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 WP WebsiteDo you plan to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell goods online? If so, then here’s a good idea: consider providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your site.

Currency converting software lets your site visitors translate foreign currency amounts to their home currency at the buying or checkout phase. It also lets customers see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their home currency.

One great benefit of displaying currency conversion on your website is that it lets customers view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s easy and simple to add currency conversion using a plugin to WordPress, allowing your customers to quickly work out the cost of your goods.

WP Currency Converter – Currencyr

Currencyr - Free Currency Converting Tool For WordPress

Currencyr is an intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WP plugin with a unique and attractive converter tooltip. Best of all, it’s free to install and use on your site.

Some of the features of this plugin include:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo! & European Central Bank
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various e-commerce plugins like WP-eCommerce and Shopp.
  • Can determine local currency automatically
  • Translation support

Important: This plugin needs 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 on your server. Alternatively, ask your webhosting provider to update your PHP.

***

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can access the plugin’s settings screen by selecting Currencyr from your administration navigation menu …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

The plugin settings screen provides various configuration settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

For example, you can choose a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu. The default base currency is ‘United States Dollar – (USD)’ …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Similarly, you can specify a data provider from a dropdown menu. The default option is Yahoo Finance, but you can also select another option, like European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

You can select how often you want the exchange rates to update by choosing an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

The Currencyr plugin uses jQuery, which is an open-source library of Javascript code that lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (e.g. WP plugins).

Unless you have a reason to edit the jQuery settings, you can simply ignore this option …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Once you have configured your settings, you can easily add currency conversion to any WordPress page or post using shortcodes and widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) in the Currencyr plugin.

Currencyr Shortcodes

You can easily insert currency conversion into pages, posts and widgets without touching your web templates using shortcodes.

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

Let’s say that you are selling a product on your website for a fixed price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you would like to display this amount converted into British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Note: You can also display amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 6.95, 47.00, 400.00, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode looks when inserting it into a page or post …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

After publishing the post, your converted currency will then appear as seen below …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

Using the above example, let’s now display the same amount into different currency formats.

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

The example below shows how the above shortcode looks when inserted into a post …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn how to change the currency separator symbol with this plugin.

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

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

You can see how the above shortcode looks when you add it to a page …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

After publishing your post or page, your currency conversion will then appear as shown below …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Currencyr Widget

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

To add currency conversion to your sidebar menu, choose Appearance > Widgets from your WordPress dashboard menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Configure the widget options as shown in the screenshot below (add currency codes separated by commas), and click Save to save your settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Your currency converter tool will now show on the sidebar menu with the options you have specified …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Additional Plugin Notes

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

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to specify a symbol of your choice to display as the currency separator when using multiple currencies.

You can select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Separates all your prices using the forward slash as you can see in the example below …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

If you change this symbol and resave your settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Integration With WP e-Commerce Software

As stated earlier, the plugin integrates with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

(image sourced from plugin website)

And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your e-commerce website.

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

***

"I love the way your email series "Infinite Web Content Creation Training Series" is documented and presented. It is very absorbing and captivating. The links and tutorials are interesting and educational. This has motivated me to rewrite my content following the concepts I am learning from the email series." - Mani Raju, www.fortuneinewaste.com