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2.4 WooCommerce Setup: Configuring Products and Shipping

Hello, and welcome back to this Tutsplus course on getting started with WooCommerce. In this part of the course, I'm gonna show you how to configure settings for products and shipping. So once again, we're in the WooCommerce settings screens, so you access those via WooCommerce and then Settings. And to configure settings for products, I click on the Products tab as you might expect, and this takes me to a screen where I can configure my products. So the first thing I configure is which page is being used for my shop, or my store, and I've created a page called Store. So what you need to do is create a blank page using the normal Pages, Add New, give that the name of store, or shop, or something like that, and then select that here. So I could select a whole bunch of other pages but Store is the one I'm gonna use. So I'll quickly run you through what they do. So we've got Add to cart behavior, you can choose to redirect to the cart page after somebody successfully adds something to their cart. I wouldn't do that because you might want them to buy more than one thing, you probably do want them to buy more than one thing. So let's keep that unchecked, will enable Ajax Add To Cart buttons on archives. So that means on our main store page or on the product category archives, there's an Add to Cart button. The placeholder image is one that's added by the plugin. Now you might want to change that to your logo or something like that, and that's used if there isn't an image for the product. We can change our weight units if we want, I'm using kilograms and centimeters. But if you wanted to, you could change those to use grams or to use imperial measures. We're going to either enable or disable product reviews. I'm gonna disable those and you can see having done that, everything else disappears. So I can enable product reviews, but disable ratings, but if I disable reviews, I also disable ratings. So I'm gonna disable those because I prefer people to review my books on Amazon or on Goodreads, and then I'll click on Save changes. And there are also settings for the inventory of products. So you can enable stock management here, so you can hold stock for a certain amount of time while people have got orders in their shopping trolley, in their cart. And 60 is the default for an hour, so if somebody can stay in your store for an hour before they actually check out. You can have low stock and out of stock notifications. You've got a recipient for notifications, the low stock threshold, out of stock threshold. Out of stock visibility, so you can choose to hide things that are out of stock, I'm not gonna do that. And you can also set up how stock display is done, so let's only show it when it's low in stock. So we'll save changes and we also have settings for downloadable products. So you can choose whether a download is forced, or whether it's taken to a redirect, I'm gnna stick with force downloads. You can require people to log in if you want to download. I'm not gonna do that because it prevents people from downloading those products. You can grant access after payment. So somebody can access those products after they've paid but before they've maybe opened the email that they get with the link. And you could also put a unique string on the file name for security. And once you've checked that that everything's correct, you click on Save changes. So that's product setup. Now we'll be doing more setup for products and sale shortly, but this is for the overall product settings. So now we've got product setup, let's take a look at shipping. So here we use the Shipping tab, and we can add shipping zones. So I'm going to add a shipping zone of the UK. So I do add United Kingdom to it, so you select whatever zones you want to include in it and then I add shipping methods to each of those. There are three alternatives, flat rate, free shipping, or local pickup, I'm gonna use flat rate. So I then can edit that flat rate and say how much it is. So I'm gonna add 3 pounds shipping for the UK. So that's my first shipping zone added. Now if I wanted to add another shipping zone, I could add Europe. The problem with this is that the UK is part of Europe, whether it likes to think it or not, it is geographically part of Europe. So I would actually have to add all the different countries. So here I would go through and add France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and so on, and so forth. So I would add all of those countries that are part of the European Union but not the UK. And once I've done that, I add a shipping method for them, I'm gonna make that flat rate, and I'll edit it, and I'll have a rate of 6 pounds. So I'd obviously need to go in and add more countries to this, which I can do later on. And then, so we now have three shipping zones, so we have UK, Europe, and other locations. So I'm gonna edit the locations not covered by the other zones, so I'll add a shipping method, flat rate, edit that, and make it 10 pounds. Now I've just estimated what my shipping cost might be, and what I suggest you do is actually investigate how much it's gonna cost you to send items to those places. So let's have a look at some of the other options that we've got for shipping. So you can enable the shipping calculator on the Cart page which I think is a good idea. Default customer shipping address, which is what I'm gonna do. I'm not gonna enable debug mode because that's something you do if you're trying to debug your shipping and see if there are any problems. So now let's take a look at shipping classes. So I can add a shipping class. And these relates to, The specific sort of characteristics of things you're going to be shipping. Save shipping classes. So I then use those shipping classes when it comes to setting up products. So I'm gonna save that and I'm gonna add another one which will be Light, My description is quite vague at the moment but you might want to say specifically exactly how light or heavy that would be. This finally, WooCommerce services page just gives you access to the ability to print shipping labels. So you can print labels for your items using WooCommerce services. And that saves you having to go to the post office, and pay for it or download those shipping labels from your post office. So I've set up now some shipping zones and some shipping classes. And I'll use the shipping classes when I'm setting up my products to define any extra cost for shipping those products if they're heavier. So that's how you set up your products and shipping in WooCommerce. In the next part of the course, we'll look at configuring payment methods. See you next time and thanks for watching.

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