How to Setup Shipping Methods and Shipping Logics?

In the circuly Operation Backend, you can create shipping methods, have different shipping costs logic and make the shipping methods change as per the selected country on the checkout page. 

See the image below to see how shipping methods are displayed on the checkout page. ⬇️

Screenshot of circuly checkout to show the shipping method feature

The Shipping settings

In the Shipping Settings, you'll find the setup settings for Shipping Methods and Shipping Countries. You have to create both (Shipping Methods and Shipping Countries) and connect the Shipping Methods to the Shipping Countries. 


Connecting the Shipping Method to the Shipping Countries is important because you may or may not offer a particular shipping method for a specific country. Therefore, the option to select a said shipping method for the said country should or should not be available on the checkout. 

How are the shipping methods and shipping costs displayed to your customer on the checkout page?

Before we look at the settings and the setup, take a look at how your customer sees the Shipping Methods on your checkout page. 

Shipping Methods are displayed based on the selected country 

When your customers add their details on the checkout page, under "Country", your customer selects the country where the order will be shipped. When they select a country, the options under "Choose a shipping method" change based on their selection in the "Country" dropdown menu. (See example image below)

Screenshot of circuly checkout to show the shipping method feature

In the circuly Operations Backend, you can freely decide which Shipping Method is connected to which Shipping Country

Shipping methods information is displayed based on the selected language of the checkout page 

If your checkout page is available in different languages, then the information about the shipping method is also displayed in the language selected by the customer for the checkout page. 

Screenshot of circuly checkout to show the shipping method feature

Things to consider before setup

  • Make a plan: Before setting up the shipping methods, make sure that you make a plan about all the countries you want to serve, the shipping methods you wish to provide under each country and the translations of the shipping method information for each country. 
  • Configure the checkout settings to display the shipping logics: To use the Shipping logics in the checkout, you need to first go to Settings > Checkout > Scroll down to CHECKOUT SHIPPING > And enable the switch for Shipping methods. Enabling this switch is important, if you want the shipping logics to be displayed on the checkout page.

How to set up shipping methods?

Step 1: Locate the Shipping settings. 

In your circuly Operations Backend go to the Settings tab > navigate to Shipping in the settings menu. 

Screenshot of circuly settings to show the shipping method feature

Step 2: Start by setting up the Shipping Methods. 

  • Under Shipping Methods > Click on the plus “+” icon to display the setup options. 
  • In the Create shipping method setup window fill in the necessary information in the given input fields. Here’s an explanation of the available field options:

Title: For internal use. Add the title for the shipping methods, for example DHL, UPS, Drone, DPD etc. Pro top: You can even add the country name to the shipping method title to differentiate between the shipping methods when selecting a Shipping Method under Shipping countries to connect the two, for example, DHL-Germany, DHL-Netherlands etc. (See example below)

Screenshot of circuly settings to show the shipping method feature


Tag: This is how you identify and differentiate between the shipping methods. The tag is only meant for internal use. Add a tag, for example, DHL-Germany/DHL-Austria etc.

Price: Add the cost for the shipping method. This will be automatically added to the final amount on the checkout page. 

Screenshot of circuly checkout to show the shipping method feature



  • Under Languages click on the plus “+” icon to specify the languages in which the shipping method that you are creating will be displayed. Here’s an explanation of the available field options:

Language: Select a language under the Language dropdown menu.

Title: The value you enter in the Title Input field will be displayed to your customer. Write the translated version of the title of the shipping method. For example, Postal Service in German is called Deutsche Post if the language you’ve selected under Language is German.

Description: The value you enter in the Description input field will be displayed to your customer. Write the description in the translated version. This input field is optional. You can skip writing a description. 

  • If you would like to make the shipping method available in more than one language, then click on the plus “+” icon to add another and follow the steps mentioned above.

Screenshot of circuly settings to show the shipping method feature


 

  • Once you’ve set up the shipping method and the associated languages, click on the SUBMIT button to save your selection. 

Step 3: If applicable, set up Shipping Methods based on country

  • The shipping costs are linked to the country and not the shipping method. Therefore, for example,  if you provide DHL as a Shipping Method in Germany and the Netherlands and if the shipping costs in both countries are different then you need to set up DHL as a Shipping Method once for Germany (with the appropriate shipping costs) and then for the Netherlands (with the appropriate shipping costs). 

Screenshot of circuly settings to show the shipping method feature

Step 4: Set up Shipping countries.

  • Once you’ve set up the Shipping Methods you can assign and link the Shipping Methods to the different countries where you are operational.
Note: When you are setting up the Shipping Methods and Shipping countries you can add as many shipping countries as you want but they will be available on your checkout only when you add them to your list of Delivery countries in the Checkout settings.



Here’s how you can access the Delivery countries setting > In Settings > Go to Checkout > Scroll down to CHECKOUT LIMITATIONS > Enable the switch for Limit delivery countries > Select all the countries you want to make available on your checkout from the Delivery countries dropdown menu.

  • To add a country for Shipping Countries >  Click on the plus icon “+” > In the Create shipping country setup window > Assign a name to the country under Name and select the country from the Country dropdown menu > Then click on SUBMIT
  • Once the country is added the country will be greyed out because there is no shipping method attached to this country yet. To attach a shipping method to this country > Click on the dropdown menu to see a available list of Shipping Methods > Select the shipping methods that you would like to make available for this country > And then click on the plus "+" icon to add the shipping method to the list.
  • You can add only one shipping method at a time. To add another > Click on the dropdown menu again > select the shipping method > And finally click on the plus icon “+”. 
  • Continue until you have all the desired shipping method selected under the desired country. 
  • Additionally you can choose to make a shipping method default by clicking on the button that says DEFAULT once you’ve set up the countries and the shipping methods. 
  • Once you’re finished, the set up should look like this (see image below). 
Screenshot of circuly settings to show the shipping method feature

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