Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Method for WooCommerce

Advanced Flat Rate Shipping for WooCommerce is useful for WooCommerce store owners who want to charge a fixed amount of money or flat rate for shipping products while applying different conditions on the cart.

This extension will only work when you manually create shipping methods and add the correct rules per your store’s needs. It will not work automatically just by installing it.

Requirements ↑ Back to top

  • WordPress 3.8 and above

Installation

  • Create a WooCommerce account or log into your existing WooCommerce Account.
  • Download the Advanced Flat Rate Plugin for WooCommerce Plugin as a Zip file using your account.
  • Now, go to the admin dashboard of your WordPress website and Open the plugin, from which, the new plugins are updated i.e. WordPress Admin Dashboard > Plugins > Add New.
  • Click on Upload Plugin and upload the file you’d downloaded.
  • Once the uploading is complete, select Install Now.
  • After successful installation, activate the WooCommerce plugin. To confirm that you’ve done it right, check the left side of your WordPress Plugin dashboard. If you can see the name of Plugin listed in the menu bar, the plugin is installed well and is ready for use.

How it works ↑ Back to top

The Advanced Flat Rate Shipping for WooCommerce lets the WooCommerce store owners create unlimited flat rate shipping methods. Using Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Method For WooCommerce plugin, it becomes an easy task to put multiple restrictions, based on different criteria, on your online shop.
Basically, you can apply rules related to following parameters using Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Method For WooCommerce Plugin currently –

  • Country
  • State
  • Postal code
  • Zone
  • Product name
  • Category name
  • Tag
  • SKU
  • Variable product name
  • Cart subtotal before the discount
  • Cart subtotal after discount
  • Quantity of items in cart
  • Coupon code
  • Product weight
  • Shipping class

Alongside, store owners are allowed to set flat rates, choose start & end dates for a method, decide whether or not the shipping fee will be taxed, and do a few more flat-rate shipping related things.
The robustly-coded WordPress plugin is very flexible, offers extended features and lets you customize your shipping process the way you want. Install it with your e-commerce website apply flat rate shipping charges based on location, user-related properties, product-related aspects and cart-specific parameters on the purchases happening through your store.

Here are a few quick examples for plugin usage –

  • Apply free shipping for the customers in New York and Sydney.
  • Apply $5 shipping charge for the buyers making a purchase worth $50 or less.
  • Charge $50 for shipping a mobile phone to Britain.
  • Charge $2 for shipping a black-colored t-shirt (variable product) to anyplace in a particular state of the US.
  • Charge no shipping money if a buyer purchases 15 footballs in one go.

This is how it will look like, once applied to your customer’s cart –

Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Method for WooCommerce
Flat Rate Shipping Methods, as applied on a cart through this plugin.

Getting Started ↑ Back to top

To understand how this plugin can be deployed to add different flat rate shipping related methods and rules for your WooCommerce store, you should understand it step-by-step. In this section, we are going to tell you about the main modules or functionalities of the plugin.

Shipping Methods ↑ Back to top

WooCommerce store owners can create unlimited shipping methods from the main plugin dashboard. For this, you have to click on ‘Add Shipping Method’, add details to your method and save it. These methods can be enabled and disabled.

Create Shipping Method by Clicking on Add New Shipping Method for Advanced flat rate shipping plugins
Create Shipping Method by Clicking on Add New Shipping Method

 

Shipping methods compromise multiple rules and details, which – together – defines the purpose of your method. It is the seller who fills all the information about how a particular flat rate shipping method will operate. While shipping rules define the scope of your method and decide when or when not your method will work, configuration parameters save the details such as shipping rates to be applied for that condition and other such data. A Shipping method may have multiple shipping rules.

Fee Configuration Form ↑ Back to top

When you will click on the ‘Add New Shipping Method’, you will be redirected to a dedicated method creation page. This page will have two sections; Fee Configuration Form is the first of these and looks like as under –

Fee Configuration Form for Creating Flat Rate Shipping Method
Fee Configuration Form for Creating Flat Rate Shipping Method

 

In this section, you have to add –

  • Status of your shipping method can be enabled or disabled. You can set this toggle button to ‘enabled’, if you want your method to work and ‘disabled’, if you don’t want it to affect your WooCommerce shop.
  • Shipping method name, which should be an understandable phrase as it’ll be later used for re-accessing the method. This name will also be visible for your buyers on the cart page.
  • Shipping charge is the field, in which, you have to specify the flat rate cost for the method you’re creating.

Note – If you want to increase this flat rate charge by a particular amount of additional items are purchased, check ‘Apply per quantity’ and insert the amount to be added per item. For example – If you add a $3 shipping rate for a Cake and mention the additional charge as $0.5, then 4 cakes will be charged $4.5 ($3 + $0.5 + $0.5 + $0.5) as the shipping fee.

  • Tooltip Description is a short description of your method. It will be visible to your customers if they’ll hover on the method name in their cart.
  • Is Amount Taxable?’ dropdown facilitates you to specify whether or not you want to apply taxes for the shipping amount.
  • Estimated Delivery Time field is for specifying the estimated duration or day for shipping so that buyers could know about it.
  • Start Date field is for adding a date, from which your method will be applicable. Because of this option, you can create your shipping methods in advance and schedule their start date. It is an optional field and can be left blank.

End date field is for adding an end date or expiry date to your method. It saves you from the troubles which may occur if you forget to disable your shipping method even after the actual sale/offer is over. This field is optional too. You may add an end date or leave this field blank, as per your eCommerce store’s needs.

Shipping Rules or Conditions ↑ Back to top

This is the next section of the Shipping Method Page. It allows the online shop owners to create multiple shipping rules so that the scope of the created method could be specified. Rules can be created for the following parameters:

Parameters, for which, shipping rules can be created
Parameters, for which, shipping rules can be created

The form for adding shipping rules –

Shipping Method Rule Creation Form for adding one or more methods to your method

Shipping Method Rule Creation Form for adding one or more methods to your method

In this form, you can choose the parameter from the left dropdown list, a conditional operator from the middle dropdown list and add the values to be compared in the right side field. Also, you can add as many rules to a method as you want. For that, click on ‘Add Rule’ and repeat the process for creating a rule (as described in the previous paragraph).

Following conditional operators are allowed –

  • Equal to (=)
  • Not equal to (! =)
  • Less than (<)
  • Less than or equal to (< =)
  • Greater than (>)
  • Greater than or equal to (> =)

WooCommerce store owners can also create Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Rules for a few commonly-used conditions, such as the ones for products, categories, cart quantity, product weight, and cart weight.

Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Rules - Create Rules faster and easily.
Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Rules – Create Rules faster and easily.

 

Using Advanced Shipping Price Rules, you can add a parameter, minimum value, maximum value and the fee amount for a rule and save yourselves from creating multiple flat rate rules. It could be used when you have a few common conditions, like location, etc. and you want to apply different shipping rates from different parameters for that condition.

Custom Shipping Zones ↑ Back to top

It is common for e-commerce shop owners to create similar shipping methods for a set of locations. You might be thinking that you will have to add all the locations separately to your shipping methods, but this is not required. To simplify your work, we allow the creation of custom shipping zones. These zones can be created by online shop owners and utilized in the shipping methods later on.

Custom shipping Zones could be of 3 types –

  • For countries
  • For states and countries
  • For zip codes (cities or regions from different countries)

To create a zone, you just have to go to Manage Shipping Zones > Add Shipping Zones and add details like shipping zone name, shipping zone type (radio button) and places for the zone we’re creating.

This is the form for adding a custom shipping zone –

Countries Based Shipping Zone

Add one or more countries to your shipping zone and re-use the set of countries by adding the shipping zone to your shipping methods.

Add shipping zone by state in Advance flat rate shipping plugins
Add shipping zone by state in Advance flat rate shipping plugins

 

States and countries Based Shipping Zone

Add one or more states and countries to your shipping zone and save your zone. You can always add the name of shipping zones while creating a shipping method.

Postcodes Based Shipping Zone

Add one or multiple postal codes for one country to your custom shipping zones.

By creating these custom zones, you can avoid the hassle of adding multiple locations in your methods multiple times. So, avoid repetition and work faster.

 

Once you’ve added these details, save your custom shipping zone and use it in the shipping methods whenever you want.

Master Settings ↑ Back to top

There are a few times when your buyers’ cart has more than one shipping method applied to it. In such cases, you might want to apply all or one shipping methods as per the optimality. Master settings help you in that. You can find the master settings section on the main plugin page itself. It is present just below the list of shipping methods you’ve added to the date.

10 Master setting for Advanced Flat rate shipping plugin

 

There are 4 ways you can resolve the conflict of multiple shipping methods –

  • Minimum shipping charges
  • Maximum shipping charges
  • Let your customer choose an optimal shipping method to be applied to the cart.
  • Force all the shipping methods on the plugin

Using master settings, it can be done easily. You just have to choose your preference and save the settings.

Now, in order to quickly summarize the scope of Advanced Flat Rate Plugin and define the operations’ meaning, here is a quick table –

 

Parameter Modifier What does it do?
Country Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular country or a set of countries. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart excludes a particular country or a set of countries. 
State Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular state or a set of states.
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart excludes a particular state or a set of states.
Postcode Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular postcode or a set of postcodes. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart excludes a particular postcode or a set of postcodes.
Zone

[You can create zones using

this plugin itself]

Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular zone or a set of zones. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart excludes a particular zone or a set of zones.
Product Name Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular product or a set of products. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a particular product or a set of products. 
Variable Product Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular variation of a product or a set of variable products. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a particular variation of a product or a set of variable products. 
Category Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains products belonging to a particular category or more categories. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain products belonging to a particular category or more categories. 
Tag Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular tag or a set of tags on its items. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a particular tag or a set of tags on its items. 
SKU Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular Product SKU or a set of product SKUs. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a particular Product SKU or a set of product SKUs. 
User Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a particular username or a set of usernames. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a particular username or a set of usernames.
User Role Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains users with a particular user role. You can add one or more user roles for this query. 
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart excludes users with a particular user role. You can add one or more user roles for this query. 
Cart subtotal 

(You can determine whether you want to apply

this condition to the cart subtotal before Discount

or the cart subtotal after Discount)

Equal to (=) It checks if the cart subtotal is equal to a particular amount.
Not equal to (!=) It checks if the cart subtotal is NOT equal to a particular amount.
Less than or equal to (<=) It checks if the cart subtotal is less than or equal to a particular amount.
Less than (<) It checks if the cart subtotal is less than a particular amount.
Greater than or equal to (>=) It checks if the cart subtotal is greater than or equal to a particular amount.
Greater than (>) It checks if the cart subtotal is greater than a particular amount.
Quantity Equal to (=) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is equal to a particular amount.
Not equal to (!=) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is NOT equal to a particular amount.
Less than or equal to (<=) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is less than or equal to a particular amount.
Less than (<) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is less than a particular amount.
Greater than or equal to (>=) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is greater than or equal to a particular amount.
Greater than (>) It checks if the quantity of items in user’s cart is greater than a particular amount.
Weight Equal to (=) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is equal to a particular amount.
Not equal to (!=) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is NOT equal to a particular amount.
Less than or equal to (<=) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is less than or equal to a particular amount.
Less than (<) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is less than a particular amount.
Greater than or equal to (>=) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is greater than or equal to a particular amount.
Greater than (>) It checks if the weight of cart or product (in case of additional conditions) is greater than a particular amount.
Shipping Class Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a shipping class out of the one or more shipping classes as added to this list.
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a shipping class out of the one or more shipping classes as added to this list.
Coupon Equal to (=) It matches if the cart contains a coupon code out of the one or more coupons added to this list.
Not equal to (!=) It matches if the cart does not contain a coupon code out of the one or more coupons added to this list.

 

Examples ↑ Back to top

Note – For all the flat rate shipping methods, the fee configuration form will be filled in a similar manner. As we’ve already specified how to fill that form and what do the fields of fee configuration form mean, we are skipping that part. In this section, our focus will be on giving examples of how to create conditional shipping rules [one or multiple] for your store.

Example 1 – Enable free shipping for your WooCommerce Store

In the fee configuration form, specify the shipping charge to be Zero (0). If you want to apply free shipping for your whole cart, do not add any condition in the conditional shipping rule section and save settings.

Add Shipping Method form for Advanced flat rate shipping plugin

If you want to apply free shipping charges for a particular condition, add rules related to it, for example –

  1. For running a free shipping offer in a particular state (let’s say – California), add a state-specific rule and mention the name of that state.
  2. To offer your customers free shipping services for the Televisions category, add a category-specific rule and mention the category as ‘televisions’.
  3. If you want to supply Televisions to California for free, apply both the conditional rules which we’d created above.
    Save settings to apply your changes.

Example 2 – Creating a Flat Rate Shipping Method for Buyers belonging to Albania

For this, create a country-specific rule and fill ‘Albania’ in the value field for comparison. Add the flat rate charges in the fee configuration form and save the settings.

 

Creating a Flat Rate Shipping Method based on country

Example 3 – Create a Shipping Rule for a Variable Product

Consider that you want to charge $2 for shipping of black large-size variant of a Product named ‘WordPress Pennant’. To do so, you will have to select ‘cart containing variable product’ option and type the name of variant so that the desired product could be added in the right-side box.

Create a Shipping Rule for a Variable Product

Specify the flat rate shipping cost ($2) and other details in the fee configuration form before you save the settings.

Example 4 – Set Flat Rate Shipping Rule for your Subscribers

Want to give your subscribers a discount on shipping?

Do it by specifying a separate cost for shipping using Advanced Flat Rate Shipping For WooCommerce Plugin. Just add a User role specific rule and mention ‘subscriber’ as its value for comparison.

Set Flat Rate Shipping Rule for your Subscribers

Now, specify the shipping charge for them and you’re done!

Example 5 – Set Shipping Cost Based on Coupons

Are you running some sales on your e-commerce store through coupons?

You can give your customers a shipping discount for applying coupons using our plugin.

For this, shop owners just have to apply a coupon-specific conditional rule [in this example – code939615] and add the shipping charge for this overall method in the fee configuration form. Finally, save settings.

Set Shipping Cost Based on Coupons

 

Example #6 – Applying Specific Flat Rate Shipping Charges when purchases 5 or More items of the same product.

In all the above examples, we’ve added 1 rule per method. However, it is not a restriction. You can add as many rules to your shipping rules to your methods as you want.

For instance –

If you are willing to specify a shipping charge for 5 items of a Logo Collection product, you’ll specify it in a similar way as we’ve done in the screenshot below –

Flat Rate Shipping Charges

 

Similarly, you can create hundreds of such methods and rules as per your e-commerce store’s needs.

FAQs ↑ Back to top

  1. How can I charge two different shipping rates for two variants of one product? Is it possible through Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Plugin?

Basically, this WordPress extension supports adding flat rate shipping charges for variable products. So yes, it is possible and very easy to do using this WooCommerce plugin.
Procedure – You just have to create two separate flat rate shipping methods with different shipping charges. Now, add the conditional rule with ‘cart containing variable product’ to both the shipping methods while adding the value of variant 1 in method and the value of variant 2 in another method. Save both and your task is done.

      2. Is it possible to apply free shipping for my online store using this plugin with some restrictions, like for one city, or one product, or so on?

Totally. You can hassle-freely apply free shipping rule to your WooCommerce store – with or without restrictions. Just specify the shipping cost as Zero (0) and add your rules (or add no rules in you want to apply free shipping rule for the whole shop). Scroll a bit back in this page itself and refer to Example 1 for more details.

     3. I need this plugin, though cannot use it for my requirement directly. Can I get it customized if I pay for that?

Our team is always here to listen to customization queries and support requests. We can make it work for your store and customize the plugin as per your requirement. Just reach out to us and get a quote.

    4. Is it compatible with multi-lingual eCommerce Stores?

Yes. Advanced flat rate shipping plugin is compatible with WPML and therefore, you won’t face to deploy it with the multi-lingual shop. With it, serving to multiple locations/countries and applying flat rate shipping charges for those locations is an easy task.

Support ↑ Back to top

If you have any query before making the purchase of this plugin, you can always reach out to us by filling this pre-sale form. Additionally, you can send us plugin customization requests too.

However, it might add up the cost.

If you’ve already purchased our plugin and want support, contact us through the helpdesk.

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