How to Avoid Conflict in Hiding Shipping Methods When Multiple Hide Shipping Rules Satisfies Using Advanced Hide Shipping Rules?

This article intends to provide step-by-step instructions to set up advanced hide shipping rules by combining multiple hide shipping rules using ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods. Refer to the product page to know more about other various features of the plugin.

There are many scenarios you may need to hide specific shipping options from the customers, like a particular shipping option may not be available for the customer’s zip code. And if you add multiple hide shipping rules to your WooCommerce store, there are chances that a case can satisfy all the rules or multiple rules that result in a conflict in hiding shipments from their checkout page. The solution to avoid this conflict is Advanced Rules!

To know more about hiding shipping rules, you can refer to its documentation.

In Advanced Rules, we can combine the conditions of individual hide shipping rules and set a specific shipping method(s) to hide when a customer satisfies the conditions of the individual rules.

Let’s see how we can configure this with an example.

Prerequisites

To set advanced hide shipping rules, you need the following:

  1. ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods

Steps to Set Advanced Hide Shipping Rules in Your WooCommerce Store

Let me break down the process into two simple steps.

  1. Create individual hide shipping rules.
  2. Combine multiple rules into an advanced hide shipping rule.

1.Create individual hide shipping rules

Go to WordPress Sidebar menu > ELEX Hide Shipping.

The first step is to configure filters as conditions that should be satisfied by the customer to hide the specific shipping method(s) from their checkout page.

For more details regarding each filter, check the detailed documentation of the ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods plugin.

Let us check the 2 cases.

Case 1

Your store does not provide the local pickup option to a specific Postal Code –14606. Hence you need to hide the local pickup option from the customers who entered this respective postal code in their billing address.

Hence, Rule 1: When a customer enters the ‘14606’ as postal code in their shipping address, the local pickup option should not be available on the cart page.

Check the screenshot:

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Local Pickup Filter Settings

In the filter tab, I have entered the postal code. Click on Save & Continue.ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Local Pickup Shipping Method

I have chosen local pickup to be hidden for the customer who enters the postal code ‘14606’. And given the rule name as ‘Rule_1’.

Click on Create Rule.

See the checkout page below when a customer enters 14606’ as postal code in the billing address.

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Local Pickup Shipping Example

The customer can only choose the ‘flat rate’ or ‘free shipping’ option.

Check the next case:

Case 2

If a customer’s cart subtotal is less than or equal to $10, you do not want to provide free shipping as well as the flat rate option for the shipping of the package 

Hence, Rule 2: Hide free shipping and flat rate for the customers whose cart subtotal is less than or equal to $10. 

Check the screenshots of setting filters and hiding shipments:

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Filter Based on Order Subtotal

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Shipping Rule2

When a customer’s cart subtotal is $9, they have only one option – local pickup. Check the screenshot:

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Shipping Method Checkout Page

You can see the 2 rules under ‘Manage Rules’.

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Shipping Rules

If a customer enters the postal code as 14606, and the subtotal is less than or equal to $10, the available shipping options will be:

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Multiple Rules

Here, only Rule_1 has been applied. Even though the customer’s subtotal is less than $10, they can opt for free shipping and flat rate, as well as local pickup option is not available.

2. Combine multiple rules into an advanced hide shipping rule

In order to avoid this conflict, you can create an advanced rule that applies filters in both rules and hide selected shipments.

Rule 3: If Rule_1 and Rule_2 satisfies, hide ‘free shipping’.

Go to the Advanced Rule tab.

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Advanced Rule

Add Rule_1 and Rule_2. Click on ‘Save & Continue’.ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Hide Free shipping in Advanced Rules

Hide ‘free shipping’.

After saving the rule, you can check the checkout page when the 2 rules are satisfying.

ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods | Advanced Rule in Checkout Page

As per our configuration, it hides ‘free shipping’, even though the 2 rules are satisfying.

Like this, you can combine multiple rules and create an advanced rule for hiding shipments effectively without any conflicts.


To explore more details about the plugins, go check out ELEX Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods plugin.

Read the product setting up article to understand the plugin, in detail. Or check out the product documentation section for more related articles.

You can also check out other WooCommerce and WordPress plugins in ELEX.

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