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 WordPressDo you plan to sell goods online worldwide? If so, you may want to think about providing your prospects with the convenience of currency conversion on your site.

Currency converting software lets your prospects have the cost of a foreign currency transaction converted into their home currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One advantage of providing currency conversion is that it lets your customers view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, it’s really easy to add currency conversion via a plugin to WordPress, allowing your customers to quickly understand the cost of your products.

WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin – Currencyr

WP Free Currency Converting Plugin - Currencyr

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

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

  • Inline converter
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Google and European Central Bank
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with a number of online store plugins like WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full support for language translations

Note: The Currencyr plugin needs 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 section and clicking “Install Now” …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your administration area …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

The plugin settings area provides a number of configuration options …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

For example, you can select your base currency from a drop-down menu if you prefer something other than the default option ’United States Dollar’ …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Similarly, you can specify which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can choose one of the other options, like FoxRate or Google Finance …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

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You can choose how often you want the currency exchange rates to update by specifying 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 (like WP plugins).

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Edit the rest of the plugin settings to suit your needs and don’t forget to click the Save Changes button when you have finished configuring all of your settings …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

When you have configured your plugin settings, you can easily add currency conversion to any WP post or page using shortcodes.

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

Currencyr Shortcodes

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

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

Let’s say that you sell an item online for a fixed price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you would also like to display this conversion amount in British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

All you need to do is insert the shortcode below to your post or page …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (for example, 19.95, 37.95, 399.99, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode will look when inserting it into your product page …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

When the content has been published, your currency conversion will then display as you can see in the screenshot below …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Once your information has been published, your converted currency will then appear as shown below …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to change the currency separator symbol in this plugin.

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

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Here’s how the above shortcode appears when added to a page …

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After publishing your information, your converted currency will then appear like this …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

How To Use The Widget

You can also add currency conversion to your website’s sidebar using the plugin’s widget.

To add currency conversion to your sidebar menu, select Appearance > Widgets in the WordPress admin menu …

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

The currency converter will now display on your site’s sidebar with the settings you have specified …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional 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 multiple currencies.

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

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

If you enter another symbol and resave your settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

WP E-Commerce

As described earlier, the plugin can be integrated with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, 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 WordPress website.

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

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