How To Create A Free Shipping Offer Using A WooCommerce Coupon

Want to create a free shipping offer at your WooCommerce store?

In this post, we’ll show you how to create a simple free shipping offer using WooCommerce’s built-in coupon functionality.

Then, you’ll learn how you can use the Advanced Coupons plugin to enhance your offer with functionality like scheduling your coupon to automatically run during certain dates, adding restrictions (like only offering free shipping for certain products), letting users apply the free shipping offer by clicking a button or URL, and a whole lot more!

Let’s dig in…

How To Create A Free Shipping Offer Using Native WooCommerce Functionality

For basic uses, you can create a free shipping offer using built-in WooCommerce functionality.

This method works in a pinch, but there are some limitations when it comes to scheduling your coupon, restricting access, and offering other features to incentivize shoppers to make a purchase.

In the next section, we’ll show you how the Advanced Coupons plugin can help you fix those limitations.

For now, though, here’s how to create a free shipping coupon in WooCommerce…

Step 1: Enable Free Shipping Method

To get started, you need to create a shipping method for your free shipping discount.

To do that, go to WooCommerce → Settings. Then, click on the Shipping tab and edit the shipping zone for which you want to create your free shipping offer:

Edit shipping zone

Then, click the Add shipping method button:

add new shipping method

In the popup, choose Free shipping from the drop-down and then click Add shipping method:

Choose free shipping

Then, edit the new free shipping method that you just created:

Edit free shipping method

In the popup interface, use the Free shipping requires… drop-down to select A valid free shipping coupon. Then, save your changes:

require free shipping coupon

Step 2: Create A Free Shipping Coupon

Next, you’re ready to create the actual free shipping coupon that shoppers can use to take advantage of the free shipping method that you just created.

To do that, go to WooCommerce → Coupons and click Add coupon:

how to create a WooCommerce free shipping code

In the next screen, enter the coupon code that you want to use at the top and then check the box for Allow free shipping:

Have coupon offer free shipping

If desired, you can then use the Usage restriction and Usage limits tabs to restrict access and usage of your coupon. For example, you could only let shoppers use the coupon for orders of $50+.

Once you’re finished, click the Publish button to make your coupon live:

Usage restrictions

And then customers will be able to apply the coupon in their carts or during checkout:

Example of WooCommerce free shipping coupon

If you run into any issues, check out our WooCommerce free shipping not working troubleshooting guide.

How To Enhance Your Free Shipping Offer With Advanced Coupons

Advanced Coupons is a WooCommerce plugin that lets you run more intelligent coupon campaigns.

While you can use it to create any type of coupon, it also works perfectly with free shipping coupons and will let you create some interesting types of offers.

Here are some of the things that you’ll be able to do with this plugin that you can’t do with the default WooCommerce coupon functionality:

  • Schedule start/end dates for your free shipping coupons. While the native functionality lets you set an expiry date, there’s no way to schedule a start date. With Advanced Coupons, you can set up time-sensitive campaigns to run automatically.
  • Automatically apply the free shipping coupon in shoppers’ carts based on a variety of conditions that you can choose.
  • Restrict coupons to certain user roles. For example, you could create a special free shipping coupon that’s only available to paying members at your site.
  • Show coupon notifications with a “click-to-apply” button. For example, you can display a notification when the user meets the conditions to use the free shipping coupon.
  • A whole lot more!

Advanced Coupons for WooCommerce adds its functionality to the native WooCommerce coupon feature. So to get started, you’ll repeat the exact same steps that you saw above to create your basic free shipping coupon.

Only now, you’ll have a whole heap of new options in the regular WooCommerce Coupons interface, contained in a bunch of new tabs on the side:

New settings from Advanced Coupons for WooCommerce

Here are some of the things that you can set up in these tabs…

Create A Start/End Date For Your Free Shipping Coupon

To schedule your free shipping coupon to only run during certain dates, go to the Scheduler tab. There, you can enter a Coupon start date and Coupon expiry date. You can also customize the messages that appear if a shopper tries to use the coupon before or after it’s live:

Schedule free shipping coupon

Below, you can see how the message appears when a user tries to enter the coupon before the deal starts:

Message when not active

Give Shoppers A One-Click Apply Button When They Meet Certain Conditions

If your free shipping coupon has restrictions, such as a minimum order amount, Advanced Coupon’s One Click Apply Notification feature is a great way to give your shoppers a little extra motivation to finish their order once they qualify for the free shipping coupon.

Instead of forcing them to remember to apply the coupon, this feature will pop up a notification as soon as the customer meets the criteria. Then, the shopper just needs to click the link to automatically apply the coupon in their cart:

One-click apply free shipping button

To create your own notification, go to the One Click Apply Notification tab. Then, check the box to enable the feature and enter the text you want to use for the button and message:

configure one-click apply functionality

Restrict Free Shipping Coupon To Certain User Roles

Want to limit who can take advantage of your free shipping coupon by user role? You could offer targeted free shipping coupons to:

  • Members at your membership site or online course
  • Vendors at your multi-vendor marketplace
  • Guests
  • Any other user role!

To enable this functionality, go to the Role Restrictions tab and check the box for Enable role restrictions.

Then, you’ll be able to choose exactly which roles are able to use this coupon, as well as enter an error message that displays to other user roles:

Restrict access to free shipping by user role

Create A URL That Automatically Applies Free Shipping

For another way to make it easy for shoppers to access your free shipping deal, you can use Advanced Coupons’ URL Coupons functionality.

With this feature, you can share a special URL that automatically applies the free shipping coupon when people visit it.

This is especially great if you’re promoting your free shipping deal on social media. All you do is share the link to your social followers and they’ll be able to take advantage of the deal right away.

To configure this feature, head to the URL Coupons tab. There, you can get the URL, as well as add a custom redirect and message. For example, you can automatically redirect people to their carts and give them a success message like this:

Create a free shipping coupon URL

Get Creative With Cart Conditions

We’ve highlighted a few specific situations above, but the powerful thing about Advanced Coupons is that it lets you create your own unique situations using its Cart Conditions feature.

Here, you can add a variety of conditions to your offer, including:

  • Product quantities
  • Order subtotal or quantity
  • Customer logged in status
  • Customer user role
  • Within X hours of last order or registration date
  • Whether the customer has ordered before or not

You can mix-and-match these rules to create your own custom scenarios:

Advanced Coupons cart conditions

For example, you could offer free shipping on certain products or certain quantities of products. Or, you could offer free shipping as a special loyalty perk for customers who have placed at least one order.

Create Your WooCommerce Free Shipping Offer Today!

If you just want to create a simple WooCommerce free shipping coupon, you can use WooCommerce’s built-in functionality to set up a free shipping offer.

Then, if you want more flexibility to control how that offer functions, as well as user-friendly features like a one-click apply button or a shareable coupon URL, the Advanced Coupons plugin can help you extend that existing WooCommerce functionality in a variety of ways.

To get started, head here and choose the plan that’s right for you.

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