Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Set up live rates, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] There's a few different ways to get live rates for your store. WooCommerce Connect is a brand new service that's not quite ready for live sites, but it lets you use live rates from USPS without even having to enter any API keys. When it's actually launched, it should be the easiest service to set up and it should be free. You'll have to sign up for the service on this page and they'll send you instructions and keep you up to date. The other way to get live rates is to use one of the premium extensions on WooCommerce.
There's a few of these available. The most popular are USPS, UPS, and FedEx. I've already purchased, downloaded, and installed this plugin. Let's go ahead and activate it. Plugins, then I'll scroll down to WooCommerce USPS. Now we can go ahead to go to WooCommerce, Settings, and Shipping, and we can see a few options right here under USPS. We can enter our own custom key, but the default key here is fine.
If we have any problems with shipping, we can turn on Debug Mode and it'll send us some information. Let's go back to our Shipping Zones, and add live rates, and this time we'll add them for all of Colorado. USPS, Add shipping method. Now let's go ahead and configure it. We can change the title, but I think USPS is a perfectly solid option. For Flat Rates, I recommend leaving this on. This way, you'll get all of the default flat rate services like Flat Rate Box and such. If you know a ton about USPS, you can change some of these options.
You can even go in here and adjust all of the different options. I'll go ahead and leave mine set as they are, but I will change one thing. I want to pack my items into boxes. If you do this, you need to make sure that you have a weight and dimension set for every single one of your products. Otherwise, they won't be able to be packed and then you won't be able to ship anything. Let's go ahead and add a box. I'll call this Small box. The Inner Length is just in case you have very thick boxes, and sometimes the box weighs quite a bit, sometimes not so much.
You can go ahead and repeat this process for all of the boxes you have. Then WooCommerce will automatically pack and figure out how many boxes you need. Once you're all done here, just click Save changes. I haven't added a weight or dimension to my product. Let's go ahead and do that quickly and then we'll see what this looks like in the cart. Go to my B-Complex, and I'll go to the Shipping tab. For Weight, let's go ahead and put something like .25 pounds. And for Dimensions, it's pretty tiny. We'll go with 4 by 2 by 2.
And now let's update this. Now we can go and add the product to our cart and we should see options. Now I did set this to Colorado, not local delivery, so I'll change this to some other number so that way it does not fall under local delivery, and now I see two USPS rates and the user can checkout. If you use UPS or FedEx, the process is very similar, you just have to get the right plugin.
- 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