In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about WooCommerce free shipping over amount. I’ll show you a free plugin that allows you to easily configure free shipping over amount and hide the paid shipping methods when the free shipping treshold is reached.
Let’s start with the basics. Entrepreneurs work hard to set and achieve their profit goals. Business is not a charity. That is why, a lot of managers have a strong bias against offering anything for free. However, in this case, the expression is purely a marketing tool – used because it can significantly increase your sales. The truth is, that free is not entirely free. Additionally, it is a great incentive to encourage customers to spend more. You should approach it as a business model. Merchants simply hide the costs in ’s price, rather than being upfront about it.
It may sound bizarre, but customers actually prefer the to be hidden in the price and love to receive free shipping. The research data does not lie. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts:
Clearly, free is by far the best tool to boost your sales and attract potential customers. Real money lies over there. Thousands of shops offering weird discounts are actually missing the key to increase the conversion rate. What is most interesting, all the research data points out an astonishing tendency. Online users would still prefer to select an item with free costs, even if the total value of the cart is still the same!, rather than a discounted item with
As simple as it is, people really hate costs. High delivery charges are the number one reason causing consumers to abandon online purchases, according to a survey by PayPal and comScore. A shocking 43% of those surveyed didn’t pay for items in their shopping carts because fees were too high. Nobody likes extra costs. It is quite understandable why free would make customers feel safe about no additional fees. To put it simply – it makes the cost calculation steady from page to checkout.
WooCommerce has a free shipping feature built-in. That’s great! It’s much easier to configure it when it’s supported, without the need for a plugin.
You need to go to the shipping zone to which you want to add your free shipping method (step 1). You’ll find it in WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping. Then you need to click on the Add shipping method button (step 2). Look at the screenshot:
A new window will pop up. You need to provide a Title. The title is used to display a shipping method in the cart and checkout.
The key feature in the WooCommerce Free shipping settings is the Free shipping requires… option. It differs the free shipping method from other methods: Flat rate and Local pickup.
This feature gives us all the options we need. I’ll guide you on them.
You can offer free shipping without any conditions. It will be offered to every customer in your store, for every order. If your pricing strategy allows for such a shipping method, feel free to configure it this way!
The first option for WooCommerce free shipping is to generate a valid free shipping coupon. How to generate such a coupon for marketing purposes? Just go to WooCommerce → Coupons → Add new and mark the Allow free shipping checkbox:
Don’t you have coupons feature in your store? Learn how to enable it and create WooCommerce coupons →
I created shippingpromo coupon here. Look how it works in the cart:
As you see, before I use the coupon, there is only one shipping method available: Flat rate. The second one – Free shipping – appears only after successfully applying the coupon.
Free shipping is a great marketing solution for generating more sales. People often add more to the cart to get free shipping.
Think about your costs and profits. Do you know when you can cover the shipping rate to still be profitable? Enter the amount in the Minimum order amount field and Save changes.
WooCommerce free shipping method offers something more: the hybrid solution. You can configure the method to apply when:
From a marketing perspective, you can make more types of promotions. Sometimes it’s better to offer free shipping above some amount, but only for customers with a coupon.
That coupon could be distributed exclusively via newsletter or social media. Configure the WooCommerce Free shipping method the way you need, the way it fits your store’s marketing vision.
Let’s say we want to configure such rules:
By default, you configure two shipping methods: Flat Rate for the first condition and Free Shipping for the second one. Free Shipping is not difficult to configure. However, there is a problem with such configuration. Both of the shipping methods will show up in the cart.
Go to your shipping zone: WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping and select your shipping zone.
Click the Add shipping method button and select the shipping methods.
Once you add them you will see such screen:
Click on the Flat Rate. The Flat Rate Settings for our example will look like this:
Next step is to configure the Free Shipping. You configure this shipping method that way:
It works now. You have configured WooCommerce Free Shipping over amount.
What’s the problem then? When customers exceed, £200 in order, they will see both shipping methods:
What you probably want to achieve is to show only one of the shipping methods. The Free Shipping.
When customers don’t exceed £200 in order, there should be £10 flat rate in the cart:
When they exceed £200 in order, there should be only Free shipping available:
I think that it should be the default way in which WooCommerce Free Shipping over amount works.
If you share my view, check out the solutions I found.
This is probably the simplest solution to configure WooCommerce Free Shipping over amount. You can just use the Flexible Shipping plugin that we developed. It’s a free that’s used daily by over 100,000 stores worldwide.
This plugin lets you create . in your it’s much more powerful than regular
You simply set 200 as Free Shipping. Next, you add only one table rate shipping rule by setting rule cost is: 10.
It will work the same way as the previous configuration, based on both Flat Rate and Free Shipping methods. However, it is definitely easier. You will do the whole configuration in one shipping method. What’s more, the plugin has a built-in Free Shipping label option. If free shipping is applied, you can display additional information for your customer. It’s a small thing, but it works great as a UX touch, and it will also reduce abandoned shopping carts.
Most importantly, by using one shipping method, you will avoid the problem that occurred when using the default shipping methods – two shipping methods in cart.
Display Remaining Amount to Free Shipping
If you want to further strengthen your free shipping and increase the value of your sales cart, the plugin has another feature: free shipping bar. Thanks to it, your customers will get information in their shopping cart and on the order page about the amount missing for free shipping in WooCommerce.
This plugin is not only powerful. It is available to download for free!
The configuration example shown above was a rather basic use of the plugin. If your free shipping scenario is more complex check out the more advanced scenarios:
Offering free products, it might be unprofitable. The solution for that is to disable free products. for certain in your online store is a great way to boost sales. However, for some
Free products in your store you should consider setting a weight limit for free and offer different for overweight orders. can be a very effective marketing tool that should benefit both the and the . But, if the order weight exceeded a certain amount, it can be problematic. If you sell heavy
Free options. You can use the quantity of the ordered products as the factor that will determine the no . over amount is not the only way to set the free delivery
If your requirements for PRO and set up based on one of the available conditions: methods are even higher you can use
– order weight
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– user role
– time (day of the week, time of the day).
In this article, you have learned how to configure WooCommerce Free Shipping over amount with free WooCommerce plugin.
If you need any more help, let us know in the comments section below.
Yet another thing. I want to recommend you our Ultimate Guide to WooCommerce Shipping.