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Advanced Coupons, by Rymera Web, now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Multi-currency offers with Advanced Coupons and Aelia Currency Switcher

Our friend Josh Kohlbach, from the Rymera Web Team, informed us that they released a new version of their Advanced Coupons plugin. This update introduces full compatibility with our multi-currency solution, the Aelia Currency Switcher for WooCommerce.

The challenge with multi-currency coupons

Many of the plugins that handle coupons, or special offers, work with the assumption that the shop will always have one currency. Due to that, they treat all prices as absolute values, and can apply discounts incorrectly in a multi-currency environment. For example:

  • A coupon for 10 USD could reduce the price by an amount of “10”, whether the product price is 100 USD, 90 EUR or 80 GBP. The resulting price would then become 90 USD (correct), 80 EUR (incorrect) and 70 GBP (incorrect).
  • An offer like “buy one, get one for 50 USD” could be interpreted by the coupon plugin as “buy one, get one for 50 USD/EUR/GBP“. The discount in USD would be correct, whereas the others would be wrong.
  • An offer like “free shipping when you spend 50 USD or more” could be interpreted by the coupon plugin as “free shipping when you spend 50 USD/EUR/GBP or more“. That would offer free shipping with the correct order amount in USD, and a higher order amount in EUR and GBP.

In the above scenarios, the error stems from the fact that the amounts entered in USD are taken as absolute values, even when the currency changes. Instead, they should be converted to their EUR and GBP counterparts.

The solution

The Advanced Coupons plugin can solve this issue, thanks to its new, native integration with our Aelia Currency Switcher. As soon as you enable it, the plugin will automatically detect our multi-currency solution and perform the conversion of your discounts, automatically. This is transparent and doesn’t require any configuration.

Is really it that easy? As you can see in the video you find below, it’s indeed easy!

What’s the advantages in using the Advanced Coupons plugin?

The Advanced Coupons plugin includes powerful features that allow you to increase your sales. Among the key features:

  • Add products with a coupon. The customer enters a coupon code, and a product is added to the cart automatically.
  • “Buy one, get one free (or discounted)” offers. Allow customers to buy multiple products, at a reduced price.
  • Shipping discounts. Offer a cheaper, or even free, shipping option when a minimum order total is reached.
  • Loyalty programs. This is a very powerful feature, that few other plugins can offer in a multi-currency environment. It allows your customers to accrue points and spend them later on your shop, while calculating the correct amount of points for each currency. For example, if you offer 1 point for every 1 USD spent, a customer who spends 150 EUR will get approximately 167 points (150 EUR to USD = ~167.45 USD = 167 points).

Multi-currency special offers at your fingertips

If you wish to run special offers on your multi-currency site, in conjunction with our Aelia Currency Switcher, the Advanced Coupons plugin is your solution. Install, enable, and you’re ready to go. On top of that, both solutions are backed by a top notch customer service, ready to assist you with any question you might have. You can also find the announcement of the integration on the official site of the coupons plugin: Multi Currency Aware Coupons With Currency Switcher for WooCommerce.

If you have any questions about the Advanced Coupons plugin and its multi-currency integration, please feel free to contact the Advanced Coupons Team. They will get back to you in no time. 👍

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

The Aelia Team

Business All-Star Accredited

We received the Business All-Star Accreditation. That’s awesome!

Over the past few weeks, our founder has been working with the All Ireland Business Foundation to achieve the prestigious Business All-Star Accreditation. The examination panel informed us that our efforts has been successful, and we have reached our goal. The accreditation is a great achievement, and a demonstration that we, at Aelia, offer to our clients high quality products and a top class customer service.

Business All-Star - Accreditation Certificate

Our founder, Diego Zanella, will attend the Gold Medal Ceremony on the 25th of October, 2019, at Croke Park, in Dublin, Ireland.

What this means for Aelia

It’s always great to see efforts recognised and rewarded. It’s also very exciting to know that we reached the standard required by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. The Business All-Star accreditation distinguishes progressive Irish businesses that meet a high level of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. Our efforts will now allow us to join unique group of excelling businesses.

Why we are so excited

The achievement will be celebrated at Croke Park, but reaching certainly wasn’t a “walk in the park“. 😃

We feel that this result is a tangible demonstration to our commitment in offering top quality products and services to our customers, as well as our collaborators.

We would like to thank all of you, customers, supporters, partners and suppliers, for having been with us during the past six years. Your continued support is what allowed us to be successful. We will strive to stay at the top of our class, and keeping offer you the great service you have come to expect from us.

The Aelia Team

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Smart Offers now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Increase your conversions with Smart Offers and Aelia Currency Switcher

We are happy to announce the start of a new collaboration, this time with the StoreApps Team. This collaboration brings you another great solution, the Smart Offers plugin. Smart Offers makes it easy to manage up-sells, cross-sells and “buy one, get one free offers”, and now it also includes native support for our popular multi-currency solution, the Aelia Currency Switcher.

Thanks to this new integration, visitors will see up-sells, cross-sells and special offers in their currency of choice. This will improve the user experience, and can help increasing conversions.

Getting started

The Smart Offers plugin integration with the Currency Switcher works out of the box. When you install the two plugins together, Smart Offers will automatically take care of showing your special offers in the correct currency. No configuration is required, it just works!

Advantages of using Smart Offers with Aelia Currency Switcher

Targeting rules, filters and more

Smart Offers includes features like targeting of offers based on user role, past purchases or cart value. All such features integrate automatically with the functions offered by the Aelia Currency Switcher, such as automatic geolocation and price conversions. All special offers will be appear consistently with customer’s location and selected currency.

Revenue reports in the selected currency

Smart Offers will automatically show you, in its Orders dashboard, the revenue earned from running the offer in each of the currencies selected by your visitors. This will help preparing statistics on which offers are more successful, and in which currency. With that information, you will be able to prepare accurately targeted offers and increase your conversion.

Conclusion

Using the Aelia Currency Switcher and the Smart Offers plugin together can greatly help increasing the effectiveness of your up-sells and cross-sells offers. The two plugin together will enable you to prepare offers targeted to specific markets, and attract more sales.

If you are using the two solutions together, we will be happy to hear your feedback, so that we can continue improving our products. Should you have any questions about using Smart Offers with our Currency Switcher, please feel free to contact the StoreApps support team. They will be ready to assist you with the installation of their powerful “special offers” solution.

That’s all, for now. I hope you enjoyed this great news, and we wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Aelia Team

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The StorePep Shipping Solution now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Using StorePep with Aelia Currency Switcher

We have partnered with the StorePep Team, to bring you yet one more great solution for your WooCommerce shop. The StorePep Shipping solution now includes native support for our WooCommerce Currency Switcher. With this solution, you can now ship globally using popular shipping carriers like FedEx, UPS, DHL and more. StorePep will charge the correct fees, in the currency used by your customers to complete the checkout.

Getting started

StorePep, along with Aelia Currency Switcher delivers a seamless shopping experience for your customers. You can combine configure StorePep by simply following these easy steps:

  1. Install and configure the Aelia Currency Switcher. Our installation guide can help you configuring the plugin: Aelia Currency Switcher – Getting Started.
  2. Install and configure StorePep, by following a few, simple steps: Integrate Your WooCommerce Online Store with StorePep.
  3. Verify that StorePep is working, by checking that the correct shipping rates appear at checkout.

You’re ready to go! StorePep will now calculate shipping costs, and the the Aelia Currency Switcher will convert them to the active currency.

Should you have any questions about using StorePep with our Currency Switcher, please contact the StorePep Support Team. They will be happy to help you configuring their shipping solution.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

The Aelia Team

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Fancy winning a $5,000 worth of WooCommerce goodies?

Our friends at CommerceGurus started a giveaway, which could allow you to get up to $5000 (yes, five thousand) worth of WooCommerce plugins and services. Among the prizes, you will find:

  • Free hosting, by DigitalOcean
  • Weglot multi-lingual
  • MemberPress Plus
  • WPForms
  • Jilt – email marketing for WooCommerce
  • Metorik WooCommerce analytics
  • Elementor Powerpack
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • WooCommerce Product Tables plugin

And more. At Aelia, we decided to contribute to the pot, by adding added a free licence for our Aelia Currency Switcher to it. Now you have the chance to get the whole package, for free!

How to enter the giveaway

Entering is easy. Simply visit the competition page at https://www.commercegurus.com/ecommerce-giveaway/ and subscribe to the CommerceGurus newsletter. You will be automatically entered into the draw, and you will be notified if you are a winner. Can’t be any easier!

From the Aelia Team, best of luck to all participants!

The Aelia Team

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EU VAT Assistant on WordPress.org – Update 12 December 2018

This post is a follow-up to the one we published on the 10 December 2018, in relation to the removal of our EU VAT Assistant from the WordPress repository.

Analysing the issue with the WordPress Team

As explained in the earlier post, due to technical limitations, the WP.org repository can only be used to host plugins that don’t have external dependencies. Plugins are expected to carry around a copy of all the files they need, even if this may cause conflicts with different versions of the same files, which might be installed on the site. Our EU VAT Assistant relies our Aelia Foundation Classes (or AFC, for short), which is an external framework. Due to that, it didn’t match the described requirement.

We had a long discussion with the WordPress Team, during which we went into the details of the decisions behind the design for our EU VAT Assistant, as well as our other plugins. We proposed several solutions, all of which were technically valid, but they were rejected on the ground of not being fully compliant with the current policies that apply to WordPress.org. The conclusion was our solutions are highly modular (and work well that way), but the public WordPress repository, in its current form, doesn’t support such architecture.

The challenge

The restrictions on the WordPress repository presented a significant challenge. We spent a significant amount of time and effort to create our existing, modular architecture. All our solutions are based on it, and they have been thoroughly tested. The WordPress Team insist that all plugins should carry around their own copy of the required files, while we have enough experience and statistical data to disagree with such statement. Besides, we couldn’t afford to discard years of work to go back to the required “monolithic” design, risking to introduce issues in the process.

The main hurdle came from one of the core principle on which the Aelia Foundation Classes is based. We wrote the AFC Framework with the assumption that there will always be one copy of such framework installed, at any given time. Such requirement can be easily enforced, and it allows to share the same code across multiple plugins. It also avoids having to write a convoluted logic to check if multiple copies of a framework are installed, and which one should be used. Based on our tests and experience, it’s a leaner and more effective approach.

Our challenge was to find a way to reach the following targets:

  1. Allow the EU VAT Assistant to carry around and load its own framework.
  2. Allow plugins that rely on the shared AFC Framework to keep doing so.
  3. Avoid substantial rewriting of any of the plugins, or the framework.

The AFC Framework as the key

After a careful analysis of our options, we realised that the AFC Framework could be the solution to the issue. Like our plugins, the framework is highly modular, and structured so that its components are loosely coupled. Although we designed the framework to be installed as a separate plugin, we were able to extract parts of it, and transform them into an “embedded framework”. This was also made easier by the logic used by our plugins to find the AFC, and interact with it, which allows for good flexibility. In short, we found a way to satisfy all the requirements, while keeping our modular structure and full compatibility with our other products.

The proposed solution

We reviewed the AFC Framework, focusing our attention on its basic, core elements, and we came up with a smart, yet simple solution:

  1. We built a smaller version of the framework, called AFC Embedded, which excludes non-essential features, as well as any feature that is not deemed “appropriate” for inclusion in the WordPress repository.
  2. We added the AFC Embedded framework to the EU VAT Assistant.
  3. We modified the loader logic used by the EU VAT Assistant, to perform the following operations:
    1. When the standalone AFC Framework is active, use that one. In such case, the plugin would behave exactly as it did before.
    2. When the standalone AFC Framework is not active, or not installed, load the embedded AFC Framework.

This approach required only minor changes in both the framework and the EU VAT Assistant, and no changes at all in our other products. It also covers the scenario where the EU VAT plugin is installed first, and the standalone framework at a later stage, e.g. after installing one of our premium WooCommerce plugins. In that case, the EU VAT Assistant switches from the embedded framework to the standalone one, transparently. Simple, yet effective!

Current status

We discussed the above solution with the WordPress Team, and they agreed that it would be within the guidelines of the WordPress.org repository. We have submitted an updated version of our EU VAT Assistant for their review, and we are waiting for their reply. If all goes well, our solution for EU VAT compliance should be back online very soon.

Any questions? Always happy to answer!

Should you have any questions about the EU VAT Assistant, or the progress with the new version, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer all your questions, and give you any information you might need.

Thanks again for staying with us, we are looking forward to sharing with you some good news soon!

Regards,

The Aelia Team