Woocommerce Version 2.6.1 introduced Shipping Zones which made the world of shipping much easier to control. Before we needed a third-party plugin to deal with these issues. Especially for UK Postcodes. However, this has now all been solved by our new Shipping Zones.
You can get more detailed information about Shipping Zones at the official page – https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/setting-up-shipping-zones/
We now have three shipping methods available to us. Free Shipping, Flat Rate and Local Pickup. If your looking for more you will need a thridparty plugin to solve this for you.
For more details about these three shipping method
Free Shipping – https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/free-shipping/
Flat Rate – https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/flat-rate-shipping/
Local Pickup – https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/local-pickup/
Postcodes setup in Woocommerce shipping zones is pretty simple. They follow a simple process, for example, Northampton is NN*. The star represents everything that comes after the NN. So if you want to blanket the whole of that area you are set.
My biggest issue when setting up a site for a client was getting hold of a list of UK Postcodes that were inside an Exel document. I found plenty of PDFs and websites with lists but nothing set out in Exel. I was looking for an Exel as my client had very specific Postcodes they could and could not ship to. Meaning I had to set up a very complex shipping system.
Therefor I have created and Exel document with all the UK Postcodes for you to download for free to save you the time and problems I had. The sheet is set out in alphabetical order by postcode and covers the UK, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
To download your copy of my Exel document click here.
I hope you have enjoyed this quick blog post and that this information will help you out. If you would like White Rabit to build a website or e-commerce site for you please email firstname.lastname@example.org