- Upload the plugin folder to the '/wp-content/plugins/' directory.
- Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
- Install the Extensionworks Framework.
- Thats it - you can now configure the plugin.
ACTIVATE THE EXTENSION WORKS LICENCE KEY
To activate the ExtensionWorks Licence go to: Dashboard > ExtensionWorks Licences
Fastway requires you to be using Australain dollars and choose Australia as your base country.
- Once activated, go to WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping Methods.
- Choose the method from the list at the top of the screen.
- Configure the shipping method
- Ensure your products are in the correct format. Make sure you have entered Weight and Dimensions.
What we recommend.
For Fastway we recommend using the 'Weight Based' packing method.
We find this suits Fastway the best.
You will need to set up some custom boxes, with a maximum weight set up and enabled for weight.
To use the Fastway Shipping Extension you need to select a Franchise.
Go to the link above and click on the link for your Franchise.
To view a larger image and the settings that need to be enabled, please view the PDF
Enable/ Disable: Tick to enable to function.
Method Title: This displays the name of the shipping carrier.
Origin Postcode: This is where your shipping will start from.
Method Availability: You can select specific Countries, or all Countries.
Debug mode: Used for testing the product.
Handling Fee or Discount fee: You can add or subtract an amount form your shipping rate. Enter amount +2.50 or -2.50, you can also add +2% or -2%
Letter Mail Setting
Packing letter Mail together with Parcel- this will allow you to pack the products that have been selected to ship as a letter into the boxes for parcel mail.
Packing letter mail Separately-this will allow the letter to be packed individually and not combined into the parcel mail boxes.
Un-packable Products Setting
Send un-packable products directly: Products that do not fit into any custom boxes, the product dimensions and weight will be sent to the Shipping Carrier (API) to determine a rate. Unpacked.
Remove un-packable products: The products that do not fit into any custom boxes will not have a shipping rate returned from the shipping carrier.
Terminate calculate Process: There are no custom boxes (set up in the admin area) to calculate a shipping rate, the API request will be terminated. No rate will be returned from the Shipping Carrier.
Parcel Packing Method
To use a certain custom box for your shipping you will need to Tick the option: Select Box for the custom box you would like to use.
If your shipping Companies offers Predefined boxes they will already be pre-populated in the custom box area. You will need to Select the predefined boxes you would like to use.
Adding a custom box please enter the following:
- Outer Length, Outer Width, Outer Height
- Inner Length, Inner Width, Inner Height
- Box Weight
- Maximum Weight
- Weight ( tick if only shipping with weight only)
- Letter ( tick if you would like to use as a letter option)
Save you settings. Very Important.
Then go and Select the custom boxes you would like to use. Tick the selected options.
Save your Settings
Enable customize shipping methods, this needs to be ticked to enable the services.
Parcel / Satchel: Tick to enable you to select the shipping services you wish to offer on your website.
Adding Multiple Origin Zip Codes/ Post Codes
The default ( global ) origin Franchise is set up in the Fastway admin area.
To use multiple Post codes option go to: Products ( individual product area) /Product Data/ Shipping.
Here you can add the specific information:
WooCommerce Fastway requires you to select the origin franchise. ( from the drop down)
Select shipping rate to display: All, Cheapest Rate, Highest Rate.
Select shipping order to display: None, From low to high or From high to low.
Fallback Name: The Label for the Fallback Price offered.
Fallback: If the shipping method returns no matching rates, offer this amount for the shipping so the customer can still checkout. Leave blank to disable.
API Key: Please add in you own Fastway API Key.
Choose a Franchise: Select your origin franchise.
Enable free rate: Tick to enable the free shipping rate.
Free label: Select the labels you wish to offer free shipping.
Select a Franchise: Select a Franchise this will be the start of your Shipping.
Select user type: Frequent User, Normal User, Others.
Setting up your own label rates
Only set up your own label rates if you intend to use them.
Select a label: Choose the label you wish to use. Insert a price.
Adding label prices is up to you, you can use the services already provided by Fastway or add your own rates if you have a negotiated rate.
Label information: If a label is not enabled, you can select the following option to ensure a price will always be available at the checkout. For instance you do not want to add a certain area to be shipped to please take note of the next option.
Price Option: Enable show Fastway price.
Display the user type label price, When no label price is available, display the Fastway rate according to the user type you have selected.
We have more information here: Can l exclude a Fastway Label?
Select the labels you would like to use. The labels need to be ticked for use.
If you are not using your own label pricing and you have them set up, please remove them. This can cause a warning to show on the front end of the website.
SAVE YOUR SETTING
How do l know which label was used for a shipment?
Go to WooCommerce > Orders > Go into a particular order > Fastway Shipping Label Information
No rates are being calculated
First, check your products have dimensions and weights set – without this the calculation cannot be performed.
Secondly, check your store’s base country is Australia and that you are using Australia Dollars (AUD) (from WooCommerce > Settings > General).
Finally, the plugin needs to be able to talk to Fastways API.
For this it uses wp_remote_post which makes use of fsockopen/CURL.
If your server does not support this you will have problems.
The box packer is volume based. This will in most cases provide good results, but will never be as accurate as a real person packing a box (see BIN Packing Problem) therefore it is important you understand that packing results are as accurate as they can be and any anomalies should be accepted.