In Zen Cart, store owners are provided with several various shipping cost calculation methods. One of the more popular of these is the ‘table Rate’ shipping cost estimation method. It’s high popularity can, for the most part, be attributed to it’s flexibility. In this zen cart tutorial, we will explain how the table rate shipping method is used.
The first thing you will need to do is enable the table rate shipping method. To do this, open your zen cart admin, and navigate to Modules –> Shipping. Select the ‘Table Rate’ field, and click ‘edit’ or ‘install’ as the circumstances dictate. Set ‘Enable Table Method’ to ‘true’, and update.
The next step is to input your specifications for how the table rate will function. The first thing you will do is input the shipping cost, which should be based on the total cost/weight of items, as well as the item count. This information should be put into the ‘Shipping Table’ field, and should be formatted along these lines: 25:8.50, 50:5.50
After this, you must select the table method which will be used to determine the parameters for the estimation of the shipping cost. Three options are provided: Weight, price, and item. Then, input the handling fee that will be charged to the customer. If there is none, then set this field to zero. Moving on down the list of fields, the next thing you need to do is set the tax class which will be applied to the shipping fee. After you have selected the appropriate class, go on to the tax basis. This field indicates the basis on which shipping tax will be calculated, and there are three options to choose from.
Finally, select the shipping zone, and set the sort order. Press confirm to save your changes, and you’re done!