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hi and welcome back to Webination station. This is Jason with your quick tip for today you’re quick tip for
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WP E-commerce on their word press platform and so today’s question is how do i set up the wp e-commerce
plugins so it will automatically calculate shipping anywhere in the world using the united
states postal service api and so that’s what we’re looking at
right now of course we’ve got our wordpress
installed and we would normally go to our dashboard and look at our plugins in our plugins we confirm that wp e-commerce is installed and it is activated so let’s go on adjust the
settings store and in setting store now we head on over
to shipping so the bugs that we want to check here use
shipping yes make sure this button is turned on base city we have got it set
for our town and zipcode these two setting ship wire and
enable free shipping discount those are not going apply for this
particular video we come on down here we’ve got these six
shipping modules we’ve got three internal shipping calculators and we’ve got three external shipping
calculators the internal shipping calculators are
very well documented over here by our friends at GetShopped.org who
provide us the wp e-commerce plugin for free although there is a paid version. I
haven’t tested the paid version because i love the free version it does
everything i want so these three here they are very well documented these
three down here now these are api’s so they’re
going to rely on the shipping calculators from an external source so the one that we want a look at right
now is we want a look at united states postal service so we want to check that
box and notice when i wave over it here’s this
edit button comes up so let’s look at edit and you notice we get this new box that
shows up over here and over on this side we’ve got this
box and so what we need to do is we need to
get our united states postal service id number so in order to get our number it
tells us if you don’t have a number well you need to go here and fill out
this form and when you hit submit they will send you to your email they’ll send you a letter that’s gonna
look something like this and in that letter you’re going to get a
username and a password and it’s gonna have a bunch of information telling you
about how you need to first you have to set it up through
a test site before they’ll put it turn you on
the production site they need to check and make sure that your connection is working through her
api and i want to use test server and i just want to simply go update now this is where things get really
confusing now it’s curious here is you need to UnitedStatesPostalService.com they explain to you that you actually have to install your api technical guides you need
to go through this and if you click here on development
guide you end up with this page here this is your development guide
well there’s a lot of information in here that you really should read um… but when you get down to it yet
what we what we really want to know is how i install this thing so there’s a series of steps and
they explain to you step one in order to get your api working you need to first register that’s what
you did you registered it sent you an email it gave you your username and your password you took that username you installed it or you inserted it into your id area you clicked update so the next thing that it’s asking you
to do then is step two is merchant return we are not going to cover step two because for this particular application we don’t need merchant return and notice how it says which api there are multiple api’s by the
way when we come here and to api technical guides there are many different api’s and
you can look through that at usps.com/business/webtools-techinal-guides.html but the one that we are looking at as we
want to just make sure our shipping calculator so it doesn’t say shipping calculator so
we’re gonna skip step two but notice everybody has to do
it notices says all applicable api’s need to do this and here’s where i got hung up and i
think that everybody gets hung up because when you came over here and you went to see if your shipping calculators were
working they’re not working and you’re like why are they not
working what is happening you keep
getting message that looks like this please choose a country calculates sorry
online ordering is unavailable in this destination or wait what’s happening here this is where everybody gets hung up what’s happening is if we come back to the united states
postal service developmental guide them what it tells us is we have to first
install it onto a test server and so right here you’ll see that it
says use a test server yes once you enter your number whatever your
number is and it’ll come in your into your email and it says use test server you enter in your number and you click update when you’re updating that that is
sending this api call that they need in step three that is
running the can test from your test server so it’s very important the next thing
that you have to do is you have to call this number 1-800-344-7779 talk to one of the representatives at
the united states postal service web development center they are
very friendly people and i had my problem resolved in about two minutes and it was really easy all i did is i called up and i told them
i said i’m having trouble hitting my test server to run and the
answer was it’s because wp e-commerce is a third party and the
third party automatically runs that test for you it’s built into the php so i said great than if i’d ran my
tests then what’s the next step and she said the next step is that an internet
customer care service or and i cc cc will validate you for production basically all she did was said one
moment please click click click click click on the keys and bang she said okay you have production mode go ahead and re fresh your settings so i
went in and very simply jumped over here hit refresh and i was back into my settings and sure
enough it worked and let me just show you how that works let me tell it that i hope i no longer
want to use the test server i do want to use all of these options for any of our anybody who’s ordering the books and be
sure that you check you know package envelope whatever whatever it is you want to be set up there andmine is going to be package and it’s a parcel so i need to update it one more time and sure enough there we are package
parcel update and so now if i come back in and i look at
my resource page look at my shopping cart and answer usa illinois chicago
calculate it now gives me options for all the different ways that i can send out my package in those numbers are based on the fact that that when i inserted my products and so like for example module
two street children i sent a price on this but when you enter
your product you have to go into your edit product settings just like you would edit a post or a page its going to look very much like the same interface but down here near the bottom you’re gonna see ask shipping and it
wants to know what’s the weight height length width and if you’re using flat rate well we are not
using flat rate for this tutorial that’s another video altogether and then here is a disregard
shipping for this product of course make sure that box is not checked once you’ve put these in for all of
your products that automatically united states postal service api
will automatically take those things into account it’ll add up all of your
weight if there’s multiple books or being ordered and it will say okay that’s how much is going
to cost to ship those so you have to make sure to
add your weight height all of your
dimensions into there so now i can coming in here and
i can now say okay let me check out and now it’s given me these numbers based on my area code because we know where it’s originating from because you remember over here on
shippings tab we said hey this is where we’re shipping
from so he calculate you shipping from and
where are you shipping to you know we can ship parcel first-class
priority mail or express mail and when i look at that boy those are
some pretty expensive numbers because i know that we can use media mail because it’s educational
material books and and so media mail is considerably less-expensive so what you need to do
for media mail is you need to go into usps_20php
file it’s found in your that’s going to be found in your plugins folder
but you want to look for united states postal service20 and you want to search for the word
media and find next and sure enough down here you find media mail and it will out of the box it is commented out so you just simply need to remove those
comments save that file and then upload it back to your server and refresh your settings now the other
thing that i always like to make sure to do is always back up these files so i always save this usps_20 because i made this change i make sure to save that in my themes
folder or somewhere wherever you want so that when you do update wp
e-commerce you will lose those adjustments so every time you update your gonna have
to re upload this file so that now media mail will show up and
let’s go look at that it doesn’t show media mail well the reason
is because i need to go check that box over in our settings over here in store settings so lets just
refresh this page and sure enough now there’s media mail
let’s check that box save it go back to our checkout hit refresh for more time and hey there’s media mail and it’s only
three dollars and seventy three cents for shipping so now i can check that i can fill out the rest of my
information i can purchase with pay pal it’ll take
me immediately onto the paper api and sure enough here it is and notice shipping and
handling has been included tells me when i’m ordering shipping and
handling and then now i can sign in and pay for my books one more recap on this make sure your
installed make sure your plugin is installed make
sheer plugin is turned on make sure you using shipping go to your shipping
calculator click here sign up get sure go to you you register once you register you’ll get a letter using this letter use this username install that username onto your store settings then using test server hit update once it updates then you need to go and come back to the united states postal
service open up the development guide either the pdf or the html version in there you will find their telephone
number which is one eight hundred call them you have done the test tell them you’re working with wp e-commerce plugin for
word press and you would like to be validated for production access they will say okay they’ll push the buttons the operator at united states postal service will say
okay your validated now you can simply go
back store settings uncheck est server click updates go in now we want to add media mail we had to
go in and change our usps_20php media mail un-comment that save it upload it to your ftp backup to your server refresh and then now you can come back to your
storefront and sure enough everything will be in your checkout it calculates choose media mail choose purchase with pay pal this has been
jason with your quick tip for today we answer the question how do i set up
the wp e-commerce plugin so it will automatically calculate shipping
anywhere the world using united states postal service api hey how would you think give some comments drop some comments throw some likes
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next time. Bye now

53 Comments

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Hey Thanks SmileWaitForFlash glad it helped. Say, if you ever have questions about WordPress or Social Media just ask. Maybe you can be our next "quick tip" and we will feature your site to help us answer the question. Just ask in any of our comment boxes. See you around.

  • Russ Martin

    I need help with this issue. I need to charge my customer the rate to ship product from China to United States or where ever. I am trying to add a fixed international rate. It is not showing up. Please help
    [email protected]

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    I will send you an email and we can discuss this, but first look at Settings -> Store -> Shipping -> Internal Shipping Calculators -> Flat Rate -> wave your mouse on the text Flat Rate -> look at the sidebar and you will see where you can set rates. -> Update. If you have done this, then your question is a bit more difficult. I will Email you and we can talk. Thanks.

  • Melanie Conde

    Awesome vid. Really helped! but the problem with us is that we want to use our own boxes of different sizes so the price isn't always right. any help with that?

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Hey maconde17, not sure I understood your question. best if you will go to our website and send me an email using the contact form there. I will be able to address your issue personally. Thanks for the comments.

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Thanks for the encouragement. Say, Yogesh, if you have any other questions, please ask and maybe we will feature you on our next "Quick tip"

  • Taz Mania

    Is there a way to use a bar code scanner to scan in books into the wp e-commerce site without having to type all the info for each book you want to sell?

  • Sheri Elmont

    This is the first video I have found that gives the option of using weight and dimensions but it seems very complicated. I'm working on a WordPress website and need that option for my products. For my other website (not WP) I use Auction Inc and can then print my labels from PayPal. Is there any way to do that in WordPress? Thanks!

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Yes but the solution is more complicated than I can explain here. Send me a PM or email I can try to help you with this.

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    I have not heard of one specifically for this. But I do know that there is a app bar code scanner app that Amazon Affiliates are using, but I can't think of the name of it now. It scans to a database, and you could have a developer create a plugin possibly.

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Thanks Brenden, I will have many more. I was struggling with this forever and realized how poorly documented this was, so i figured I could try to help others. Well, if you are interested in more videos like this, subscribe to the channel. Or better yet, come join us on the website and get access to the webinairs. The readers write the questions, and I answer them.

  • Kirwan

    Holy smokes! I have been pulling out hair trying to solve some issues with this plugin. I am in total awe of your contribution. Thank you so much! Really great tutorial!

  • Emily Rutledge

    Your tutorial was easy to follow. Thanks! I'm trying to find help on using Woo Commerce for our site, but issuing custom API calls to a third party payment processor through a custom plugin. I need an example of how to refer to the products and other fields in the pages in Woo Commerce. Thanks for any help!!!

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Emily I am sorry to say, but this is beyond the scope of this tutorial. I am not personally familiar with Woo Commerce. I do not think I do not think that I can be of any assistance.

  • ErdodyStudios

    Jason, thanks for this. Wondering if you know if it's possible to add a fixed additional fee on top of the rate that USPS comes up with so that my client can account for boxes, tape, labor, whatever…basically so they can cover their shipping and make a buck or two. Best approach to doing this? Thanks,

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    I am sorry Erdody, i am not sure what the best way to do this is. I would need to look into it. Use my Website contact form to open this discussion there.

  • InfoPrincess411

    Can I just say "I love you Jason!!" …. this plugin has been the most frustrating things I have ever had to program into a website and your video took me out of my misery. Thank you for this great tool. You are a prince….

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    So what your saying is thanks? ha ha I know, I was there too. This is why I made this video. Thanks for the feedback

  • DailyDazzleDeals

    Solution was just to deactivate e-commerce. I think it might not be compatible with MyStile them or I am doing something wrong. Either way thank you very much it was a very informative video.

  • Toby Dorr

    So I'm using the most recent version of Word Press and e-Commerce and my shipping settings screen does not look anything like the one you show in this video? I can't get my USPS shipping to work at all. VERY frustrating! HELP!

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Sorry to hear that you are struggling. Please contact us using our website contact form and we can see if we can assist.

  • Marilyn Zein El-Abidin

    HI Jason. I hope you can help me. I'm not sure what kind of shipping I need, but my manufacturer ships by weight and zip code. I can't seem to find the one you are displaying. Any suggestions? Help!!

    Thanks

  • Vicki Branham

    Jason, thank you so much for your help on this, i did exactly what you said and got this done. I just wish i could get the rest of my problems solved so easily.

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    So glad you liked this. You know I started a podcast series interviewing experts about online business. If you are interested, subscribe to this channel or goto my website ontracktip dot c o m

  • Wiser Sites, LLC

    Hey @ Marilyn Zein El-Abdin honestly, I have moved over to WooCommerce for my WordPress plugin of choice. Better support and updates there. Great interface.

  • Vicki Branham

    Can you think of any reason why I can't get the shipping to work, I must need to change something in another area to make it work.

  • Shaunte' B.

    Hi Jason, for some reason my USPS calculator is still not working. Also, when I click on all of the select services, package, parcel, then click update, it removes everything I have updated. I'm not sure if it is a WP problem or not. Any suggestions on who to contact to get this problem fixed?

  • krammet

    I've been trying to get a hold of someone at USPS since LAST Monday. I have LITERALLY spent 3 hours per day on hold. Has anyone found another plugin that will work, without have to have it validated?

  • Donna Fado Ivery

    I have another question with WP E Commerce.  When charging California Sales Tax, there isn't any tax for APO's and intrastate shipping, but there is tax for those buying who live in California. I can only find one Sales Tax rate for all states, which is wrong.  

  • bud risner

    Hi, I think you did a great job!  I cannot get my WP site with woocommerce since it says "no shipping methods available – please check…" Ithink using what you have shown is what I need.  I guess ecommerce needs a "pluging" to ship.  Oh well I will just add shipping to each product and Free Shipping.

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