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I would like to know if it is possible to enable free shipping with Woo Commerce only if certain items (or items of certain categories / shipping classes) are included in the cart.

The Free Shipping option only activates on the basis of cart value or via a coupon code so I investigated Flat Rate shipping and discovered that it prioritises the most expensive shipping class over the cheaper ones. This means the free shipping class I created never overrides the default charge.

I understand the logic behind this but it's the opposite of what I need as the idea is to incentivise purchases of higher profit margin products by eliminating delivery charges when they're included in an order.

I don't know if what I am trying to achieve is simply not possible within Woo Commerce. A coupon that only applies to certain products / categories seems to be the closest I can get but I'd rather not force users to enter a code at checkout.

Does anybody know if there any simpler ways to give users who purchase certain products free shipping?

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Perhaps this doesn't fully answer your question, but the table rate shipping plugin does give you the option to set a priority for a particular rate. Furthermore, this discussion gives a lot of hints as to where you could look for solutions

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Thanks. Looking at the documentation for Table Rate Shipping it appears that it will do what I need it to. If my employer goes for the licence I'll update on whether it's of use. –  James O'Neill Mar 15 '13 at 11:00
Please don't post links to outside resources. Rather summon them here and use the link on top of it. If the link goes, the answer is useless and we're having a hard fight preventing link rot. -1 –  kaiser Sep 6 '13 at 20:48
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Does anybody know if there any simpler ways to give users who purchase certain products free shipping?

Actually, when creating a product you can just mark it as a Virtual product right within the product editor and that will exclude shipping completely for that item.

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This works for simple products, but not for other types of products -- variable, for example. Nice try though. This will probably work for some people. –  Alexander Lee Williams Sep 6 '13 at 20:45
Why doesn't this work for variable products? You can mark each variation as virtual. –  BFTrick Sep 17 '13 at 19:37
I agree @BFTrick –  Nathan Sep 18 '13 at 18:09
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Here's a snippet colleted from some Gists out of a GitHub issue discussion linked by @Ewout in another answer. I added a var_dump(), so you can uncomment and check what exactly you want to remove.

$available_methods is an array of:

$available_methods as $method_id => $method

Compare against $method_id if you need more specific checks.

// Hide standard shipping option when free shipping is available
add_filter( 'woocommerce_available_shipping_methods', 'wpse90835_hide_standard_shipping_when_free_is_available' );
 *  Hide Standard Shipping option when free shipping is available
 * @param array $available_methods
function wpse90835_hide_standard_shipping_when_free_is_available( $available_methods )
    // Developers!: Dump this to see what you can unset
    # var_dump( $available_methods );

    // remove standard shipping option
    if ( 
        isset( $available_methods['free_shipping'] ) 
        AND isset( $available_methods['flat_rate'] )
        unset( $available_methods['flat_rate'] );

    return $available_methods;
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Based on kaiser's code (above) I have created the following code:


* Hide free shipping option when Standard Shipping is available * * @param array $available_methods */ function mwe_hide_free_shipping_when_standard_shipping_is_available($available_methods) {

// remove standard shipping option
if (isset($available_methods['free_shipping']) AND isset( $available_methods['flat_rate'])) {

return $available_methods;

} add_filter('woocommerce_available_shipping_methods', 'mwe_hide_free_shipping_when_standard_shipping_is_available');

And in turns of setting up WooCommerce, I have Free Shipping and Flat Rate both enabled in the Woo Shipping Options. Then I just set up a Shipping Class, specify it's cost (e.g., £7.95) in the Flat Rate options page, and then just add that shipping class to the products I want to charge £7.95 p&p for.

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