Have you been thinking about taking your WooCommerce shop to the next level? Found a new market you really want to dive into? Why not go multinational?
With hundreds of extensions available for this easy-to-use e-commerce platform, it’s easy to set up your online store to take on multiple countries, whether you’re looking at shipping products thousands of miles away, delivering to the country next door, or spreading your digital downloads to the entire world.
Here are four WooCommerce extensions that’ll help you make your business a little more international.
Having the right currency for your country is a must-have if you’re shopping internationally. No longer having to constantly check the exchange rate before you hit “Buy Now”, no longer wondering how much you’ll be actually paying, none of that. You know that what you’re buying is £5 and not $5 or €5 or ¥5.
Currency Switcher lets you turn on geo-location IP for your customers, immediately giving them the right currency for their region as well as automatically determining the exchange rate. You can also provide a widget on your site to let people switch between currencies effortlessly — great for when you’re buying in pounds, but you have a dollar limit (or vice versa). And since it pulls the exchange rate in real-time, you won’t have to worry about changing all your pricing the minute a market takes a dip.
Currency Switcher is $79 (or roughly £59) for a one-year subscription, which also comes with support.
When you’re selling products internationally, it sometimes helps to have multiple languages on your website, giving your customers an easy way to know that not only that you’ll ship to them, but you speak their language — literally. But making an entire site from scratch in a different language is incredibly time-consuming, and keeping it all updated is an even more time-consuming task.
With MultilingualPress, you can build a multisite network for your WooCommerce site, each synchronising easily with the others to provide a multilingual experience without individual sites. Plus, it can automatically redirect customers to their preferred language through geo-location, and it’s optimised for search engines, including a free additional plugin that works with Yoast to easily synchronise your meta tags.
MultilingualPress is $99 (or roughly £75) for a one-year Standard subscription, which lets you create one multisite network with three languages, as well as providing you with support.
Sometimes there are products that you can sell in your own country, but you can’t sell internationally. For example, say you’re running a multinational candy shop, and while you can sell a wide variety of sweets from around the world, you can’t ship Kinder Surprise to the USA. But you still want Americans to be able to see all the other wonderful treats they can order.
Country Restrictions for WooCommerce lets you block products, categories, payment options, and more, all based on the country the customer is coming from. You can include an error message to let them know what happened if they visit the link directly as well, where you could point them to the legislation blocking them from delicious chocolate treats with toys inside.
Country Restrictions for WooCommerce is $49 (or roughly £37) for a one-year subscription, which includes support.
Trying to figure out the convoluted world of sales tax is a pain even when you’re selling in your own country. When you start adding in other countries, and, in the case of the United States, individual state sales taxes, it isn’t just a headache for your accountant, it’s a headache for you too.
Thankfully, WooCommerce has their own tax extension, which automatically calculates the sales tax for each order based on your store’s location. Decide whether or not to show the prices with or without tax, decide what you want to do with it, and it’s all sorted.
WooCommerce Tax is free to use but is only available for around 30 countries, including the USA, Canada, and the UK.