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WooCommerce Currency Switcher – Multiple improvements (WC 3.3, Yahoo! Finance, OFX)

WooCommerce Currency Switcher – What’s new

Currency Switcher for WooCommerce has been updated to version 4.5.14.180122. This update brings the following improvements and fixes:

  • Improved compatibility with WooCommerce 3.3. Removed notice messages that appeared when a Grouped Product contained variable products.
  • Discontinued Yahoo! Finance provider. Yahoo! Finance is no longer operational and stopped providing exchange rates. The Currency Switcher can handle this error transparently, and it now informs the merchants that they should use another provider.
  • Added support for OFX exchange rates service (Beta).
  • Added new filter wc_aelia_cs_exchange_rates_models. This new filter will be used to rewrite the logic that handles the list of exchange rates provider and simplify the merging of the lists used by the Currency Switcher and the EU VAT Assistant.

How to get latest version

New customers

Simply place your order and you will get the latest version.

Existing customers

You should be able to download the updated file using the link you received with your order. If the link doesn’t work, please contact Support to receive the latest version. Thanks.

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WooCommerce Currency Switcher – Performance and compatibility optimisations

WooCommerce Currency Switcher – What’s new

Currency Switcher for WooCommerce has been updated to version 4.5.12.171215. This update brings the following improvements and fixes:

  • Fixed bug that sometimes caused an infinite loop when processing refunds on WooCommerce 3.2.5 and newer.
  • Improved logic used to collect refund data for reports.
  • Improved performance of the logic used to handle variable products.
  • Improved compatibility of geolocation logic with WooCommerce 3.2.x.
  • Fixed integration with BE Table Rates Shipping plugin, to ensure the conversion of “subtotal” thresholds.

How to get latest version

New customers

Simply place your order and you will get the latest version.

Existing customers

You should be able to download the updated file using the link you received with your order. If the link doesn’t work, please contact Support to receive the latest version. Thanks.

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The XAdapter DHL Shipping plugin now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

DHL Shipping and Currency Switcher, now working together

In the past weeks, we have been working with the team at XAdapter to add support for our WooCommerce Currency Switcher to their DHL Shipping plugin. The target was to make their shipping plugin more flexible, and to make it possible to interact with the shipping calculation process, to ensure the correct calculation of prices in all currencies.

We are happy to inform you that the integration is now complete. Starting from version 3.4.3, the DHL Shipping plugin includes the filters and actions we added in a modified version to make multi-currency support possible. Thanks to this filter, it’s now possible to interact with the shipping plugin and ensure accurate shipping costs. Sounds great? Good! Keep reading to learn how to implement the solution on your site!

Getting started

Adding multi-currency support to the DHL shipping on your site is a matter of performing three simple steps:

  1. Update the XAdapter DHL Shipping plugin. Make sure that you are running version 3.4.3 or later.
  2. Add a simple filter to your theme’s functions.php file, as described in XAdapter’s knowledge base:  WooCommerce DHL Express/Paket Shipping Plugin – How to use the DHL shipping plugin with the Currency Switcher plugin. The filter is what allows the DHL plugin and our Currency Switcher to work together, to ensure the accuracy of the shipping calculations.
  3. Alter the filter you just added, replacing the currency in it with the code of your shop’s base currency. For example, if your base currency is EUR, simply replace the “ZAR” from the example with “EUR”.

You’re now ready to go! The custom filter you just added will tell the DHL Shipping plugin to fetch the shipping costs in your shop’s base currency, and our Currency Switcher will take care of converting them to the correct active currency on the cart page and at checkout.

Should you have any questions about using the DHL Shipping with our Currency Switcher, please contact the XAdapter Support Team. They will be happy to assist you in configuring their shipping plugin on your site.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

The Aelia Team

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WooCommerce Currency Switcher – Improved logic in “force currency by country”

WooCommerce Currency Switcher – What’s new

Currency Switcher for WooCommerce has been updated to version 4.5.7.171124. This update brings the following improvements and fixes:

  • Improved “force currency by country” logic. The new logic makes sure that the “currency by country” takes priority over other selections. This will prevent the confusing scenario where, even with the option enabled, it was possible to select a currency manually, only to see it changing back when opening a new page.
  • Improved currency selector widget. The widget now shows clearer error messages when the currencies are not configured correctly. We also added a message to make it clearer to shop owners that, when the “force currency by country” option is enabled, the currency selector widget has no effect.
  • Fixed price filter widget in WooCommerce 3.2.x. An undocumented change in the price filter widget prevented the conversion of the selected price range. We added a new check that makes the Currency Switcher aware of the change, so that the filtering range is converted correctly.

How to get latest version

New customers

Simply place your order and you will get the latest version.

Existing customers

You should be able to download the updated file using the link you received with your order. If the link doesn’t work, please contact Support to receive the latest version. Thanks.

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Increase conversion by accepting local payment methods with WooStripe

Our mission, at Aelia, is to help merchants reach an international audience. Our WooCommerce Currency Switcher for and Prices by Country for WooCommerce solutions have become invaluable tools for tens of thousands of shop owners, who can now extend their customer base to more countries than ever, by accepting payments in multiple currencies, and by tailoring the prices to specific audiences.

Of course, while reaching a larger, international audience is the first, important step to grow a business, closing sales is just as important. As a merchants, you would surely like to turn our visitors into happy customers!

Increase conversion at checkout, by offering more payment options

Statistics show that up one of the key reasons why prospective customers drop a purchase at checkout is due to concerns about payment. The lack of a familiar payment method is the reason behind up to 59% of payment-related cart abandonment (source: http://website101.com/ecommerce/reducing-shopping-cart-abandonment-ecommerce-checkouts/). This is due to a natural defence mechanism we all possess: we trust what we are familiar with.

We all like to feel safe, and safety is often represented by what we already know. This applies to online shopping too: customers feel safe when they deal with something they already know and trust. When we look at paying online, this means that, despite all the safety provided by payment methods like credit card and PayPal, a large percentage of customers might not feel safe enough to use them. Offering your customers the payment options with which they are more familiar can help increasing conversion.

The challenge

Until today, offering more payment options involved opening a merchant accounts with each payment provider, install and configure a payment plugin on your site and keep track of sales and refunds on each separate account. Managing many different payment accounts could take a significant amount of effort, and the additional administrative work could deny the benefit derived from the increased conversion. After all, the target is to get more happy customers, not more paperwork.

The solution: WooStripe

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Our colleagues at WooStripe developed a powerful solution to allow you to offer new payment options to your customers. It consists of a suite of payment gateways, leveraging the robust payment service provided by Stripe, and it’s quick and easy to set up.

The WooStripe solution supports the following payment methods:

  • SOFORT (a Klarna service) – The most popular payment gateway in Germany.
  • Giropay – The third most popular payment method in Germany.
  • Bancontact – The most popular payment method in Belgium.
  • iDEAL – The most popular payment method in Netherlands.
  • SEPA Direct Debit – Available to anyone with a European bank account.
  • AliPay – China’s most frequently used payment method.
  • Przelewy24 – Most popular online payment method in Poland.
  • WeChat Pay – Popular in Asia.

WooStripe also supports 3D Secure. It’s an additional layer of authentication that can protect you from fraudulent card payments.

How easy is it to use WooStripe?

Installing and configuring WooStripe takes just a few steps and a couple of minutes:

  1. Install the WooStripe plugin.
  2. Enable the payment methods you wish to accept on your Stripe account.
  3. Enable the corresponding payment options in your WooCommerce settings.

After those three simple steps, your new payment methods will appear automatically at checkout (just remember to enable them in the Currency Switcher settings too!), and Stripe will store the payments received through them in your Stripe account. It couldn’t be easier!

Ready to increase your conversion rate?

That’s great to hear! To get started, just go to the WooStripe website to get the payment plugin they developed. You can choose between purchasing individual payment methods, or the whole suite. In this second case, you will get all the options listed earlier, with a single purchase. After downloading the plugin, follow the installation instructions on the WooStripe site to configure your shop, and you will be ready to go.

Should you have any questions about WooStripe, we encourage you to contact their friendly support team. They will be happy to assist you with any query you might have.

We also have a surprise!

Thanks to our partnership with WooStripe, we are able to offer you a great discount on the purchase of their new product. Just use coupon code AELIA at checkout to get 20% off your order!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy this great new service from WooStripe!

The Aelia Team

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WooCommerce Currency Switcher – Optimised installation process, better support for WP Engine

WooCommerce Currency Switcher – What’s new

Currency Switcher for WooCommerce has been updated to version 4.5.4.171109. This update brings the following improvements and fixes:

  • Rewritten the installation process to improve compatibility with hosting providers like WP Engine. When the Currency Switcher runs for the first time, it processes the existing orders to make sure that the reports show the correct figures. This process is important, and can take time to complete, especially if a large amount of orders is present. This operation has to be performed only once and, in normal circumstances, it works fine. In some cases, however, the execution limit enforced by hosting providers can affect the processing of orders. If that operation runs for too long, the server can halt it.
    Some hosting providers, such as WP Engine, need to focus on performance, and enforce strict limits on how long a process can run. Due to that, the installation process risks being interrupted before it completes. This can result in a frustrating experience for the merchant.In this update, we altered the logic used to process past orders so that it handles them in chunks. Every time an admin page loads, the Currency Switcher loads the next chunk of orders, until all of them have been processed. This will minimise the risk of timeout on most managed WP hosting providers, and improve the user experience for the merchants.

How to get latest version

New customers

Simply place your order and you will get the latest version.

Existing customers

You should be able to download the updated file using the link you received with your order. If the link doesn’t work, please contact Support to receive the latest version. Thanks.