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 WordPressDo you plan to sell goods online worldwide? If so, you should probably think about providing users with a currency conversion service.

Currency conversion lets your prospective customers have the price of an international currency transaction translated to their local currency when purchasing or checking out products on e-commerce sites. It also lets your visitors and customers view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own local currency.

One great advantage of showing currency conversion on your website is that it allows visitors to see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for customers to calculate their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, you can add a currency conversion plugin to your site, allowing your customers to quickly and easily understand the cost of your goods.

WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin – Currencyr

Currencyr - WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin

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

The Currencyr useful WordPress plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates & FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with various e-store plugins like WP-eCommerce and Shopp.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Support for language translations

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

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

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When you have installed and activated the plugin, you can access the plugin’s settings section by selecting Currencyr from your dashboard menu …

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This takes you to the plugin settings section …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ drop-down menu if you prefer a different currency than the default option (USD) …

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You can specify which data provider you want to use from a drop-down menu. The default option is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can select another option, like European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you select ‘Open Exchange Rates’ as your provider, 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 choosing 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 (such as WordPress plugins).

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, you can just ignore this section …

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Edit the rest of the settings and click Save Changes when you have configured this page …

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Once you have finished configuring your settings, you can start adding currency conversion to any of your WordPress pages using shortcodes and widgets.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section 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 using shortcodes.

Here are some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to your WP posts and pages:

Let’s say that you sell an item for a set price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to show the amount converted into British pounds (GBP) on your product sales page.

To display this information, simply insert the following shortcode into your post or page …

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (for example, 175.00, 197.00, 295.75, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode looks after being added to your product page …

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After publishing your content, the converted currency amount will appear as shown below …

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Using the same example, let’s now display the same price 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 you add it to your content …

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

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn more about changing 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, say you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your website targeted to visitors in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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

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After publishing your page, the currency conversion will then appear like this …

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Plugin Widget

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

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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Your currency converter will now display on your website’s sidebar 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 the symbol to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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

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

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If you modify this symbol and update your settings …

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

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Integration With WordPress e-Commerce Software

As described earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with various WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce and Shopp …

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

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

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