USPS Shipping


Integrating USPS online rates

Setting up your Ecommerce Plus template to automatically use USPS shipping is pretty simple as the majority of the the integration has been done for you. Just follow the steps below.

US and overseas shipping costs are automatically calculated according to product weight and destination. To activate USPS shipping method you need to register for a username. The process is quite simple and the registration form is available at . . . under the link Access USPS web tools.

You will receive a long email from USPS with information regarding testing the system before going live on the production server. We have already done this step for you so that can be ignored. All that is needed is to follow the instructions for going live on the production server.

The final step for using USPS shipping is to enter your ZIP code in the admin main panel along with your USPS username. Do be sure to use your 5 digit zip code, not the extended version. These are used in determining shipping costs within the USA.

Once you have selected USPS shipping in the admin main page then you should see a link "Edit USPS Shipping Methods" on your admin home page and that is where you can select the shipping methods that your package shipment can use.

There's no more to it than that really, and as all the integration has already been provided in the software you should be up and running with USPS.

All that is left to do is to add the weight of each product as they are added through the product admin section. The shipping cost will then be calculated on checkout depending on the origin, destination and weight of the order.

USPS Order Tracking

It's possible for customers to track their orders from a page on your site - if you don't have the tracking page, you can set it up yourself...

ASP Version
Take a copy of products.asp and call it tracking.asp
Then go to HTML view and change the line

<!--#include file="vsadmin/inc/incproducts.asp"-->


<!--#include file="vsadmin/inc/inctracking.asp"-->

PHP Version
Take a copy of products.php and call it tracking.php
Then go to HTML view and change the line

<?php include "vsadmin/inc/incproducts.php" ?>


<?php include "vsadmin/inc/inctracking.php" ?>


After you apply to the USPS, you will receive an email from them with your username. In this email will be a couple of lines about how to switch your profile to allow you access to the production server. Until you follow this step you will receive an error in checkout about not being authorized on the server. Remember to mention to USPS that the set up is "pre-tested" and you are using Ecommerce Templates.


If you receive the following error

"Invalid XML Element content is invalid according to the DTD/Schema."

then make sure you have selected "Pack Products Together" in your main admin settings. USPS has a hard limit of 25 package ratings per request so unfortunately anything over 8 items in the cart exceeds this limit if you are using "Pack Products Separately".