WooCommerce Settings

How to configure WooCommerce Shipping Settings?

WooCommerce Settings

WooCommerce Settings and Options:

  1. How to configure WooCommerce General Settings
  2. How to configure WooCommerce Products Settings
  3. How to configure WooCommerce Tax Settings
  4. How to configure WooCommerce Shipping Settings
  5. How to configure WooCommerce Payments Settings
  6. How to configure WooCommerce Account and Privacy Settings
  7. How to configure WooCommerce Email Settings
  8. How to configure WooCommerce Advanced Settings

 It is known that product shipping availability plays an important role in influencing customers who tend to make a purchase. WooCommerce has built-in Shipping settings that allow you to easily configure and manage your shipping options.

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To set up shipping in WooCommerce, you first set up shipping zones, then add methods to those zones, and lastly, rates to your methods. You can create as many zones as you like, and add multiple methods and rates to each zone.

Shipping Zones

A Shipping Zone is a geographical area to which you ship items. You can get as specific as you need, right down to regions and zip codes, or you can leave it more general – whichever suits you best.
Customers only see the methods available for their address and corresponding zone. Each customer matches only one zone.
For example, you could create these zones in WooCommerce:

Zone name Region Shipping methods
Local California ZIP 90210 Local pickup
Domestic All US states 2 Flat rates named “standard” and “priority”
Europe Countries in Europe Flat rate shipping

Add as many zones as you need, with each zone containing multiple shipping methods.

Shipping zones were introduced in WooCommerce 2.6. You can still use things like Flat Rate, Free Shipping, and Local Pickup. After updating to 2.6 you are asked to turn off your legacy shipping methods and switch to shipping zone based methods.

Adding and managing zones

To set up shipping zones, go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping. If you don’t see Shipping as an option, go back to WooCommerce > General and take a look at settings at Shipping Location(s) – you may need to enable shipping settings there!

The first time you visit WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping, there is a prompt to add a new zone, and a default zone.

Locations not covered by your other zones is used for customers who do not match any of the custom zones you add. Adding methods to this zone is completely optional, depending on your needs.

If a customer enters a shipping address that is in a zone without shipping methods, they will be informed that no shipping is available.

Since zones match from top to bottom, you can also exclude regions from shipping by adding a zone for that region and assigning no shipping methods to it.

Adding a new zone

    1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones.
    2. Select Add shipping zone at the top.
    1. Enter a descriptive Zone Name, and select Zone Regions that apply. Regions can consist of: a) Countries, b) States, c) Continents.
  1. Select Limit to specific zip/postcodes (if applicable) to further narrow which customers match this zone. For example, you can set a local zone with a specific set of postcodes (one per line); a range of postcodes (e.g. 90210…99000), or use wildcards (e.g. CB23*).
  2. Select which Shipping Methods are available to this zone.
  3. Save changes.

In the below example, we created three zones – Local, Domestic, and North America – to demonstrate how zones can be set up.

Sorting shipping zones

Shipping zones match customer address from top to bottom — the first to match the customer address is always used. If no custom zones match, then Locations not covered by your other zones is used.
To sort and reorder zones:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones.
  2. Hover and click on the far left handles. A four-point icon appears on the screen.
  3. Drag and drop.

Editing shipping zones

To edit a shipping zone:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones.
  2. Hover over Zone Name, and the option to Edit and Delete appear.
  3. Select Edit, and a screen appears so you can change the name, regions or shipping methods.
  4. Save changes.

The Locations not covered by your other zones section cannot be moved, renamed or deleted because it acts as a default when no other zones apply.

To delete a shipping zone:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones.
  2. Hover over Zone Name, and the option to Edit and Delete appear.
  3. Select Delete, and the Shipping Zone is deleted.

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