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Using Shipment Tracking with Sequential Order Numbers Pro

For you, an online store owner, shipping is probably the most important step of the order completion process. Even the slightest mistake can cause a lot of trouble with your orders. You can make mistake while updating the order tracking information for multiple order using tracking plugins like the Shipment Tracking Pro.

As you might know, WooCommerce does not show the Order numbers in sequence. This happens because the posts saving method of WordPress. You see, WordPress considers every new event like a blog post, media, etc, as a new post. And yes, WordPress also considers a new order as a new post. This has been done to make it easier for the developers to work with the WordPress database.

On the contrary to the benefits, many store owners might find this system difficult and sometimes, make mistakes while preparing the orders for shipment or sharing the tracking information with the customers.

But, this might be the end of your problems. The WooCommerce Sequential Order Numbers Pro plugin is designed to help store owners streamline their orders numbers. This way you can manage and assign correct tracking data to the orders.

Define the order sequence

Once you have installed the plugin, you can find the plugin settings by following WooCommerce > Settings > General. Here you can set the order sequence. This plugin automatically detects your current order number and shows the next order number under the Order Number Start option.

Order Number start

It is quite easy to set up the order sequence as the plugin display the sample changes in real-time. So, if you want to display the order number along with the order date then you can do that in the following two options. For instance, in the first option(Order Number Prefix), you can set the date range by entering the date formats like {DD}-{MM}. This would translate into date format like 06-11.

Sequential order settings

Similarly, based on your choice, you can further set up the Order Number Suffix option. What’s more is that you can also set timings, which can prove to be even more convenient for you. Also, you can exclude the free orders from your usual order sequence. This way you won’t confuse your order normal orders, which is good for your accounting purposes. You can also follow the guidelines mentioned here.

Once you are done configuring the plugin, you need to add a code snippet which will convert the Order ID to Order Number. You need to paste the snippet in your WordPress > Appearance > Editor > Theme functions (functions.php). You can copy the code snippet from here.

Importing bulk tracking data

When paired with the WooCommerce Sequential Numbers Pro, the Shipment Tracking Pro plugin becomes quite a breeze to work with. For one, if you know the format of your orders then you can easily assign the correct tracking information. What the Shipment Tracking Pro plugin does best is importing multiple tracking data into their respective orders. For that, you just need to create a CSV file in a certain format and just upload it to the plugin directly or via FTP.

Below is the CSV file that needs to be uploaded to five orders that are under Processing status. The plugin uses this particular format with the columns, ID, Carrier, TrackingNumber and ShippingDate.

Bulk import tracking details

Please note that you need to enter the Order Number instead of the Order ID. Every order page would have an Order ID and Number as shown below. Just copy this Number and paste it into the excel sheet under the ID column. And after creating this excel sheet, you will have to convert it into the CSV file.

Order Id

The file can be uploaded by going into the WooCommerce > Shipment Tracking Import > Import > Choose file and then clicking on Upload file and import. And once you complete the importing process, you will find that the orders have been automatically marked as completed. As mentioned before, the order completion emails are sent along with the tracking details.

Orders completed

The WooCommerce Sequential Numbers Pro is the way to go when it comes to simplifying your orders for shipment. And now with this compatibility, order completion with minimum effort doesn’t seem to be that difficult of a job. What’s surprising is that the overall process hardly takes any time, and it is convenient for you and your customers.

Last Updated On September 21, 2018