Shipping Method 4

Last updated on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Calculate a shipping charge based on delivery zone & product weight.

This is the most complex of all of the shipping rate calculations to configure as you need to create your own shipping “modes”. The modes refer to different delivery methods (Postal, Airmail, Pigeon) or providers (Parcelforce, Parcel2Go, DHL etc). You will need to add each of your shipping modes (1 per line) to the Shipping Modes textarea and enter your weight unit.

Note: The weight units do not have to be literal units of weight. Simply use whatever works for you. For example, if you are selling prints, your “weight units” might be defined as the area (size) of the prints in centimetres (eg 120cm, 240cm, 480 cm etc).

It may help if you complete the fields in the order listed below. See the Configuring Shipping Method 4 screenshot for an example using 2 zones.

  1. Method

    Select Method 4

  2. Ship By

    Choose whether you want to ship your items by Country or by State/County/Province.

  3. Zones

    Choose how many postal zones you want to use. You an create up to 9 separate shipping zones.

  4. Default Zone

    The default zone will be used if the customer enters a Country or (State/County/Province) in the Shipping Address that is not in your configured list of shipping locations. To cover your shipping costs, we recommend using the zone that applies the highest shipping charges.

  5. Update the Shipping Rate Calculations

    The lower half of the updated page will now display the correct shipping table for your chosen shipping method. If you intend to offer two ore more shipping methods, you will now have to set up two or more shipping modes — one for each delivery method.

  6. Shipping Costs

    Enter the shipping for each of your chosen zones and classes in the new table.

  7. Save Your Settings

    Finally, update the Shipping Rates to save all of your settings.


Cost to ship a 1kg A class item to Zone 1: £5
Cost to ship a 2.5kg A class item to Zone 1: £10
Cost to ship both items to Zone A: £15

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