If you are trying to sell products on your website, there are certain elements you can add to boost conversions. This is especially true for big ticket items like a car.

Let’s face it, not all of us have the money (or discipline) to throw down 30k in cash for a car. That’s why when you are looking to buy a new car, online payment calculators can play a key role in the buying process. Aside from the math wizardry working behind the scenes, payment calculators help the buyer with a convenient tool right there on your website which can really boost conversions for the seller.

Another way to incentivize a user to click a button is to add a countdown timer on a featured deal to make it more obvious to the user that the deal will be expiring soon.

In this use case tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add a payment calculator and a limited-time deal to your website. To add the payment calculator, I’ll be using the Calculated Fields Form plugin and customizing the design with the Visual Builder to match the Car Dealer Financing Page Layout. I’ll also show how you can use elements from the Car Dealer Listings Page layout and combine them with a Countdown timer to create a limited-time featured deal.

Let’s Get Started!

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the payment calculator and the limited-time featured deal we will be creating:

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What you Need for this Tutorial

For this use case tutorial, you will need:

  • The Divi Theme
  • The Car Dealer Layout Pack (The Financing Page and the Listings Page Layout) accessible from the Visual Builder.
  • The Calculated Fields Form plugin

Exploring the Plugin Functionality

The Calculated Fields Form Plugin is a powerful tool for creating any kind of calculation you could dream up, if you know what you are doing. But if you want to make your life easier (I’m speaking to you non mathematicians out there) you should look into the pro versions of the plugin for easier implementation. For example, the Developer or Platinum versions include a financial module that makes implementing financial equations a lot easier.

Thankfully, the free version offers some helpful pre-built forms for getting you up and running including a Lease Calculator Form.

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Let’s take a glimpse of how these forms are built. Click to view the settings for the Lease Calculator Form. There you will see the Form Builder where you can add new fields and edit field and form settings.

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To edit a particular field, simply hover over the field in the form builder on the right and the field settings will appear on the left.

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This Lease Calculator form has three Calculated Fields that calculate Monthly Payment, Total Payment, and Interest Amount. These special calculated fields will generate new calculations based on what the user enters for the number input fields (Loan Amount, Interest Rate%, etc…).

Click on the Monthly Payment Calculated Field to see how the equation being used to generate that field.

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Without going into too much detail on the math behind this equation (I couldn’t even if I wanted to), I do want to point out the different field name variables being used in the equation. The different variables correlate to certain fields on the form. And those variables are replaced with actual numbers once the form fields are entered allowing the equation to spit out the calculated field (in this case the Monthly Payment). Feel free to check out the different equation formats used for this form.

Adding the Payment Calculator Shortcode to Your Page

To add the Lease Calculator Form Shortcode to your page, first go back to the form list and copy the shortcode next to the Lease Calculator Form.

Then go to your page with the Car Dealer Financing Page Layout. If you don’t have one yet, create a new page and import the layout using the Divi Builder.

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Locate the section right below the section titled “Resources”. This section has a two column row with a contact form on the right and a text module on the left. Move the Text Module in the left column to the top of the right column just above the contact form.

Now we can add our calculator to the left column using our shortcode. Go ahead and add a new text module and paste the shortcode in the content box.

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Customizing the Design the Payment Calculator

Before we get to styling our form to match out layout, I want to point out that the plugin does include some pre-designed templates you can use to give your form a custom skin. You can access this option from the form settings.

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But keep in mind that this does limit your ability to override the template’s css in the text module settings. So I feel it best to keep the form to the default template and add styling with the Divi Builder as much as possible.

Go to your text module with your shortcode and change the text color to light.

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A quick way to match the rest of the text with your layout is to go the blurb module in the right column and copy the body text style being used.

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Then right click on the text module in the left column and paste the body text styles to the module.

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This will update the text settings to match the layout.

Now go back to the blurb module and copy the Title Text Styles.

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Then paste them to the text module. This will update the header text of your calculator form to match your layout.

Now that your form text is matching your layout, you will need one final touch of custom CSS to design the form fields. You can find the CSS ID’s and Classes used by the plugin to target different elements on the form on the FAQ page.

Since we want to target all of the input fields, go to Theme Customizer > Additional CSS and enter the following CSS:

#fbuilder input,
#fbuilder textarea,
#fbuilder select {
border: none;
padding: 0.5em 0.2em 0.5em 1em;
font-size: 16px;

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All this css does is give our input fields more padding, takes out the ugly border, and increases the font size.

Now your form is ready to go!

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Creating a Limited Time Deal

With our payment calculator in place, we are ready to create a featured limited-time deal. To do this, we are going to use a car listing from the Car Dealer Listings Page layout to get a jump on the design elements we need. Then we are going to add a pricing table module to get the price text design we are looking for along with a countdown timer to create the limited-time incentive.

Using the Car Listing to Jumpstart the Design

First go to the Car Dealer Listings Page Layout and deploy the visual builder. Locate the first row with the featured listing and save the row to your Divi library by clicking the “Add to library” icon in your row menu. Give your layout a name and click “Save to Library”.

Now go back to your page with the Financing Page Layout and add a new regular section under the top header section. Then add the row you saved to your divi library by clicking the insert row circle icon, clicking the add from library tab, and then selecting your saved row from the list.

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Update your section settings as follows:

Insert background image
Background Gradient Left Color: rgba(0,0,0,0.8)
Background Gradient Right Color: #ffffff
Place Gradient Above the Background Image: YES

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Now move the text module containing the vehicle specs from the middle column of your row to the top of the right column. Delete the History Report Button and the text module with the price “$34000”.

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Adding a Pricing Table to Create Custom Price Text

The the empty middle column, add a new Pricing Tables Module. Using the Pricing Tables module will allow you use the price design for your featured deal without having to use custom html/css.

In the pricing tables settings, delete one of the pricing tables that are generated by default so that only one table remains. Then update the following:

Show Bullet: NO
Background Color: rgba(255,255,255,0)

Then update the design settings as follows:

Table Header Background Color: rgba(0,0,0,0)
Body Font : Teko
Body Font Weight: Regular
Body Text color: #c10f1b
Body Line Height: 1.2em
Currency & Frequency Font: Teko
Currency & Frequency Font Weight: Semi Bold
Currency & Frequency Text Color: rgba(0,0,0,0.63)
Currency & Frequency Text Size: 30px
Price Font: Teko
Price Font: Weight: Regular
Price Text color: #c10f1b
Custom Margin: 5px bottom
Border Width: 0px

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Now go back to the content tab and click to update the settings for the specific pricing table as follows.

Take out the Title and the Subtitle.
Per: month
Price: 199

And add the following to replace the text in the content box:

for 36 Months
$2000 down

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Under the design settings, update the following:

Body Text Size: 28px
Body Line Height: 0.2em
Custom Padding: 20px Top, 0px bottom, 0px Left, 0px Right

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Adding a Countdown Timer to the Featured Deal

To create the limited time offer, we are going to add a countdown timer above the row with the featured deal.

First add a new one column row and add a countdown timer module to the row.

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Drag the new row above the row with the featured deal. Remove the Section Top Padding and remove the top and bottom padding of the new row.

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Now update the Countdown Timer settings as follows:

Countdown Timer Title: Deal Ending Soon
Background Color: #c10f1b

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Title font: Teko
Title Text Size: 50px
Numbers Font: Teko
Width: 500px
Module Alignment: Center
Box Shadow: see screenshot

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You will need to add a 5% top padding to the row below your countdown timer to give your bottom box shadow some breathing room.

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Now check out the final result.

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Final Thoughts

The Calculated Fields Form plugin will allow you to create forms to calculated just about anything you want, but the learning curve does seem a bit steep for advanced calculations. Thankfully, the free version of the plugin comes with a lease calculator that will work right out of the box. And adding it to Divi is as easy as embedding a shortcode and updating a few settings.

One of the great things about using a premade layout is that you don’t have to start from scratch to add additional elements to your site. Creating the limited-time featured deal was quick and easy since we used the design of a car listing to get things rolling.

I hope this will help smooth the process of adding those necessary elements for boosting conversions on your own site.

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.


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