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The Australian Post Virtuemart 2.0 Shipping Plugin

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This is the VirtueMart 2.0 AusPost "Australia Post" Shipping Plugin that fully integrates and shows real time shipping quotes based on vendor and customer postcodes in the checkout process.
Installs as a native VirtueMart 2.0 Joomla 2.5 Shipping Plugin.

You can download it here - Download
Price is €40.00

Dedicated Test Site Here GJC Web Design Aussie Test Site
Download our Australian Post Virtuemart 2.0 Shipping Plugin Instruction PDF to see just how simple to use it is.

Remember - buy once and lifetime updates for the current Joomla (2.5) & VM (2.0) free!!!

Just use our Support Page and request your update - please mention your order id and email you used while ordering.
We will email you the new zip bundle - just re-install as normal - all your methods and settings will be saved.

Our VirtueMart 2.0 Shipping Module/Plugin for the Australian Post Office Parcel Service - Domestic and International services has been in constant development since we followed up our Australian Post VM1.1 version in early 2012.

So we thought it is about time we had a round up of what it can do and how best to configure it as a lot of new features have been added over the last year.

The latest version is 1.3.0.


Our very popular Australian Post VirtueMart 2.0 Shipping Plugin has just had another upgrade. Insurance has been added and the ability to apply discounts.
But most importantly a heavy recode has eliminated two thirds of the cURL calls to the AusPost server resulting in a significant speed up of the postage returns.
It also as standard prechecks the validity of the requests (postcode, size etc) saving more time and more reliable error checking...

# logo choose on cheapest v1.2.7 08.01.2014
# added discount v1.2.8 18.01.2014
# heavy rewrite - eliminated extra cURL calls v1.2.9 26.04.2014
# insurance added v1.2.9 26.04.2014
# small bug in height/vol calc fixed v1.3.0 17.07.2014

This is all selectable in the plugin configuration.


Free shipping with proper labels:

Many shipping plugins just return a blank when free shipping is triggered. Ours returns a proper label!



Add your own icon images:

Just upload your own images (60px x 40px) to plugins/vmshipment/auspost/auspost_images/ and they will be available in the plugin admin for selection.

Automatically finds the cheapest AusPost method:

If you select 'Cheapest Rate Always' in the 'Choose the required shipping method' drop down our plugin will automatically find the cheapest rate and display its correct name!

N.B.  don't mix the 'Cheapest Rate Always' with other relevant (i.e. Domestic or International) methods.

auspost-virtuemart-cheapest-rate admin


Over length protection:

AusPost sets length limits for it's parcel delivery as below:
  • Standard parcel: 105cm
  • Small satchel: 35.5cm
  • Medium stachel: 40.5cm
  • Large satchel:  51cm
(source: http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/prepaid-satchels.html)

We have of course provided full length detection for these methods and if any of the products in the order are over these dimensions ( and your not using 'One click set for measurements' ) that particular method will not be returned by the system.

One click set for measurements:

As you probably know AusPost calculates the shipping cost based on weight. But they also calculate a "volume weight" based on length x height x width. This will apply to large bulky but light parcels. Therefore AusPost requires these measurements to be sent as well. There is also a 105cm length limit on standard parcel measurements and a length limit of 51cm for the Satchels.

But what if you have 100's of products? If you know that they all are of a reasonable weight versus volume we have provided a one click option to send a set of dummy lxhxw measurements based on the shipment weight so that you fufill the measurement requirement and don't trigger the "volume weight" penalty cost. And it saves you filling in 100's of measurements for all your products!
So use this option if you know that your products aren't classified as bulky and light and no length is over 105cm.


Fail safe protection:

We have had some reports of the AusPosts servers timing out at busy periods in which case a the native shipping routines would consider a no-return as zero and make it selectable for the client!

We have coded the AusPost Shipping Plugin to check for a valid response and if non is received to grey out (make non-selectable) the radio button and to display a message: 'AusPost did not respond - please try again'.

auspost-virtuemart-fail safe

Fully GST compatible:

Our plugin also is coded to provide the correct GST diaplay within the cart, taking the value from the tax configuration of your site.



Clear Information for your visitors:

We also return the the error meesages from AusPost to the client so they understand any problem that may occur e.g. a non-valid postcode.
This can be displayed in the methods themselves or use the Virtuemart messaging system or both.

You can even choose your own message to display in the methods when an error occurs!
The method selection of course is disabled for any method that has an error - the radio button is disabled and greyed out.



Pre-fail on errors:

Another option that is selectable for each domestic method is Pre-fail on an AusPost error (normally it would be a non valid postcode). This effectively works as a postcode validator for your site, by simply changing the default VirtueMart error message 'We are sorry, no shipment method matches the characteristics of your order.' (COM_VIRTUEMART_CART_NO_SHIPPING_METHOD_PUBLIC) to 'Please check your postcode!'
This can slow the return of the shipping price a little so try it and see if it's acceptable.


Signature on Delivery:

This is fully configuable in the plugin administration with choice of price and label. The labelling is automatic.


Full debugging available:

If for any reason the AusPost Virtuemart shipping plugin doesn't return what you expected debugging is a breeze. Simply switch on the debugging option in the AusPost plugin options and a full and complete readout of everything the system is calculating and receiving from AusPost is printed out.
Any problems are simple to diagnose!



Our plugin is very simple to install and configure and if you need any help we are always here. 
Just read some of the reviews on Joomla Extensions to see what other customers think of our service!


Our plugin is very simple to install and configure and if you need any help we are always here.

Just download our AusPost VirtueMart 2 Shipping Plugin Instruction PDF to see just how simple it is.

You can read some of the reviews on Joomla Extensions to see what other customers think of our service!



"Thanks for a great, well coded, extension with great support.

Took a couple of minutes to install and select the appropriate options, the instructions page is simple but covers everything needed (included an override to display zero values which I implemented first go) and when the client later wanted free shipping for selected items, John from GJC was as good as his word and responded within 12 hours (different time zones) with a solution."

You can download the plugin here - Download
Price is €40.00

Any questions just use our support page - we are here to help!

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:03
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