How to Set Up WooCommerce Base Location and Currency

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One of the first steps you have to take while setting up a WooCommerce store is setting up the WooCommerce Base Location and currency for your store. These settings determine how factors such as tax and shipping rates will be applied across your store.  The currency and base location are set up in the general settings, navigate through the following path:

WooCommerce  Settings → General

Navigating General settings
Navigating General settings

Setting the WooCommerce Base Location

In the General Options section, the first field is where you change the Base Location of your store. Tax rates will be applicable according the location that you choose here. Select your preferred location from a drop-down.

Setting up base location
Setting up base location

Next you can set your Selling Location. There are three options in the drop-down, you can select from:

  • Sell to All Countries
  • To All Countries, Except For…
  • Sell to Specific Countries
Choosing where to sell
Choosing where to sell

If you select either of the last two options, another drop-down will be displayed where you can select the specific countries.

Selecting specific countries to sell
Selecting specific countries to sell

Choose the locations to ship

You can use the next field to set up the Shipping Location. Four options are available in the drop-down. They are:

  • Ship to all countries you sell to
  • Ship to all countries
  • Shipping to specific countries only
  • Disable shipping & shipping calculations
Setting up shipping location
Setting up shipping location

If you select the third option, ‘Ship to specific countries only’, another drop-down will be displayed with a choice of countries to select from.

The commonly preferred option for shipping location is ‘Ship to all countries you sell to.’

Setting up specific shipping location
Setting up specific shipping location

Default customer location

In General Options you can set a Default Customer Location. This will help you to determine tax and shipping features before the customer enters the address information. There is a drop-down with four options:

  • No location by default
  • Shop base address
  • Geolocate
  • Geolocate (with page caching support)

If you choose No location by default, you can decide on the tax and shipping calculations only after the customer enters the address information in the registration form or checkout. A generally-preferred practice here is to set the base location of your store as the default customer location using the second option. There are also two Geolocate options to determine the default location based on the customer’s IP address. Remember, in this case MaxMind GeoLite database will be downloaded to your wp-content directory systematically. If you are using any page caching support on your store, you have to use the last option.

Setting up default customer location
Setting up default customer location

Enabling taxes

You can enable taxes and tax calculations by ticking the Enable Taxes checkbox. The tax will be applied based on the local & international tax laws of your store’s base location.

Enabling tax settings
Enabling tax settings

When you tick the enable tax and tax calculations checkbox, a new tab is displayed in WooCommerce Settings that will have all the detailed tax settings.We will look into those settings separately later.

Enabling Tax Tab
Enabling Tax Tab

Show notices on the store

Store Notice checkbox can be used to enable any notice you want to place on the site. This can be about any relevant information that you want to share with your customers like upcoming sales or troubles with shipping to a specific location, etc.

Setting up a store notice
Setting up a store notice

Once you tick the checkbox, a text field is displayed where you can enter the text you want to show as the store notice.

Editing the text for store notice
Editing the text for store notice

Currency preferences

The next part in General settings is Currency Options. You can set a preferred currency that you want to do your transactions with. WooCommerce allows to choose only one currency at a time. The choice that you make here will determine what currency is displayed on the product catalog at the front-end of the site. This also decides what currency the payment gateways choose for your transactions.

Choosing your currency
Choosing your currency

You can use the Currency Position drop-down to choose where to display the currency symbol.

Setting the currency position
Setting the currency position

The fields for Thousand Separator and Decimal Separator allow to select whether to use comma (‘,’) or period (‘.’) to separate thousands and decimals. Choose based on your location and currency, as in Europe and US these options are used interchangeably.

Setting up thousand and decimal separator
Setting up thousand and decimal separator

The last part of General settings is the text box to set the number of decimal points. You can enter your preferred value in the Number of Decimals text box, or use the numeric up-down control.

Setting up the number of decimals
Setting up the number of decimals

Once you complete updating all the settings, do not forget to click Save changes button.

Saving changes
Saving changes