Configuration Guide for Local SEO for WooCommerce

Last update: 17 May, 2017

If you’ve already installed the Local SEO for WooCommerce plugin, you can start using it.

Table of Contents

Local SEO functionality

It is important to realize that this plugin offers all functionality provided by our Local SEO plugin. Go to the configuration guide for Local SEO to setup the Local SEO functionality.

This article elaborates only on specific configurations for WooCommerce and it assumes you have already configured your Local SEO settings and location(s).

Shipping method settings

You can find the shipping method settings by going to:
WooCommerce -> Settings -> Shipping (tab) -> Local Store Pickup

Single Location

If you have configured only one location in your Local SEO configuration the screen looks like this:

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  • Enable/Disable: let’s you activate or deactivate this shipping method.
  • Checkout text: is a text that is shown during the checkout process. It could provide some information for your customers on the process after the order has been completed. Like: ’You will be notified when your order is ready for pickup’.
  • Local pickup costs: Sets the costs ( if any ) for shipping the order tot hat specific location. Use a positive floating or integer value without taxes here.

Multiple Locations

If you have configured multiple locations and possibly some location categories in your Local SEO configuration the screen looks like this:

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  • Enable/Disable: let’s you activate or de-activate this shipping method
  • Checkout text: is a text that is shown during the checkout process. It could provide some information for your customers on the process after the order has been completed. Like: ’You will be notified when your order is ready for pickup’.
  • Costs per category: enables you to activate and set the costs for all locations inside a specific location category.
  • Costs per location: enables you to activate and set the costs for specific locations.

Important: Your location specific setting will always override the category specific settings for that location.

WooCommerce own “Local pickup” shipping method

This plugin makes WooCommerce own Local pickup shipping method superfluous. If you already configured WooCommerce to use it, you will be prompted to disable it when you have enabled Local Store Pickup shipping method.

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If you hadn’t configured WooCommerce to use it we disabled the visibility of that shipping method for you and you can’t configure it anymore until you disable Local Store Pickup as a shipping method.

New order statuses

In order to manage your WooCommerce orders properly we created a couple of new order statuses:

  • Transporting: means that your order has been shipped and is currently in transport tot he local store.
  • Ready for pickup: means that the order has arrived at the local pickup store and can now be picked up by the customers.

To manage this flow we created the Transport overview. You can find it here:

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This overview shows a list of all orders that need to be shipped to a local store and has either one of the following statuses: “Processing”, “Transporting” or “Ready for pickup”.

From this overview you can update the status of a specific order to one of the following statuses: “Processing”, “Transporting”, “Ready for pickup” or “Completed”.

Once a customer has pick up his order from the local store you can set the status to “Completed” and the order will disappear from this overview.

New order statuses mails

Along with the new order statuses we created a couple of extra e-mails in the order process. So we can notify customers when a status has been changed. We created e-mails for when the status changes:

  • From “Processing” to “Transporting”
  • From “Transporting” to “Ready for Pickup”

You can configure WooCommerce e-mails settings here:

WooCommerce -> Settings -> Email (tab)

The checkout process

If you have enabled and configured the locations and the shipping method correctly The location will appear as a shipping option during the checkout process.

We have altered the regular checkout process when using a local store pickup to make it more logical for our purpose.

We adjusted the following items:

  • We removed the “Shipping address” from the overview. We don’t need it anymore since we are shipping to a local store.
  • We added the checkout text which you can configure in the shipping method
  • We changed the taxable address and thus the tax calculation to the address of the local store

That’s it!

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