It’s always the little things that get you to like something and make something easier…
Having an online store that requires you to ship out goods to online buyers or stores can get a bit complex organization wise. Trying to calculate and figure out the best and least expensive way of getting your product from point A to point B is a real pain in the head.
I have found the following plugin very practical and simple to use, not to mention that it is free, and it has more features and abilities that one might think!
WooCommerce Weight Based Shipping
This is a must-have plugin if your business has anything to do with shipping or the transportation of goods. The amount of time and headache one can save with this plugin is immeasurable.
I have been beating my head over how I am going to calculate all of these shipping expenses without putting too much time into it all. Then, I don’t even know how I stumbled upon this plugin, and I’m very glad that I have.
It is very easy and fast to install and set up. As for the whole creation of shipping rules, well, those are also very easy and fast to set up and use (I just couldn’t believe it)!
It has all that you will need to set up your price quotas, shipping expenses, customs, and so on. Well, it all depends on what you want. You can make it so that each type of item has its own set of rules that it follows when calculating shipping costs and other variables.
This is very handy, especially when you have multiple types of goods that have to be shipped all over the place. It also means that you can set a rule that the shipping price will be higher for things like mugs (because they are fragile and take up more space) and that the cost of shipping things like T-shirts will be lower.
You can also change the designation by stating what type of package it is (big, small, etc.) and then set the pricing that way.
Then you have to designate the weight of it all. You can set what the shipping price is going to be on each given weight. It is brilliant because you can set the exact amount of money that it will cost extra when a product reaches any given weight point. You can even set it up so that when the weight exceeds, let’s say, 3 kilograms; then, each additional kilogram will cost an extra 2$.
If the subtotal amount of money reaches a certain point, you have the ability to ship the item for free. This is good because you can say that everyone who spends over, let’s say, 400$ will have their product shipped free of shipping charges. This is good for both you and the customer because the customer gets free shipping, and you give them the initiative to spend a little extra money in order to get free shipping! Sounds awesome, right?
By now, you must have noticed that you can do more than just set the price tag for certain things depending on their weight. You can also change the price tag depending on where the shipment is headed. You can calculate how much customs or fuel costs for each country and add them to the shipping costs of each specific good you want to be transported. If you have a lot of customers in Europe, then this is very handy, helpful and practical!
If you are still feeling unsure if you want to install this and try it out, then you should go to their official website. Not to read about all of the things that I just mentioned, but rather to check out their demo on the plugin where you can play around with it and see for yourselves just how quick and simple it really is to use!
No matter the size of your business, if you have products that have to be shipped from point A to point B, then WooCommerce Weight Based Shipping is the way to go!
Not only does it give you the ability to change the pricing of shipping depends on the weight of the item, but it also gives you a couple of other options as well. I particularly like the whole county list thing because it gives you more options, especially when you live in Europe.
I am very pleased with this plugin overall, it does exactly what its name implies, and the support team is absolutely on point and very helpful.