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 …

Add Currency Conversion To WordPressAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce web site or selling products online? If so, you may want to consider providing your potential customers with currency conversion.

Currency conversion allows your visitors to have the cost of an international currency transaction translated to their local currency at the point of sale. It also lets your visitors and customers view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their own local currency.

One great advantage of providing currency conversion is that it lets your customers see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for customers to work out their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, it’s quite easy to add a currency converter to WordPress, allowing your customers to quickly calculate the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – WordPress Free Currency Converter

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

Some of the useful features of this plugin include:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with a number of e-store plugins like WP-eCommerce & Shopp.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Supports full translations

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

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You can install the Currencyr plugin from your WordPress admin area by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins section and clicking the “Install” button …

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

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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 the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu if you prefer a different currency than the default option ‘USD’

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Similarly, you can specify any supported data provider from a drop-down menu. The default option is Yahoo Finance, but you can choose another option, such as European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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

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You can choose how often you want to update the currency exchange rates by choosing an option from the Update Rates drop-down menu …

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

Unless you have a reason to modify the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

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Edit the remainder of the settings and remember to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when you have finished configuring all of your options …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to any WordPress page using shortcodes.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, NZD, JPY, etc …) in the Currencyr plugin.

Using Plugin Shortcodes

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

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

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

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

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Note: You can also add pricing in dollars and cents (e.g. 6.95, 47.00, 149.00, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the shortcode looks after being inserted into the post …

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Once your information has been published, your converted currency will then appear like this …

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Using this example, let’s also convert the same price into multiple currency formats.

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

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The example below shows how the shortcode appears when added to a page …

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

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

Now, let’s suppose that you would like to use a different base currency than the one set as your default.

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

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The screenshot below shows how the shortcode appears when added to a post …

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Once your information has been published, your currency conversion will then display like this …

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Widget

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

To add the currency converter to your sidebar menu, choose Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress user 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 would like to display on your widget separated by commas), and click Save to update your settings …

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

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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) …

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Separates all your prices using the forward slash as shown below …

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If you change this symbol and resave your settings …

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

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Integration With WP e-Commerce Software

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

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(image sourced from Currencyr plugin website)

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

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

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