How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Learn how to easily add currency conversion to your WordPress website or blog using a free WordPress plugin called Currencyr …

How To Add Currency Conversion To Your WebsiteDo you plan to sell goods online worldwide? If so, you may want to think about providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your site.

Currency conversion software tools allow your customers to translate international currency amounts into their home currency at the purchase or checkout phase. It also allows customers to see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their home currency.

The obvious advantage of displaying currency conversion is that it lets customers see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is built using WordPress, you can add currency conversion via a plugin to your website or blog, allowing your customers to quickly work out the cost of your products.

Currencyr

Currencyr

Currencyr is a simple yet advanced, intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WP plugin with a beautiful and unique converter tooltip. It’s also free!

Some of the many features of this plugin include the following:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Google & FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with a number of e-store plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can detect local currency automatically
  • Full translation support

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Alternatively, ask your web host to check and upgrade your PHP.

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You can install the plugin from your WP dashboard by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins area and clicking “Install Now” …

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After installing and activating the plugin, you can access the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WP dashboard menu …

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This takes you to the plugin settings area …

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For example, you can select a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu if you prefer to use a different currency than the default option ’United States Dollar’ …

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You can select which data provider you want to use from a drop-down menu. The default selection is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also select one of the other options, such as European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you select ‘Open Exchange Rates’, you will need an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can select how frequently you want the currency exchange rates to be updated by specifying an option from the ‘Update Rates’ drop-down menu …

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The plugin uses jQuery, which allows web developers to add things like animation effects to web applications (like WP plugins).

If you have no reason to modify the jQuery settings, just ignore this option …

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Edit the rest of the settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button when you have finished configuring all the settings on this section …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to your WP blog’s posts and pages using shortcodes and widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) with this plugin.

Using Plugin Shortcodes

You can easily insert currency conversion into WP posts, pages and widgets without touching code using shortcodes.

Below are some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to pages and posts:

Let’s say that you sell goods online for a fixed price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display the price converted into British pounds (GBP) on your page.

All you need to do is add the shortcode below to your page content …

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 175.00, 189.00, 399.99, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode will look after being added to the page or post …

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Once the post or page has been published, your converted currency amount will display like this …

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Using the above example, let’s now translate the same amount into multiple currencies.

To do this, use following shortcode (you can add as many currency symbols as you like separated by vertical pipes) …

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You can see how the shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

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After publishing the post or page, the currency conversion will then appear like this …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol with this plugin.

Now, suppose you would like to use a different base currency than the one you have set as the default.

For example, say you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your website targeted to customers in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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The example below now shows how the shortcode looks when inserted into your content …

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After publishing the information, your currency conversion will then appear as shown below …

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Using The Currencyr Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website or blog’s sidebar using a widget.

To add the currency converter to your sidebar menu, choose Appearance > Widgets from the WordPress admin menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

In the Widgets > Available Widgets area find the ‘Currencyr’ widget and drag it to the ‘Active Widgets’ area …

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Configure the widget settings as shown below (add the currency codes you want displaying on your widget separated by a comma), and click ‘Save’ to save your settings …

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The currency conversion tool will now appear on the sidebar menu with the options you have specified …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can change the symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings field.

So, for example, using the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

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Displays your currency values separated by the forward slash as you can see in the screenshot below …

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If you modify the symbol and update your plugin settings …

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Your web site visitors will see the new symbol being used as the currency separator …

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E-Commerce Platform Integration

As mentioned earlier, the Currencyr plugin can be integrated with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads …

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And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your WordPress web site.

To learn more about WordPress e-commerce plugins, see the tutorial below:

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