The Product Matrix shipping extension provides a shipping calculation solution for Magento websites, allowing shipping rates to be calculated using the following criteria:
- Shipping Product Group (can be individual products or a set of products)
- Customer Group
- #Items of each Product Group in cart
This extension is based on the WebShopApps Matrixrate solution, so all capabilities within that extension are covered within ProductMatrix, including the ability to display multiple shipping rate options.
Deciding what you want to achieve
The first step to using this extension is to think about how you want to use it. Some of the questions you should be asking are:
- What shipping groups (categories) do I need to create for my products
- What delivery types do you have?
- What rules will you define for those delivery types?
- Are different product groups using different rules?
- Do I wish to filter shipping based on:
- Product type
- Shipping Group Price
- Product Group Weight
- Customer Group
If you have a set of business requirements and are struggling to translate these into logical rules that can be implemented in an extension why not let us do help you at WebShopApps? We have extensive knowledge not just of our extensions but also of shipping and how it works. There aren’t many scenarios we haven’t seen.
We can provide ‘starter’ csv files based on your requirements, together with comprehensive advise for your particular scenario and how best to implement to achieve the right shipping rates. We can do as little as a sample configuration right up to full install and setup.
Using this Knowledge Base
With Productmatrix there are a number of steps that must be followed to get yourself successfully up and running. If you follow these steps as we advise you are unlikely to encounter issues and hopefully will be getting shipping rates within a very short period of time.
Productmatrix will do all database edits for you as part of the installation, and add required attributes to the magento installation. It will not configure shipping rates for you (unfortunately!).
Here are the steps to a successful Productmatrix installation. Once you have completed each section refer back here for the next step.
|1||Install the extension|
|3||Configure your Shipping Groups|
|4||Assign Shipping Groups to Products|
|5||Configure your Shipping Rules|
|6||Decide the Totaling Algorithm To Use|
|7||Configure Carrier Options|
|8||Set Advanced Options if Appropriate|
|9||Test your Rules|
There are a wealth of examples in the Knowledge Base along with screencasts that show you an example setup.