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 worldwide? If so, then you may want to think about providing your prospects with a currency conversion tool.

Currency converting tools let your prospects have the price of an international currency transaction converted to their local currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows your customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own home currency.

One great benefit of adding currency conversion is that it allows your customers to view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for customers to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s really easy and simple to add currency conversion using a plugin to WordPress, allowing your visitors to easily work out the cost of your goods.

WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin – Currencyr

WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin - Currencyr

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

The Currencyr plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Google, Open Exchange Rates and FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Can be integrated with a number of online shopping plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically determines local currency
  • Supports full translations

Note: This plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP on your server. Alternatively, ask your web host to upgrade your PHP server installation.

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You can install the Currencyr plugin from your WordPress dashboard by typing in “currencyr” into the Plugins search field and clicking the ”Install Now” button …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can configure the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WordPress administration area …

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The plugin settings screen offers you many configuration options …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from a dropdown menu. The default base currency is ’USD’ …

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You can also choose a data provider from the dropdown menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default option is Yahoo Finance, but you can also choose another provider, like FoxRate or Open Exchange Rates …

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

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You can choose how frequently you would like the exchange rates to update by selecting 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 lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (like WP plugins).

Unless there is a reason to change the jQuery settings, just ignore this option …

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Edit the rest of the plugin settings and click Save Changes when finished …

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When you have finished configuring your settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WordPress post using a shortcode.

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

Using Plugin Shortcodes

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

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

Let’s say that you retail your product on your website for a set price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display this price 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 amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 188.35, 97.00, 399.99, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode will look after you have inserted it into a product page …

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

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

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

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

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After publishing your post or page, your converted currency will then display as seen in the example below …

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

Now, let’s suppose that you want to use a different base currency than the one you have selected as the 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 (e.g. Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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

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Once the post has been published, the currency conversion will then appear as shown in the example below …

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Currencyr Widget

You can also insert a currency converter into your site’s sidebar using the plugin’s widget.

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

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget options as shown below (add currency codes separated by commas), and click Save to save your settings …

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The currency converter tool will now display on your site’s sidebar with the options you have specified when configuring the widget …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to 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, using 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 change the symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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e-Commerce Platform Integration

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

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(above image sourced from Currencyr plugin website)

And there you have it! Now you know how to easily add a currency converter to your WordPress web site.

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

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