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Working with shipping methods

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Video: Working with shipping methods

Once you have nailed down the checkout process for your store here inside of Magento Go, you also need to set up something called shipping methods. And the shipping method refers to how are you going to get the products that people buy to the customers? In order to set this up, you are going to go to the System section and you're going to go down to Configuration again. Once you've reached the Configuration section, scroll down and on the left-hand side, find the link that says Shipping Methods. Once you get to the Shipping Methods home screen, this is going to show you all of the different options that you have available to you.

Working with shipping methods

Once you have nailed down the checkout process for your store here inside of Magento Go, you also need to set up something called shipping methods. And the shipping method refers to how are you going to get the products that people buy to the customers? In order to set this up, you are going to go to the System section and you're going to go down to Configuration again. Once you've reached the Configuration section, scroll down and on the left-hand side, find the link that says Shipping Methods. Once you get to the Shipping Methods home screen, this is going to show you all of the different options that you have available to you.

And so the first one is just going to be the easiest one and that's Flat Rate. And so Flat Rate means you offer the same shipping method for everything and it's the same price across the board. If you want to do this, that's fine, it is the easiest way to do it and you can just set up all of these different options based on this. The first thing you need to do though is set it to yes, title it whatever you want to call it. Method Name, whatever you want to call that, set it per item, per order or none. In this case, I am going to do Per Order and then you could do something like $5 per order, whatever it might be.

This is going to get a little dicey though, depending on what you're selling and it's not actually recommended to do this as well. Now if you are selling the same thing over and over and over, let's say you're selling just one single product that weighs the same across the board, there is very little variation and you already know the weight and how much it costs to ship, flat rate shipping might be the answer for you. If you're selling lots of products that vary in weight and size and things like that, this is probably not the option for you, so set this to No, and then collapse that back up. And you can go in and you can change some of these others.

Table Rates Shipping, lets you calculate shipping rates based on the combination of several conditions. This can be based on weight versus destination, price versus destination or number of items versus destinations. So you can come in here and you can enable that and then you can change the condition here and then make all of these different edits accordingly. You can also offer free shipping. If you want to offer free shipping, that's something that's pretty popular here on the web today, a lot of companies offering free shipping. And then you have several different versions of carriers that you are able to use as well.

UPS stands for United Parcel Service, and it offers domestic and international shipping services. You can also use USPS, which is the United States Postal Service. It's the independent postal service of the US government. You also have FedEx (Deprecated) which is sort of out of date at this time, and most of the time people are going to use FedEx. So FedEx here, you can enable this and then enter in your information. In most cases with these, what you're going to have to do is set up an account with these carriers. So you need to go to UPS and get an account, FedEx and get an account, or DHL and get an account, because you're going to have to enter in those credentials somewhere along the line inside of these carrier dropdowns.

So if you're using UPS, FedEx, DHL, whatever it might be, go set up an account because you are going to need stuff like your access ID and your password as well as your account number in order to make this work. If you're just going to be sending it on your own, using the United States Postal Service, you can do that, you don't necessarily have to have a username or ID. If you want to offer flat rate Shipping, again, no accounts or anything required for that, and certainly with free shipping there's nothing to worry about. Once you have finished with that, just go ahead and hit Save Configuration and that saves it and now your shipping methods are determined for each of your products that is a global setting that affects all of your orders and all of your stores.

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