March 19, 2018

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with customers lately who are moving over to our new Managed WooCommerce Hosting, and most of them have asked about how to simplify shipping. After fielding that question for the sixth time this week, I decided it was time to write about shipping in WooCommerce using ShipStation.

There are other options for shipping fulfillment through WooCommerce, but ShipStation integrates easily, their packages are affordable, and the options are robust – making this my personal recommendation.

ShipStation Integrates with All eCommerce Markets

All of your orders are automatically imported from every online store: Amazon, eBay, WooCommerce, and others. Plus, when you are ready to take your products to an international market, ShipStation can make sure those orders are shipped. They also use an unreal amount of delivery options like USPS, FedEx, DHL, CanadaPost, and others. 

Easy to Setup

Once you choose the ShipStation plan that works for your store, you need to get the WooCommerce integration plugin.

How to Install ShipStation for WooCommerce

  1. Download the .zip file from your WooCommerce account.
  2. Go toWordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New and Upload Plugin with the file you downloaded with Choose File.
  3. Install Now and Activate the extension.

Go to and you are prompted with a ‘Selling Channel’ pop-up that allows you connect to WooCommerce.

If you’re an existing ShipStation user, find this at: ShipStation Account Settings > Selling Channels > Connect a store or marketplace.

Nexcess - Using ShipStation with WooCommerce

Make the WooCommerce choice and then you will see this box.

Nexcess - ShipStation WooCommerce

Enter the Auth Key found on your site at: WooCommerce > Settings > Integration > ShipStation. This is a unique string generated by the plugin and allows ShipStation to connect.

Enter your WordPress site domain e.g., This tells ShipStation where to request orders.

Select ‘Test Connection’ and Finish.

Other Shipping Options for WooCommerce

ShipStation is not the only option for shipping in WooCommerce. There are other options available for you to use.

If you use CanadaPost or USPS exclusively, then you can use WooCommerce Shipping. It is free and you don’t need to use any other extensions to integrate with your store. 

Another favorite for WordPress users is ShippingEasy. It integrates with several shipping carriers and has a nice looking dashboard that manages inventory. 

Shipping is something that every non-digital WooCommerce store owner should take seriously. There are many options out there to help you make sure your customers receive their purchases and have the added value of helping you maintain your inventory and control your costs.

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Lindsey Miller
Lindsey Miller

Lindsey Miller is a WordPress and WooCommerce expert and Chief Executive Officer of Content Journey, a content marketing agency that focuses on increasing organic website traffic for their clients through SEO and blogging. She knows WordPress inside and out and has been working with WordPress since 2010 when she started her first WordPress blog. Since then she has attended WordCamps all over the world and had the honor of speaking at many WordCamps and other WordPress events such as WooSesh and WordFest. Lindsey has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in human relations, clinical mental health from the University of Oklahoma.

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