Whether you’re looking to create sophisticated calculations for your visitors, or simply work out the cost of an order – a calculator plugin can be worth its weight in gold. In this post, we’re putting some of WP’s best number crunchers to the test.
If your website needs to provide calculations, you can bet there’s a free WordPress plugin out there to help you do it.
Many calculation plugins can also be used in combination with third-party apps, giving you access to thousands of extra features and options.
All adding up to… (adding machine noises)… an amazing website!
Today I’m showing you several free calculator plugins and how they can all help in different circumstances.
By the end of this article, you should hopefully have enough data to crunch the numbers for yourself and work out what’s best for you.
Just please be gentle when punching the numbers in (unlike Dev Man below).
We’ll look at:
- Do you need a calculator plugin?
- Several specific options (and their uses)
- Using Forminator for calculations
Speaking of Forminator, it’s our own form plugin (with calculations) here at WPMU DEV and later on in the article we’ll take you through a complete tutorial, showing you how to set up basic calculations for your site-forms.
Would it make a nice addition (or subtraction) to my website?
It depends on what users want to calculate on your website. You can solve this problem by factoring in your market needs.
Chances are you’ll need one, or could benefit from one if you have a website for any of these categories:
- Financial loans
- Debt Reduction
- Student Loans
Even websites for a Zodiac, love calculator, or – if you’re a doomsday prepper — countdown clock until the end of the world (yikes!), could all benefit from having a calculation plugin.
Adding Up Your Options
WordPress has some very specific plugins for various calculations.
For example, if you have a mortgage company, and your visitors need to calculate a mortgage payment, a good option is the Responsive Mortgage Calculator.
This article was written by Nathanael Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.