Mastering Joomla for E-commerce: Currency and Payment Integration
Anyone wishing to create an eCommerce website will face many challenges, especially if they don’t believe themselves to be tech-savvy. There are many solutions available, and they are not all as complicated as you might think. One possibility would be to use Joomla as a content management system for your site, as it has many benefits.
Joomla is not a name that immediately springs to mind, as it often lives in the shadow of other platforms like WordPress and Shopify. However, Joomla can be perfect for eCommerce sites as you can choose templates and then add features provided by the many extensions available from various developers around the world. This means that whatever you want to add to your site can be a simple case of adding an extension to do it for you, minimizing the amount of technical knowledge you need.
Use the right currency API
One of the essentials of this new site will be the ability of people all around the globe to see what your products and services cost in their currency of choice, including a number of cryptocurrencies. You also need to display the most up-to-date conversion data so you don’t miss out on potential profits or have a customer click away because the price is too high. By using the right Currency API, you can keep on top of this, so you never need to worry.
Add payment processing to your site
Based on this, you should be aware that you must decide which payment gateway to add to your site. These can be found on Joomla extension directories, which will give you a host of alternatives for taking payments, along with the versions of Joomla they are compatible with and ratings from those who have used the extension themselves.
You will need to find one that offers a lot of payment alternatives, as the more choices you offer, the more chance a customer will complete the buying process and not just abandon their cart when they see they can’t proceed. At a bare minimum, you should look to cater for:
- Visa and Mastercard: both credit and debit options
- Electronic wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and, of course, PayPal. You could also look to supporting Skrill and Stripe.
Once you have found the right extension, you need to download it from the directory and then, from your site's admin area, select the option to install an extension. Choose your chosen payment extension from your drive and upload and install. Once installed, the extension will take you through the rest of the process, but this will vary according to which extension you choose.
A few final thoughts
Many people miss out on creating the right eCommerce site for their business because they think they lack the knowledge to put one together. However, Joomla offers plenty of options for doing this, including integrating payment options, and by using the right currency API, you can ensure that customers can see your prices in their preferred currency, including crypto, where the prices can change quite quickly.
Putting together a site like this means you could be one step ahead of the competition. You are also offering flexibility to your customers, who could be more likely to buy as a result.