Method Title’, ‘Tax Status’ and ‘Cost’ here.

Flat Rate Settings
Flat Rate Settings

Of these, Cost field has some advanced features that’ll help you set multiple rates according to your specific requirements.

You can set a simple flat rate (for example, $5), or use the set of available placeholders described below:

  • [qty] – based on the number of items. If you want to charge $5 for each item in the cart, you can set the rate as [qty] * 5.
  • [cost] – based on the total cost of the order. If you wish to set 15% of the total cost, you can set as [cost] * 0.15
  • [fee] – for a percentage-based fee on a minimum shipping rate. If you want to charge 15% of the total cost, and prefers to set a minimum shipping cost of $8, you can set this as [fee percent=”15″ min_fee=”8″]. If you want to charge 10% of the total cost with $15 as the minimum shipping cost, it will be [fee percent=”10″ minimum_fee=”15″]
Advanced cost settings
Advanced cost settings

Additional flat rate settings when you define shipping classes

You can use the above-mentioned placeholders to add additional rates for specific shipping classes as well. In the below screenshot, see the Cost field for the shipping class “Bulky,” which is a shipping class we created for bulky products.

You can also set an additional fee for products that do not come under any shipping class in the ‘No Shipping Class Cost’ field.

When shipping charges from multiple shipping classes are considered, you need to specify how these calculations are carried out. Choose from:

  • Per Class: Charge shipping for each shipping class individually.
  • Per Order: Charge shipping for the most expensive shipping class.
Flat rate for shipping class
Flat rate for shipping class

Local Pickup

The data fields for setting up Local Pickup is similar to those of Flat Rate. Once you click Local Pickup from the list of shopping zones, the settings screen will be displayed as the screenshot below.

Just enter values in the three fields, click Save changes button and you’re good to go.

Local Pickup Settings
Local Pickup Settings

You need to purchase extensions if you want to set further functionalities to Local pickup like pickup from multiple locations.

Free Shipping

Free Shipping can be configured by updating the title, and setting up any of the following clauses to the customer to claim free shipping:

  • Valid free shipping coupon
  • Minimum order amount
  • Either minimum order amount OR a coupon
  • A minimum order amount AND a coupon

Offering free shipping can be a good promotional strategy for your store, and you can use it only during fixed time periods to encourage the customer to buy more products from your store.