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 Web SiteDo you plan to sell products online worldwide? If so, then it’s a great idea to consider providing your prospects with currency conversion.

Currency conversion software lets your visitors translate international currency prices to their home currency at the point of sale. It also allows your customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their own home currency.

One advantage of putting currency conversion on your website is that it lets visitors see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

If your site is built using WordPress, you can add a currency conversion plugin to currency conversion to your site using a plugin, allowing your site visitors to easily calculate the cost of your goods.

Currencyr

Currencyr

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

The Currencyr plugin includes features like the following:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google and FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with a number of e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency determination
  • Full translation support

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires 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 on your server. Ask your webhosting support team 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 area and clicking “Install Now” …

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

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This takes you to the plugin settings section …

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

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

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You can choose how often you would like the currency exchange rates to update by selecting an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

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

Unless you have a reason to modify the jQuery settings, just ignore this setting …

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Configure the remainder of the settings and don’t forget to click Save Changes when you have finished configuring this screen …

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Once you have finished configuring your settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WordPress post or page using shortcodes.

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

Currencyr Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to WP pages, posts and widgets without having to mess with code using shortcodes.

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

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

To do this, you will need to add the following shortcode to your page content …

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Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 6.95, 22.00, 399.99, etc …)

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

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

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

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

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

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After publishing your content, the currency conversion will then appear as you can see below …

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refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn how to change the currency separator symbol within this plugin.

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

For example, if you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your e-commerce pages targeted to non-European visitors (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 looks when added to your content …

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

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How To Use The Plugin Widget

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

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

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

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Configure the widget options as shown below (add currency codes 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 settings you have specified …

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Additional Plugin Notes

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

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin lets you specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using multiple currencies.

You can change the symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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

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

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If you modify the symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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Integration With WordPress e-Commerce Platforms

As stated earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Shopp …

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(above image sourced from Currencyr plugin site)

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

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

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