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 goods to a foreign customer base? If so, then it’s a good idea to consider providing your web visitors with currency conversion.

Currency conversion tools allow your prospects to translate international currency pricing to their home currency at the point of sale. It also lets visitors view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own home currency.

One great advantage of putting currency conversion is that it allows customers to see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, it’s really simple to add a currency conversion plugin to currency conversion to WordPress using a plugin, allowing your visitors to quickly and easily determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr – WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin

Currencyr

Currencyr is a simple yet advanced, 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 WordPress site.

Plugin features include:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, like Yahoo! and European Central Bank
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with a number of e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, Shop & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full support for language translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Ask your web host to update your PHP.

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

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

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The plugin settings area provides various configuration settings …

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For example, you can choose a base currency from the Base Currency drop-down menu. The default option is ’US Dollar’ …

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Similarly, you can choose 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 select another provider, 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 an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can specify how frequently you want the currency exchange rates to be updated by choosing an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

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The Currencyr plugin uses jQuery, which is an open-source library of Javascript code that 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 them as they are …

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Edit the remainder of the settings to suit your own preferences and don’t forget to click ‘Save Changes’ when you have finished configuring this page …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to WordPress pages using shortcodes and widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) with the Currencyr plugin.

Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to WordPress 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 sell an item on your site for a set amount (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display this price converted into British pounds (GBP) on your product sales page.

To do this, simply add the following shortcode to your page content …

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (for example, 6.95, 47.00, 1356.87, etc …)

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

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After the information has been published, your currency conversion will appear like this …

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Using the same example, let’s also display the same amount into different currencies.

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

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You can see how the above shortcode looks when inserted into a page …

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

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

Now, suppose you want to use a different base currency than the one you have set as your default.

For example, say you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your e-commerce pages targeted to customers from 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 shortcode appears when inserted into your content …

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After publishing the content, the converted currency will then appear like this …

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Using The Plugin Widget

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

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget settings as shown in the screenshot below (add any currency codes you want to display on your widget separated by commas), and click ‘Save’ to save your settings …

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Your currency converter tool will now appear on your site’s sidebar menu 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 a symbol of your choice to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can change the symbol in the Multiple Separator settings field.

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

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Separates all your currency amounts using a forward slash as you can see in the example below …

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If you specify another symbol and update your plugin settings …

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

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WordPress E-Commerce

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

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(image sourced from plugin site)

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

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

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