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Below are some examples of different ways to setup Advanced Shipping PRO to get the results you're looking for. All Rate Fields are marked in blue, and all Rate Settings are marked in orange for your convenience.
Assigning Shipping Costs Per Category And Combining The Costs Together
One of the many features in Advanced Shipping PRO is the ability to assign shipping costs to specific product categories. While at first it may look complicated to do, there are only a couple simple rules to follow to make it work:
In this example, I will show you how to assign shipping costs to selected categories, and then combine all of these costs together into a final shipping total.
- Create a new shipping rate and assign it an easily identifiable Rate Description such as Category A Shipping. This will help us keep track of the shipping rates in the future.
- Next you will want to setup any other applicable settings for this shipping rate except the Category Settings and the Combine Rates settings. I will explain how to setup these in the next steps.
- Once you've finished modifying all your other shipping rate settings, the next step is to apply this shipping rate to Category A. To do this, you will want to use the following Category Settings:
- Select Products In Cart Must Match: Any Selected Category. This will ensure that the shipping rate only becomes active if at least one of the products in the customer's shopping cart is within Category A.
- Select Shipping Cost Will Be Applied To: Only Selected Categories. This tells the system that the shipping costs for this shipping rate are based only on products within Category A, and to ignore all other products in the customer's shopping cart.
- Select only Category A from the categories list. Make sure All Categories is unselected.
- Next comes setting the Combine Rates options. Shipping rates are grouped together when they have the same Rate Group and Calculation Method settings. Combining rates is ignored for any shipping rate that has the Calculation Method set to Single. You will want to use the following Combine Rates settings:
- Rate Group: A. This will tell the system to look for other shipping rates with the same Rate Group.
- Calculation Method: Sum. This will notify the system to add the shipping cost for this shipping rate to all other rates within Rate Group A and has a Calculation Method set to Sum.
- Repeat steps 1 through 4, but this time select Category B from the categories list.
- That's it! The shipping cost for Category A and Category B should now be combined when products from both categories are present within the customer's shopping cart. If the customer only purchases a product from either category, the shipping cost will only be calculated for that category. You can repeat these steps as many times as you'd like, adding as many shipping rates together as you want!