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 WebsiteAre you planning to set up an e-commerce web site, or sell your products to a foreign audience? If so, then here’s a great idea: think about providing your potential customers with currency conversion.

Currency converting software tools allow your customers to convert foreign currency transactions into their local currency at the point of sale. It also lets your customers view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their own local currency.

One benefit of providing currency conversion on your website is that it allows visitors to see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for purchasers to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, you can add a currency conversion plugin to your web site, allowing your site visitors to quickly work out the cost of your products.

Currencyr

Currencyr - WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin

Currencyr is an intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a unique and attractive converter tooltip. It’s also free!

Some of the useful features of this plugin include:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Yahoo! & European Central Bank
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Full translation support

Note: The Currencyr plugin requires your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP. Ask your web hosting provider 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 you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your WordPress dashboard menu …

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This takes you to the plugin settings screen …

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For example, you can choose a base currency from the Base Currency drop-down menu if you want a different currency than the default option ’USD’ …

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You can also specify a data provider from a drop-down menu. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can also select another option, such as FoxRate or Open Exchange Rates …

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

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You can specify how frequently you would like the exchange rates to be updated by choosing an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

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

Unless there is a reason to change the jQuery settings, leave this option alone …

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ when finished …

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

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, GBP, CAD, etc …) in this plugin.

Using Currencyr Shortcodes

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

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

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

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

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (for example, 6.95, 79.45, 544.97, etc …)

The example below shows how the shortcode will look after being inserted into your page …

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When your page or post has been published, the currency conversion will display as seen in the example below …

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Using the above example, let’s now convert the same price into different currency formats.

To do this, use the shortcode shown below (add as many currency symbols as you want separated by vertical pipes) …

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You can see how the above shortcode looks when added to a page …

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Once the post has been published, the currency conversion will then display like this …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the end of this tutorial to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol with the Currencyr plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you would like 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 visitors in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode appears when added to your content …

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Once the content has been published, the converted currency will then display like this …

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Plugin Widget

You can also add currency conversion to your website or blog’s sidebar area using the Currencyr widget.

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

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget options as shown below (add the currency codes you would like to display on your widget separated by a comma), and click Save to save your settings …

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Your currency conversion tool will now appear on your website’s sidebar menu with the options you have specified when configuring the widget …

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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 a symbol of your choice to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

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

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

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

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If you enter another symbol and resave your settings …

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

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E-Commerce Platform Integration

As mentioned earlier, the plugin integrates with various WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, 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 site.

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

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