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Configuring WooCommerce Settings

On this and the following pages we walk through explanations of the settings available to you in WooCommerce.

When you go to WooCommerce > Settings you’ll see there are tabs across the page for the different kinds of settings.

The settings tabs included in the WooCommerce plugin are:

Note: WooCommerce is highly extensible, open source software. Extensions commonly add additional settings and tabs to the WooCommerce settings page(s). If you see additional settings to those pictured and mentioned in the following pages, they’ve been added by an extension, your theme, or custom code.

General Settings

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WooCommerce general settings include your store’s location. Where you’ll sell and ship orders to, what to use as the default customer location, enabling or disabling taxes and coupons, and your store’s currency options.

Find and edit the general settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > General

For details about the settings on the “General” tab, see: General Settings

Products Settings

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WooCommerce Products settings cover what page is set as your site’s main “shop” page, what units of measurement to use for product dimensions, product review settings, inventory management and stock notifications, how downloadable products are handled, and more.

Find and edit the products settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Products

For details about the settings on the “Products” tab, see: Products Settings

Tax Settings

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The tax settings tab won’t be visible until taxes are enabled in the general settings. WooCommerce’s built-in tax settings let you choose how taxes are displayed and calculated in your shop, you can also add tax rates for specific areas, and additional tax classes with different rates to be used for certain products or shipping costs.

Find and edit the tax settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Tax.

For details about the settings on the “Tax” tab, see: WooCommerce Tax Settings.

Shipping Settings

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WooCommerce has built in shipping settings and methods to cover a wide range of use cases.

Find and edit the shipping settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping.

Shipping Zones

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The main shipping settings screen is for Shipping Zones. Think of a shipping zone as a geographic region where a certain set of shipping methods and their rates will apply.

You can read about setting up shipping zones at: Setting up Shipping Zones

Shipping settings

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The “Shipping settings” page has the following settings:

  • Calculations
    • Enable the shipping calculator on the cart page
    • Hide shipping costs until an address is entered
  • Shipping Destination
    • Ship to billing address or customer shipping address by default or only ship to the user’s billing address.
  • Debug Mode
    • Enabling debug mode will display the customer’s matched shipping zone in a notice on the site’s front-end, and bypass the shipping rate cache. Enable for troubleshooting purposes.

Shipping Classes

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Shipping classes can be used to enable shipping methods to provide different rates to different classes or types of products.

You can read about setting up shipping classes at: Product Shipping Classes

Local Pickup

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Local Pickup is an option that allows the customer to pick up an order themselves. There are currently two core implementations of Local pickup.

We advise only using one implementation of Local Pickup at a time to avoid confusing shoppers.

Payments Settings

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Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Payments to control which payment gateways are enabled, and to configure each gateway’s settings.

Use the Enabled toggle to turn a gateway on or off:

If you try to enable a payment method that needs additional configuration, you’ll be redirected to the setup screen for that payment method.

Clicking the name of the payment gateway will take you to a screen to set up or adjust its settings. Another way to configure payment gateway settings is to select the “Set Up” or “Manage” button for that payment gateway.

Installed gateways are listed in the table and can be dragged and dropped to control the order in which they display to customers on the checkout.

See the following pages for more payment gateway information:

Accounts and Privacy Settings

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In the accounts and privacy settings you can enable or disable guest checkout, control customer account creation, control how personal data is retained or removed from your shop, and set your privacy policy notices.  

Find the accounts and privacy settings at : WooCommerce > Settings > Accounts & Privacy

For more details about the settings on the “Accounts & Privacy” tab, see: Accounts and Privacy Settings

Email Settings

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You can edit design elements of your store’s email template, change your store’s sending address, and configure your settings for (or disable) each email WooCommerce sends. 

Find the email settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Emails

For more details about the settings on the “Emails” tab, see: Email Settings

Integration settings

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The integration settings are where you enter your license key for the MaxMind Geolocation integration. Extensions and other integrations may also add settings to this tab.

Find the Integration settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Integration

Advanced Settings

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Advanced settings allow you to set WooCommerce pages, integrate external applications with the REST API, add custom webhooks to your store, and enable new or experimental features like high performance order storage and the new product editor.  

Find the advanced settings at: WooCommerce > Settings > Advanced.

For more details about the settings on the “Advanced” tab, see: Advanced Settings

Questions and Support

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Do you still have questions and need assistance? 

This documentation is about the free, core WooCommerce plugin for which support is provided in our community forums on WordPress.org. Searching there you’ll often find that your question has been asked and answered before.

If you haven’t created a WordPress.org account to use the forums, here’s how.

  • If you’re looking to extend the core functionality shown here, we recommend reviewing available extensions in the Woo Marketplace.
  • Need ongoing advanced support, or a customization built for WooCommerce? Hire a WooExpert agency.
  • Are you a developer building your own WooCommerce integration or extension? Check our Developer Resources.

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