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As we know, besides weight, the other important variable that dictates our shipping costs is location. And that is what we are going to do now in the Shipping Zones section.

Here we’ll click on Add Shipping Zone and name this zone “Domestic.” Next, we’ll select the appropriate region for our test case (UK). If possible, you can also select regions according to postcodes or zip codes.

Next, we’ll add a Shipping Method.

As I’m mostly interested in local business, and because I would personally like to make my life much simpler, we’ll click on Add Shipping Method and select the option for Free Shipping.

I have already calculated the cost of post and packaging, rounded up that number, and added to the final advertised price. In fact, it’s the base price of the product I am selling. 

Now, this is all well and good, but what if we’re interested in expanding to western Europe, for example, and we don’t want to offer free shipping.

We can always just add another Zone, name it Europe, and enter all of the countries we want to sell to. Next, we’ll Add A Shipping Method, and this time we’ll select Flat Rate

I realize that the term “flat rate” might seem confusing to some of you right now, but it’s just a temporary definition.

As you know, if we ever want to make any changes to our shipping preferences, or indeed almost everything on the WordPress platform, we can always come back here and click on the Edit option that appears under each category in each section. 

By clicking on Edit, beneath the shipping method that we just created, we’ll open a dialog box where we’ll define this shipping method more specifically.