Shipping Methods

Shipping Methods allows you to configure the available shipping methods which will be presented to your customers.


Pre-Selected Shipping Method

This setting allows you to configure the shipping method which will be selected for new carts by default. After changing this setting, you must clear your current cart before it will take effect (the shipping method will only be set automatically once per cart). You might also want to configure the default shipping region and country under Countries / Regions.

Creating/Editing Shipping Methods

When you create a shipping method, you must enter a Name, and select a Shiping Plugin. The following shipping plugins are currently available:

  • Default Shipping Plugin
  • Australia Post
  • FedEx
  • UPS
  • USPS

It is also possible to develop your own shipping plugin using PHP, by copying one of the existing plugin files, and customizing it to suit your needs.

After the shipping method has been created, you will be presented with driver-specific options to configure the shipping method.


Configuring the Default Shipping Plugin

The Default Shipping Plugin allows you to configure complex Rules, to calculate any possible price. First, you should create a separate Shipping Method for each different method you offer to customers (e.g. “Standard” and “Express”). Once you have created the Shipping Method, you can create Shipping Rules for each method.

image Shipping Rules can match orders based on any of the following criteria:

  • Country
  • Region
  • Postcode (ZIP)
  • Minimum Order Quantity
  • Maximum Order Quantity
  • Minimum Order Total
  • Maximum Order Total
  • Minimum Order Weight
  • Maximum Order Weight

When the shipping method is selected, Store will check the list of shipping rules, from top to bottom, trying to find a matching shipping rule. Once a shipping rule is matched, the charges will be evaluated.

Shipping charges can be based on any or all of the following:

  • Base Rate
  • Per Item Rate
  • Weight Rate (per kg/lb)
  • Percentage of Order Total
  • Minimum or Maximum charge (applied after above charges)

You may also specify a priority for the rule, to force it to be evaluated before other rules (by default, more specific rules will be displayed above less specific rules).