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How to set up WooCommerce shipping method based on Zone?

To run your e-commerce store effectively, you should learn implementing the advanced shipping methods for every type of locations and location sets.

If you are using the Advanced Rate Shipping Method for WooCommerce Plugin and do not know how the ones and shipping methods related to zones work, this how-to guide on ‘How to set up WooCommerce shipping method based on Zone?’ is to give you a quick and thorough understanding of it.

Let’s first understand how to create zones and then we’ll move to the procedure of creating zone-based methods.

How to make a zone?

Follow the enlisted steps:

1. To make any zone, first, you’ll need to navigate to ‘Add Shipping Zone’ option and click on it.

Add new shipping zone
2. In the next step, you have to add the name of shipping zone and choose a zone type.

Set zone name

3. There are three types of zones for managing shipping charges through the rule or rule sets you’ve made:

A. Making The Zone Containing Multiple Countries

There is an option named ‘THIS SHIPPING ZONE IS BASED ON ONE OR MORE COUNTRIES’. Select it and choose the countries you want:

Set zone type

B.Making The Zone Containing Multiple States

In the same way, you can add the multiple states and create their zone. These states may belong to the same country or multiple countries. For a better understanding, see this figure and find the option as shown here:

Shipping zone as state & countries

C. Making the zone comprising Different countries and their states.

Advanced Shipping Methods allow you to deal with the clients all over the world. Complete countries and states from different countries can be selected at once, in order to ease down your task. To create such a zone, here’s what you’ll do:

Shipping zone as countries

D. Making the zone for the Postcodes.

Zip codes or postcodes or postal codes – whatever these area-wise codes are called in your country – could be added in one zone. For this, you will need to select the relevant option (as in the figure). After that, choose a country and fill the postal codes, which you want to add to the zone.

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Postcode based zone

How to Create Zone-based methods?

As you have learned to create different types of zones using this WooCommerce Plugin, the half task is done already. Now, here’s the second half:

Part 1: Adding Method

To add a new method click on: ‘Add New Shipping Method’.

Add new shipping method rule

Once you click on this button, a form will appear [Form below].

Shipping method configuration

Give an understandable name and a good tooltip description of your method so that everyone can understand it. If you do this, your co-workers can easily understand the shipping charges for a particular product in your absence too.

Other fields like estimated time, starting date, and ending date etc. are to be filled too.

Fill out the form and scroll down to add rules.

Part 2: Adding Rules to a Method

To add the rules corresponding to your method, you need to click on the option ‘Add Rule’. The section must be looking like this:

Shipping method rules

You may add one rule or multiple rules as needed.

By adding multiple rules, you can easily set the shipping charges for the multiple products, not only for the states but for the countries as well. It means by using the Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Methods, you can deliver products to your customers all over the world – while charging the adequate amount from them.

Now, as you have to add a zone, simply choose ‘Zone’ from the drop-down, as done in the figure.

Zone based shipping rule

On the right side, you can fill the name of the zone, which you created in the previous part of the tutorial.

If you require assistance in using the plugin or wondering what Advanced Rate Shipping Method for WooCommerce Plugin does send your queries to us. To use it for your e-commerce store, download it from the link given above.

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