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 …

Adding Currency Conversion To WordPressAre you planning to sell your products online globally? If so, then here’s a good idea: consider providing your prospects with a currency conversion service.

Currency conversion software tools allow your prospective customers to have the price of an international currency transaction translated to their local currency when purchasing products on e-commerce sites. It also allows your customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own local currency.

The obvious benefit of providing currency conversion on your website is that it allows visitors to view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for purchasers to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, you can add currency conversion via a plugin to currency conversion to your site using a plugin, allowing your site visitors to quickly and easily work out the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – Currency Converting Tool For WordPress

Currencyr - WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin

Currencyr is a simple, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WordPress plugin with a beautiful and unique converter tooltip. It’s also free to install and use on your WP website or blog.

The Currencyr currency conversion plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo! and European Central Bank
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various online store plugins like WooCommerce, Shop & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically determines local currency
  • Supports full translations

Important: This plugin needs PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP on your server. Alternatively, ask your web host to update your PHP.

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

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After installing and activating the plugin, you can visit the plugin’s settings section by choosing Currencyr from your administration navigation menu …

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This takes you to the plugin settings section …

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For example, you can select a base currency from a drop-down menu if you prefer a different currency than the default option (USD) …

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You can also select which data provider you want to use from the drop-down menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default option is Yahoo Finance, but you can choose one of the other options, like European Central Bank or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you select Open Exchange Rates as your provider, an API (Application Programming Interface) will be required …

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You can select how frequently you would like the currency exchange rates to be updated by selecting an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

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

If you have no reason to edit the jQuery settings, leave this option alone …

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Edit the remainder of the settings and remember to click Save Changes when finished …

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After your plugin settings have been configured, you can add currency conversion to any of your WP posts using shortcodes and widgets.

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

How To Use Currencyr Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to WordPress posts, pages and widgets with no programming skills using shortcodes.

Let’s take a look at some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to your WP pages and posts:

Let’s say that you are selling goods on your site for a fixed price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you would also like to show the amount converted into British pounds (GBP) on your product information page.

To do this, you simply need to insert the shortcode below into your post or page …

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Note: You can also add prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 89.95, 29.95, 129.10, etc …)

The example below shows how the above shortcode looks once you have inserted it into a page or post …

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After publishing the page, the currency conversion will then display as you can see in the screenshot below …

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Using this example, let’s now display the same amount into multiple currency formats.

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

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The example below shows how the above shortcode looks when added to a post …

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Once the post has been published, the converted currency amounts will then appear like this …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn how to change the currency separator symbol in this plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you want to use a different base currency than the one you have selected as your default.

For example, if you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your site targeted to non-European visitors (like Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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Here’s how the shortcode looks when added to a post …

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Once the information has been published, your converted currency amounts will then display like this …

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Plugin Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website’s sidebar using the Currencyr widget.

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

In the Widgets > Available Widgets section find the ‘Currencyr’ widget and add it to an Active Widgets location …

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Configure the widget options as shown in the screenshot below (add currency codes separated by a comma), and click ‘Save’ to update your settings …

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Your currency converter tool will now appear on the sidebar with the settings you have selected …

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Additional Plugin Notes

Here are some additional notes and useful information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin lets you 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 a forward slash as you can see in the screenshot below …

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If you modify this symbol and resave your settings …

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Your web visitors will see the new symbol display as the currency separator …

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e-Commerce Platform Integration

As described earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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And there you have it! Now you know how to easily add a currency converter to your e-commerce site.

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

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