Shipping Methods

Shipping methods are only available in the Pro edition of Craft Commerce.

Several options are available for adding shipping costs to the cart:

  1. Use the included shipping method and shipping rules engine.
    Define your rules and prices based on individual product details and the cart as a whole. Costs may come from the overall order, weight, cost percentage, and per-item attributes. This engine is fairly powerful and can meet the needs of most small businesses with simple to moderately complex shipping needs.

  2. Write an order adjuster class.
    If you need to add dynamic shipping costs to the cart without providing options to your customer, an order adjuster class offers flexibility beyond the native shipping engine UI.

  3. Write a plugin or module that provides its own shipping method.
    You can still utilize the shipping engine in option 1, but add functionality that presents more than one option to the customer, utilizes an external API, or uses your own custom pricing logic.

Before writing your own shipping adjuster or shipping method (option 2 or 3), make sure you’re comfortable creating a plugin or module for Craft CMS.

# Creating a Shipping Adjuster

A shipping adjuster is a specific kind of adjuster whose type is set to shipping.

To learn more about adjusters and how you can create your own, see Adjusters.

# Creating a Shipping Method

Use a plugin or module to register your shipping method. The shipping method provides a name and one or more rules to determine whether it can be used for an order.

# Shipping Method Interface

The shipping method interface requires a class with the following methods:

# getType()

Returns the type of shipping method. This would likely be the handle of your plugin.

# getId()

Must return null.

# getName()

Returns the name of this shipping method, displayed to the customer and in the control panel.

# getHandle()

Returns the handle added to the order when a customer selects this shipping method.

# getCpEditUrl()

Returns a control panel URL to a place where you can configure this shipping method’s rules. Return an empty string if the method has no link.

# getRules()

Returns an array of rules that meet the ShippingRules interface.

# getIsEnabled()

Returns true if this shipping method should be an option for the customer to select.

# Shipping Rules Interface

The shipping method returns an array of these rules objects. The shipping engine processes the array in the order it was received, calling matchOrder() on each item. It expects to get true or false from each, indicating whether this shipping method can be applied to the order/cart. The first matched (true) rule returns the costs to the cart.

These are the methods required for each shipping rule object:

# getHandle();

Returns the unique handle of this shipping rule.

# matchOrder(Order $order)

Returns true if this rule is a match on the order, or false if the shipping engine should continue and evaluate the next rule for the current shipping method.

If all rules return false, the shipping method is not available for the customer to select on the order.

# getIsEnabled()

Returns true if the rule is enabled, or false if matchOrder() should not be attempted.

# getOptions()

Stores this data as JSON on the order’s shipping adjustment when this rule is applied. For example, you might include all data used to determine the rule matched.

# getPercentageRate()

Returns a percentage rate to be multiplied by each line item’s subtotal. 0 will not make any changes.

# getPerItemRate()

Returns a flat rate to be multiplied by each line item’s quantity. 0 will not make any changes.

# getWeightRate()

Returns a rate to be multiplied by each line item’s weight. 0 will not make any changes.

# getBaseRate()

Returns a base shipping cost to be added at the order level. 0 will not make any changes.

# getMaxRate()

Returns a maximum cost for this rule to be applied. If the total of the order’s applied rates is greater than this, the baseShippingCost on the order is modified to meet this maximum rate.

# getMinRate()

Returns a minimum cost for this rule to be applied. If the total of the order’s applied rates is less than this, the baseShippingCost on the order is modified to meet this minimum rate. 0 will not make any changes.

# getDescription()

Returns a human-friendly description of the rates applied by this rule.

# Registering your Shipping Method and Rules

Once you’ve created your shipping method class and its associated shipping rules classes, you need make sure Commerce can use it.

Do this by using your plugin’s init() method to register an instance of your shipping method. Subscribe to the EVENT_REGISTER_AVAILABLE_SHIPPING_METHODS event and add your shipping method to the event object’s shippingMethods array:

use craft\commerce\events\RegisterAvailableShippingMethodsEvent;
use craft\commerce\services\ShippingMethods;
use yii\base\Event;

    function(RegisterAvailableShippingMethodsEvent $event) {
        $event->shippingMethods[] = new MyShippingMethod();

# Fetching a Cart’s Shipping Method

When looking to get a cart’s selected shipping method, use shippingMethodHandle. This will return the handle of the chosen shipping method or null if none has been selected.

It’s important to note that calling getShippingMethod() will set the least expensive option for the order if one hasn’t yet been selected. This can lead to some confusion if you’re expecting it to represent an explicit choice from the user.