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Set up shipping | Handmade in Europe

Setting up shipping options

Shipping classes can be used to group products of similar type. These groups can then be used by certain shipping methods to provide different rates to different products. You cannot add shipping to products without setting up the methods first.

You can watch the video, or view the text below:

First step: Adding shipping classes


Set up shipping | Handmade in Europe

  1. To add or edit a shipping class hover or select ‘Products’ from the left sidebar on your dashboard, and select ‘Shipping Classes’.
  2. Give your class a friendly name, e.g. Small items, Medium items or so.
    Slug will be generated automatically, no need to enter anything here. Description is optional, with some templates this will be visible to the customers.
  3. In case you need help please do check the WooCommerce official documentation, it is quite good, and available from nearly every help button within your Wocommerce screens.
  4. Don’t forget to save. The class will be visible immediately on the list on the right, and can now be used in your shipping methods.

Next step:  go to Woocommerce-Settings, and go to the Shipping Tab to set up your shipping rates.

Set up shipping | Handmade in EuropeFlat fee.
I’ve selected and enabled the Flat Fee shipping method, by far the most elaborate to use, and preferred to set up as close to the actual costs as possible to your most served countries.

  1. Mind that you need to check the ‘enable this method’ in order to use it!
  2. Method title is what the customer sees, and you may adapt this if you like.
  3. You can specify the countries this method is valid for, I used this for Europe, as that list is still managable. Shipping to my own country I specified in Local Shipping, and rest of world in International.
  4. You can specify if the shipping is tax included, and specify additional costs per order. This will be added to the total shipping costs once.
  5. You can fine-tune the shipping with mathematical rules per item or order, based on percentages.
  6. You can charge for the entire order as 1 whole, the highest shipping rate for a product in the basket will be applied.
    You can also charge the shipping costs for each item individually, and add these all up, or charge per shipping class, e.g. if you have 5 small items and 1 big item in the basket the total shipping will be 1 time the cost for 1 small item PLUS 1 time the cost for a big item.
  7. Finally here you can apply the costs. Check the Shipping class, and click on the ‘add cost’ button below to add the shipping classes and specify the amount of shipping and eventual handling costs.
  8. You can specify a minimum for shipping, fees below this amount will be increased to this amount. Leave blanc to disable. Don’t forget to save :-)

Free shipping: (next link on top) You can enable/disable free shipping, and specify either a minimum amount for the order to activate, or specify a coupon code, or even both.

International Delivery: Here you can specify your international rates, these are based on the Flat Fee shipping set up.
Here you can include or exclude specific countries, if you do not specify anything here, and already have Europe and Local delivery set up this will be valid for the rest of the world automatically.

Local Delivery: A very simple form, in which you can set one rate by amount or percentage of order total, and where you can set a specific country or countries. If all your items are approximately the same weight this is a very simple and effective way to have a single shipping rate to specific countries.

Local pick up: If you have local customers who order items you can have prepare these for them to pick up. Handy if you have a physical shop, or for custom orders to be picked up by your customer later.

Weight rate: This is the method to use if you have different products, bigger and smaller, and want to set up different rates to different countries. You can set up as many shipping areas as you want by creating Additional configurations, set a basic rate per kilo, a minimum and maximum rate, and the shipping will increase with the total weight of the order.

See our TEST SHOP using different weight and shipping areas, and shared the set up of these ON THE BLOG POST HERE so you have a working example to start with.

Any shop has different shipping needs, and my methods are specific to my shop.
I’d advice to set up your shipping, and try adding a few items to your basket, and try the Shipping calculator for yourself to see if everything is as wished for.

In case you get lost you can try out the official WooCommerce documentation.
If you still are lost feel free to contact us, we’ll be happy to help out and support where needed.

Adding a simple category menu on your WooCommerce Shop page | Handmade In Europe tips & tricks

Add a simple category menu

On Handmade In Europe the categories have already been pre-defined so in the future we can automate a search on categories, and have these shown in different site sections.

In case you have different products you can make your own category menu appear on your shop page, this will work within your shop only, and will help your visitors to quickly find what they are looking for.

Adding a simple category menu on your WooCommerce Shop page | Handmade In Europe tips & tricks

To start you need to be logged in to your site. If you visit your shop page click on the ‘Edit Page’ link at the top. Continue reading

Understanding the grouping of products

There is a good way to show additional fitting items in your shop, so when people view your product you can offer the similar products, or products that fit with the item you are selling. There is the up-sells and cross-sells option for those, because the ‘related products’ showing at the bottom is.. well.. irregular, and sometimes not very related at all.

I am going to give an example using bhbkidstyle her shop, she is selling kids’ costumes, and you can get masks, tails or wings separately, but she also can offer them as a set.


pruductslinked Items linked as up-sells with a product will appear on the same page as the parent product, with a caption of ‘You might also be interested in…’.
In case of BHBKidstyle, if she is offering a tiger mask she could link a tiger tail with the product, and it would appear on the same page.
To link items you start on the product page , under product data you’ll find the tab Linked products. Continue reading