To use the WooCommerce Interparcel Shipping Extension you will need to contact Interparcel AU and set up an account.
Your account will consist of a:
Account username: email address
Account Password: Provided by Interparcel
- Upload the plugin folder to the '/wp-content/plugins/' directory.
- Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
- At the top of the plugin page there will be a banner that says "Install the Extensionworks Framework"
- 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
Interparcel 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.
All products require Weight and Dimensions for this product to calculate a shipping Rate.Round off product dimensions to the nearest whole number for best results.
Interparcel requires you to be using Australian dollars (AUD) and Australia as your base country.General Setting
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 will be sent to the Shipping Carrier (API) to determine a rate.
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)
Then go and Select the custom boxes you would like to use. Tick the selected options.
Save your Settings
Parcel / Letter Shipping Method Services: Tick to enable you to select the Shipping Services you wish to offer on your Website.
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.
The default ( global ) origin Post code is set up in the Interparcel 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 Interparcel requires you to enter the: Post code/ City- Suburb/ State
That's it your done.
Note: Per Order option can cause shipping rates to be inaccurate in some cases due to the calculations involved Finally, ensure your products are in the correct format; All non-virtual products need weight and dimensions set– without this no shipping will be calculated.
OBTAINING INTERPARCEL RATES!!
When setting up the extension it needs to Calculate the shipping on the Checkout Page.
Not the Cart page. Please disable the function in WooCommerce to calculate the shipping on the cart page.
Go to woocommerce/settings/shipping: untick or do not tick the option to calculate shipping on the cart page.
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 Interparcel's 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.