Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Print shipping labels, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] If you get a quote from USPS or some other shipping provider, you can pack up the boxes, bring them to the office, get them weighed, measured, and finally pay for them. It's a bit of a process. If you have 10 orders going out, you could easily spend an hour or two getting all of this done. A few e-commerce platforms make this easier by letting you print shipping labels directly in the platform itself. Lucky for you, WooCommerce is one of these platforms. We're going to be using the stamps.com API extension, which works with USPS.
If you want to use a different service like FedEx or UPS, you can look into ShippingEasy or ShipStation. Services like these usually make shipping easier, but charge a monthly fee, and you have to do all of the processing, all of the label printing in their platform, which is just an extra step. I've already gone ahead and purchased the stamps.com extension and installed it. I'm going to activate it on my site and then I'm going to set it up. Under WooCommerce, Settings, and then Stamps.com, we can see the settings.
I won't show the whole account creation process right now, but you'll need to create a stamps.com account and put a few dollars in it. Then you can copy your username and password here. Before we can continue, we need to get rid of this ZIP code error right up here. To do that, we just need to go down here, and enter our shipping address. The error's gone, so now we can actually get a quote and print it out. Let's go to the front end to take a look. I'll add one of these to the cart, I'll check out.
That looks good. I'll go for the $6 one here and let's proceed to checkout. I'll ship it to myself. This looks good, I'm not going to change anything. For this test, I have purposely put on Direct Bank Transfer as a payment gateway, because it doesn't actually transfer funds. It's very easy to test things with this gateway, because you just click the Place Order button, and see if it shows up in the back end. Looks like the order's been received. Let's take a look at that in the back end. WooCommerce, Orders. Now we can see our order right here.
Let's go into it and now we can see right over here on the right hand side, there's an extra panel that isn't normally here that lets us print out shipping labels. Let's go ahead and click Continue. Now, because I entered a fake address, this happened. Usually, if you have an actual accurate address, this shouldn't happen. Let's click Continue Anyway. If stamps.com asks you for this information, you need to fill in the value, the length, and the height here. And this is of the package. Let's click Get Rates and now we see a list of rates available to us.
We can select one that the user didn't select. I'm, however, going to honor the request and go with Priority Mail Flat Rate. I'll scroll down. There's a couple different boxes here. The small one will be fine. There's a few more options here, insurance and signatures. For us, we're just going to use the basic service. One last thing to point out. This price right here, 590, is slightly less than what the user is paying, which is 645. That's because stamps.com includes a slight discount on all USPS labels.
Let's click Request Label. Now we can click View. We'll let the PDF load and here's the label. We can print this out on any printer at home. Obviously, when you have an actual stamps.com account and not a test account, you won't see the Void or the Sample. The last thing to do before you finish any order is just to mark it as complete, which is right over there, and save the order. That's an overview of how you print out shipping labels.
- Why WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Adding products, including images and data
- Creating a subscription product
- Setting up shipping
- Configuring payment options
- Setting up taxes
- Customizing your theme
- Connecting Google Analytics and MailChimp
- Managing orders and reports