ShipperHQ allows you to set up different configuration scenarios under four scopes. This document explains important information you should know about using scopes.
To change the scope you’re configuring, use the drop-down in the top-right corner of the ShipperHQ dashboard (screenshot below).
Scopes in ShipperHQ let you set up several configurations of your shipping rules, carriers, origins, etc. This can be used for several purposes outlined below.
The most important purpose of scopes in ShipperHQ is to support a best-practice development lifecycle. By making changes to your configuration in the Test scope, for example, and testing those on your dev site you can ensure that you’ve ironed out any potential wrinkles before pushing those changes to your live site under the Live scope.
The names of each scope are pre-defined and cannot be changed, but there are no differences in functionality. You can technically use the “Test” scope on your Live environment if you wanted.
If your shipping differs significantly during times of the year (e.g. holiday vs. non-holiday seasons) you can maintain both configurations at the same time in separate scopes. When the time comes to switch between them you won’t need to reconfigure.
What Options are Controlled by Scope
All of the configuration options available in the navigation on the left-hand nav bar in ShipperHQ are scope-specific. The only options that apply across all scopes are those found in the Account Settings panels and Features (Features are applied across all scopes as well).