In this article, I will show you Flexible Quantity in action - a FREE measurement price calculator for WooCommerce plugin. If you want to sell products by a different unit of measure in your store, the plugin is for you! Read when and how to use Flexible Quantity to have prices based on weight, dimensions, area, or volume.
When to use a Measurement Price Calculator plugin for WooCommerce
Usually, we buy the product’s exact number of items, right? But if you think about it there may be a lot of situations when you buy products by weight, area, size, or volume. There are some scenarios when you just need the specific unit price calculator. And a customized way for selling products with new units of measure that extend the simple item offered by WooCommerce!
Today you’ll learn how and when to change the unit of measure in WooCommerce. Next, you will see how to calculate the product price dynamically based on the weight, dimension, area, or volume. You will also read how to manage the quantity with the increment, minimum and maximum values. Finally, you will see some great features of the plugin you can use. For there is more :) 🚀
Table of contents
In this article, you will learn when and how to use the Flexible Quantity plugin for the measurement price calculation in your WooCommerce store.
- Scenarios when you may need a plugin
- How to install and use the FREE plugin to get the job done
- Add new units of measure and its price for better cost calculation
- Set increment value, the minimum, and maximum product quantity
- Unit dimensions, pricing table & flexible shipping classes with PRO
When you need a Measurement Price Calculator
By default, WooCommerce gives you a product item. So, your customers can buy one, two, three, and more pieces of the product. It’s enough if you sell products by the items.
But what about the scenarios where you want to sell/ buy products based on a different unit of measure. For example, let’s look at some products sold by their weight, size, area, or volume:
- cooking ingredients,
- fruits and vegetables,
- wrapping paper,
- wooden panels,
- custom paint,
- transportation services,
Of course, many of them you can offer in packages, boxes, or pallets. The measurement calculator will help you sell these products & services precisely. It means that the customer will buy the exact quantity, weight, area, or volume.
Now, let’s see some examples of the shopping scenarios you may want to achieve with such precise measurements in your store:
- feet and inches measurement calculator,
- prices based on the exact weight (coal, firewood, stone),
- professional and raw materials cut,
- a precise area for building renovation services,
- measurement calculator for property & service price based on the house or land area,
- selling the exact volume of the product,
- granite measurement calculator,
- flexible price based on the final measurement of the product (food, transportation),
- wooden panels, wallpaper, or painting service price based on the area,
- selling products based on the volume (paint, oil, soup),
- offering storage space by the area (parking space) or volume (food containers, truck space),
- estimating the rent or property price based on the area of a real estate.
Ok, let’s learn more about Flexible Quantity then. As I’ve mentioned, it’s a plugin that will help you to use new units of measure and benefit from a measurement price calculator in WooCommerce. In the next sections, you will learn how to install the plugin and what features you can use with it.
You may also start with this short video about the plugin:
Get Flexible Quantity to calculate the price based on a new unit of measurement
- First, download the free plugin.
Download Flexible Quantity
- Then, install and activate it in WordPress → Plugins → Add new.
- And that’s it! You can now use the measurement price calculator in WooCommerce.
Next, let’s see how to add new units of measurement and use other settings of the plugin.
Add new units of measure
- First, go to the Product Edit screen -> Product Data section -> Flexible Quantity tab.
- Enable the calculator and choose the new unit of measurement for the WooCommerce product.
- Your customers will see the new unit on the product page.
You may choose a new unit like weight, dimension, area, or volume. Of course, you can now create many products with different units of measurement. So, you may offer many package options and flexible and precise measurements for the quantity!
Now, let’s see how to control the increment value of the unit and the quantity of the product.
Use increment value and the minimum / maximum quantity to manage your sales
Sometimes, you may want to sell products that are packed in different quantities. Let’s assume that you want to offer a transportation service for every 100km started. So you can add 100 as an increment value.
There is also a way to limit the quantity of the product. Let’s assume that we offer stone transported by your company. You want to set the minimum and maximum weight the customer can buy. Let’s set the minimum quantity to 1000kg and the maximum to 5000kg (as your track can handle that weight). Of course, it’s wise to define the increment value here as well. For example, 100kg should suffice.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of cases where you can benefit from using the increment value, and setting the minimum and maximum quantity for your WooCommerce products.
Use unit dimensions, pricing table, and flexible shipping classes with PRO
So, you’ve added new units of measurements and set the increment and min/ max quantity. You can now sell your products with more flexibility. You will achieve all of the above scenarios with the free version of Flexible Quantity.
But let’s suppose now, that you want to let your customers define the exact dimension of the product. In this case, you may need an advanced solution for selling WooCommerce products based on the quantity and new units of measurement.
So, the goal is to allow your customers to set up the exact size, volume, or product weight. You can use additional features for better measurement price calculations and flexible product pricing with Flexible Quantity PRO:
Let’s see now how to use the PRO features of the plugin for many scenarios in a store!
The first functionality will let you show the dimensions for the new unit of measure. It will allow you to get the user input for the exact measurement of the product quantity, and thus the price calculation.
For example, you can let your customers calculate the product (wooden panels) price based on the precise dimensions of the area.
- Start with choosing the new unit of measurement (square meters).
- Then, define the labels and the settings of the unit dimensions.
- As a result, your customers will be able to define the exact dimensions of the wooden panels.
You can also predefine the dimension yourself, for example, when a product has a fixed width of one meter (like fabric, wallpaper, or carpeting).
As you can see, the Flexible Quantity plugin gives you a lot of flexibility and possible settings!
Now, let’s look at the second PRO feature - a pricing table.
You can set different product prices depending on the quantity. For example, you want to offer better prices for retailers that will buy more. So, let’s set some thresholds in the pricing table for the product.
Now the price per unit will depend on the quantity of the order. The customer will see better prices directly on the product page when choosing more (the higher quantity or the dimensions of the product).
The pricing table for your WooCommerce product will give you control over the exact prices per unit and quantity.
Shipping Class Table
The third feature of the PRO will help you to adjust the shipping cost based on the quantity.
Let’s assume that you sell wood or stone. The customer can buy a specific amount (in kg). The shipping cost should depend on the quantity as you will use a different transportation means depending on the weight.
- You have 3 shipping classes with additional shipping costs.
- Now, you use Flexible Quantity to define the shipping class based on the quantity.
- The product shipping class (thus the shipping cost) will depend on the quantity (weight) of the product.
The shipping class table settings will let you create tailored solutions for your WooCommerce store for better shipping cost management.
Read more about setting the WooCommerce shipping classes.
In this article, you’ve learned when and how to use the Measurement Price Calculator in WooCommerce. Also, about the option to set the increment value, the maximum and minimum quantity of the product.
Start selling products with new units of measure today!
First, download the free version of the Flexible Quantity to extend your WooCommerce!
Also, visit the Flexible Quantity product page to see the PRO features.
Finally, test the plugin (free and PRO) in your free demo.
Of course, if you have any questions or suggestions, let us know!