Getting real-time U.S. and international shipping rates from UPS®, USPS®, and FedEx® is very important to any eCommerce websites charging shipping. There are different ways to do it: Integrate individually with each of the big shipping companies, Integrate with a 3rd party business which specialize in shipment, or use a platform that does it all for you.
There are pros and cos to each option. The easiest way is via a comprehensive platform like BigCommerce. They handle important tasks such as the integration UPS®, USPS®, and FedEx® for you but, most importantly, they take care of any updates needed to keep these links current. Yes, shipping company will change their programming from time to time which means you will need your webmaster to adjust the API (code that communicates from your site to theirs, and back to your site).
Integrating to each shipping provider requires a website programmer, typically one familiar with PHP coding. The access to each provider is free of charge, no licensing required just the coder’s work to be paid by you. It is a great option if you want to own 100% of your site which is then an asset owned by your business, not a site you lease online.
There is an option that is between using a complete eCommerce platform and custom integration. This is option is to connect to a 3rd party company that provides shipping rates. Their integration may still require a coder but, just like BigCommerce, they will take care of any upgrades needed in the future.
Choosing the correct option for your online business is important so, before you choose, contact our team of expert. We offer complimentary eCommerce consultations. Call 707-794-9999.