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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.

Setting up your Woocommerce shop | Handmade in Europe

Adding products to your shop

Finally, you got this far, now the fun part can commence. Adding a product is much like adding a post, but with some added features.

Check our video for a walk-through, or see below for the written manual

copyproductA big time saver is the Copy function, if you already have a listing set up with similar shipping profiles, categories, tags etcetera you can copy this to a new one, and just edit the few things that are different.

You’ll find the Cope to new draft on top of the right on any live product in edit mode.

To list a product from scratch:

Setting up your Woocommerce shop | Handmade in Europe

  1. To start adding a product go to +New-Product, or hover over the Products in the left bar. Mind that you can also duplicate an existing product, just click on Products then to see and select an appropritae product.
  2. Product title. Recommended is to keep this simple and recognizable, without too many words, as the full title will be displayed under the product photos in the shop.
  3. As with the pages and posts there is the text mark-up buttons available for you to highlight text or add links. Adding photos is also possible with the Media button, but the product photos and thumbnails are set below right, at 100 & 11.
  4. Mind that you have the visual view and text view, if you see funny code it means you are in text mode most likely (or your cat walked over the keyboard again..)
  5. As with posts and pages you can set the visibility of the product, save as draft, or schedule to publish automatically on a later date.
  6. Do not forget to publish your post once done with all settings…
  7. Select the categories your product belongs to. Categories have been pre-set, and you can select multiple categories, e.g. in case of a wedding ring Select the main category Jewellery, Then ring under that, and under presents you can select Wedding.
    You CAN add new categories yourself, but we are using the existing categories for all shops, and to search, display and promote the products on our main Handmade In Europe platform and social platforms, so in case you make your own category this will NOT be used.You can ask us to add the Category for all shops, just contact us in case you think a category is missing very badly, and would like to add one, and we’ll consider your request.
  8. Product data fields. Note the different tabs on the left. Price, inventory and shipping are the important parts.
    You can also set attributes (like different colour options) here.
    These options are explained further below this paragraph.
  9. Tag your products. Very good for the search and Google. Separate tags with commas.
  10. Product gallery images are used as thumbnails next to the main product. Recommended is to not add more than 3 for the best display.
  11. Featured image will be used if people see your full shop, and will be the main photo for your product.
  12. Note that there are 2 blocks for the descriptions of the product.
    The main one above is meant for the full description, and in most cases will be displayed below the product photos.
    The one here is meant for a short description, and is ended by the ‘Add to basket’ button. Recommended is to keep this short, just a few lines to capture people’s attention.

Setting product data:

Setting up your Woocommerce shop | Handmade in EuropeProduct data is the specific info like price, shipping, inventory andsoforth.
You can go from tab to tab and fill in the data without having to save the full product.

  1. If it is a simple product, i.e. unique, or all the same leave this on default. If a downloadable or virtual product check respective boxes. If you offer different sizes or colours or such you can select Variable product to get more options, which are explained below this paragraph.
  2. SKU is your unique identifier if you use these.
  3. Your product price.
  4. Sales price (optional). If you set this a little Sale icon will appear over the main product photo. You have to set a regular price for this feature to work, which will then appear with a strike-through.
  5. You can schedule sales, if you click on the schedule link you can pick a start date and end date. End date is optional, if not set it will stay on sale indefinitely.
  6. Please do check tab by tab for other data options:

Inventory: Here you can manage your stock for this item. You have to specifically enable this to see all options.
You can set the amount of items you have in stock, which will display with your product, or set the product to be out of stock, but still allow backorders in case you can make more.

Shipping: Here you attach your shipping class for this product. You can also specify dimensions and weight, this info is displayed in the ‘additional info’ tab with your product
There are shipping classes which work with weight and dimension properties to calculate shipping, but these are (not yet) supported.

Linked products: Here you can set and recommend products which you’d like to point out specifically to the customer.
By default customers see additional items from your shop when viewing a product, based on tags and text, but these might not always be very logical choices for you.
There is 3 options to set up items to be linked, either they show on the same place as the product (cross sells), or at the check-out (up sells), or as a group (groupes items) where every item will be available separately, but you can buy all at the same time too.
I have set up examples on our, and explain these on the BLOG.

Attributes: If you offer different sizes or colours or such you can add these options here, please see explained below this paragraph.

Advanced: You can add a specific note here instead the default when customers buy this product, and enable or disable reviews on this product.

Done? Hit Publish!

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.

Link variables | Handmade in Europe

Product attributes – variables

If you have a product with different versions (colour, size etc.) you can provide these in a drop-down to your customers.

Watch the video, or follow the steps below the video:

var1Start by selecting ‘Variable product) in the dropdown.
You’ll note that both the price in the general tab will dissapear, and shipping will change.

 

var2Now go to the attributes tab (1), and click on the ‘Add’ button (2) to add your options.

 

 

 

 

var3Give your variation a name (1), this is what the customer will see next to the dropdown to select. In the variation box enter the different options, divided by the pipe symbol |, e.g. Blue |Black|Green. Every one will be a single value in the dropdown box, and can have different prices and shipping costs.
Check the box marked ‘Used for variations’, and hit the Save attributes.

Link variables | Handmade in Europe

Now go to the next tab ‘Variations’, select the ‘Create variations’ from the dropdown. Click ok on the pop-up messages, and you will get separate blocks for every variation option.
Expand the blocks and enter info as needed. Only the price is obligatory, but you can also enter stock options, different shipping opions, etcetera.

var5

You can see you have different blocks now (1), and you’ll have to specify the price(2) for each item.

If you have set the shipping class in the shipping tab you can use the same here, or specify an unique class (3).

You can set the stock for each individual option, and also mark the individual products as out of stock (4).

Mind that you’ll need to enable the manage stock option on the left, which is also where you can enable or disable the single variable option, in that case they will no longer be visible for the customers.

subscriber plugin | handmade in Europe

Email subscriber plugin

Your site comes with an automatic Email Subscriber field for people who’d like to be notified in case of news. You can also collect and export the inscribers, and I can recommend the use of the free service MailChimp for your newsletters.

subscriber plugin | handmade in Europe
Your inscribers will be added to your database, and can be retrieved under Email Subscriber – Subscribers(1).
You can see the subscribers all in a list(2), and can view alphabatically. You can export all addresses by hitting the Export Email button (3), and save the CSV list (will open with excel or notepad) on your PC.

Change contact for email address

Changing the Email address for the contact form

Your contact form on your site has been set up with the email address you registered with. In case you need to change this go to Contact – Contact forms(1), and select Edit on the contact form (hover over ‘Contact’).
In the Mail To: & From: fields change your E-mail address.

Change contact for email address

Don’t change anything else, just hit save.
You are welcome to add and remove fields, or make your own contact form version, but you’ll have to do this yourself using the documentation provided on the Contact form screen, support from us beyond the basic form set up for you is not included.

That’s all folks!

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.

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in Europe

Change your blog page view

We’re happy to announce a new plugin to the Handmade in Europe websites with which you can set up different views on your blog page. For now it is just the free version, with the paid version (coming up after testing) you can also set the view of your shop in different formats.
We use this plugin to display the blog posts on the front page of Handmade in Europe in a row of 4, and I’ve set it up on my own page at Heymesbalticamber. And of course here as well 🙂

As a shop manager you’ll have access to make your own view, here I’ll explain how to.
You can preview, and once you are happy we’ll have to change some settings for your blog page, please contact us to install the code for you once you are done.

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in EuropeTo start: go to your dashboard, where you’ll find the Content view settings, and choose the ‘Add New’ list item.

You will be presented with below screen. Fill in the options.

 

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in Europe

By default the posts are not ordered. If you check the ‘Order & Orderby’ you’ll get the additional screen, set this to ‘Date Created’ and check ‘Desc’ to order by newest post first.

Once done go to the tab ‘Display settings’ at the top for the blog page view options.

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in Europe

I’ve set up all as Grid. You can choose how many posts you want in a row, if you have a full page available without sidebars you can go up to 4 posts.
You can hide the content, so only thumbnail photo and Title are showing, size of the photo (this will adapt to your page size), and you can select how much of the text you want to show.
On the bottom do not forget to check the Pagination Enable checkbox, otherwise you will not get the option to go to the next page.
Here you can also set how many posts per page you want to show.

There is an ‘Update preview’ button, with this you can see how your blog page view will look on your page.

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in Europe

Once you are satisfied, save your view, and you’ll get a shortcode which you can paste in any of your pages. This will then show your blog page view.
You can enter this on any page, you can also make more views, so for example if you would like to show the latest 3 posts on your about page you can make a specific view for this and add the shortcode on that page.

No images showing?

If you see no images in your blog page view you need to set a featured image.

Content view - blog post view plugin | Handmade in Europe

Edit your post, and check in the bottom right, there is a ‘Set featured image’ link. Pick an image from your media library or upload a new one, set this as featured image, and you are done! (The Pro-version will try to get a photo from your post automatically).

You can also follow these instructions on our video tutorial:

 

If you want to use your view on your blog page please Contact Us, include your shortcode in the message, and we’ll set it up on you website for you asap!

Bulk edit options | Handmade in Europe

Bulk Edit, Help, Screen options

Recently I had to change a big amount of items and posts.Nothing big, but they had to be assigned to a different category, and, since WooCommerce now has more options for shipping I wanted to change the profiles attached to a whole bunch of items.

You may have noticed that since the last updates international shipping has profiles so you can assign eg. big, medium & small profile prices, AND you can assign a price for when you forget to set a profile, really great stuff!

Anyway, I rediscovered how handy the bulk edit, help & screen options were in WordPress, and since these are not very obvious you can look at my screens.

Bulk edit options | Handmade in Europe

A huge time-saver, the bulk edit option

Whether you want to change something on all pages, posts or products, the bulk edit is there for you. Select all posts, pages or products you want to change, or select all with the check box on top, select ‘Edit’ from the drop-down, and press apply. Continue reading