How to Create Custom Shipping Zones

It is common for e-commerce shop owners to create similar shipping methods for a set of locations. You might be thinking that you will have to add all the locations separately to your shipping methods, but this is not required. To simplify your work, we allow the creation of custom shipping zones. These zones can be created by online shop owners and utilized in the shipping methods later on.
Custom shipping Zones could be of 3 types -
  • For countries
  • For states and countries 
  • For zip codes (cities or regions from different countries)

Use of Shipping Zones

Shipping Zone is a geographical area to which you ship items. You can get as specific as you need, right down to regions and zip codes, or you can leave it more general – whichever suits you best.

Customers only see the methods available for their address and corresponding zone.  Each customer matches only one zone.

Local Georgia ZIP 45215 Local pickup
Domestic UK 2 Flat rates named “standard” and “priority”
Europe Countries in Europe Flat rate shipping

Adding & managing zones

Adding a new zone

  1. Go to: Dotstore plugin >> Advanced Flat Rate Shipping Method For WooCommerce >> Manage Shipping Zones >>
  2. Click the Add shipping zone button at the top.

Screenshot - 1: (Admin: Shipping zone list)

3. Enter a descriptive Zone Name, and select Zone Regions that apply. Regions can consist of: a) Countries, b) States, c) Continents.

Screenshot - 2: (Admin: Shipping zone configuration)

How to Create Custom Shipping Zones

Custom Shipping Zone - Add Name, Choose Type and insert values

4. Save changes in the shipping zone 

5. Create a shipping method and assign zone for this shipping method

5. Save changes.

How zones work for customers

Using these shipping zones and methods:

Screenshot - 3: (Admin: Shipping zone list)

Example 1:  In the 8804 zip code in Swaziland, I offer Local Pickup and Free Shipping.

Screenshot - 4: (shipping method front view)

How to Create Custom Shipping Zones

Example 2:  In Turkey, I offer a Domestic Flat Rate.

Screenshot - 5: (shipping method front view)

How to Create Custom Shipping Zones in flat rate plugin

Example 3:  In Australia, I offer a different Flat Rate.

Screenshot - 6: (shipping method front view)

How to Create Custom Shipping Zones in flat rate plugin

This is what your customers would see if they use the Calculate Shipping option.