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Currency converter for your cart

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday July 3, 2006 )

If your cart doesn’t support multiple currencies, there’s a very simple free solution from XE.com which I’ve been using for years.

Try it out, the following should generate a popup window with a converter application. Some popup blockers may intercept it, but a page with a link to launch the popup window will then appear and the link will also transport the visitor back to the page of your site they were on – all done quite quickly.

Currency conversion

The code is very simple:

<A HREF="http://www.xe.com/pca/">Currency conversion</A>

Some sites force a new browser window open for some pages, if yours is one of them and then when using the above it creates an orphan window, try this code.

<A HREF="http://www.xe.com/pca/launchclose.cgi">XE.com Personal Currency Assistant</A>

I recommend putting a conversion link next to the prices of each of your products, or in another highly visible position on your product details pages.

The above is the simplest integration of the converter and XE.com does also offer further currency converter customization options, also free.

For a fully customizable option without the XE branding, XE.com also offers premium versions. Know of any other good, free currency converter applications or plugins? Please post them here!

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With US online merchants seeing an increasing number of orders from overseas; it good to bear in mind that the US dollar is not *the* global currency, however much it may seem to be. The average Foreign Joe Surfer may be scared off if you only advertise USD values on your site as the mental gymnastics of currency conversion can be offputting.

Likewise, if you’re an online merchant operating outside the United States and using local currency, I can practically guarantee that most US citizens wouldn’t have a clue what an Aussie dollar, a British pound a Japanese Yen etc. converts to in USD.

If your cart doesn’t support multiple currencies, there’s a very simple free solution from XE.com which I’ve been using for years.

Try it out, the following should generate a popup window with a converter application. Some popup blockers may intercept it, but a page with a link to launch the popup window will then appear and the link will also transport the visitor back to the page of your site they were on – all done quite quickly.

Currency conversion

The code is very simple:

<A HREF="http://www.xe.com/pca/">Currency conversion</A>

Some sites force a new browser window open for some pages, if yours is one of them and then when using the above it creates an orphan window, try this code.

<A HREF="http://www.xe.com/pca/launchclose.cgi">XE.com Personal Currency Assistant</A>

I recommend putting a conversion link next to the prices of each of your products, or in another highly visible position on your product details pages.

The above is the simplest integration of the converter and XE.com does also offer further currency converter customization options, also free.

For a fully customizable option without the XE branding, XE.com also offers premium versions. Know of any other good, free currency converter applications or plugins? Please post them here!



 

 
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