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 WordPressDo you plan to set up an e-commerce web site, or sell goods globally? If so, then here’s a good idea: consider providing users with a currency conversion tool.

Currency conversion software lets your web visitors have the cost of an international currency amount converted to their home currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows your visitors and customers to view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their home currency.

The obvious advantage of displaying 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 visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s quite easy and simple to add currency conversion using a plugin to currency conversion to WordPress via a plugin, allowing your site visitors to quickly determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Currency Converting Plugin For WordPress

WP Free Currency Converting Plugin - Currencyr

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

Plugin features include:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates and European Central Bank
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Can be integrated with a number of online store plugins such as WooCommerce, Shop and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can detect local currency automatically
  • Full support for language translations

Important: This plugin requires 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 upgrade your PHP.

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

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

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This takes you to the plugin settings area …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from the Base Currency dropdown menu if you prefer to use something other than the default option ‘USD’

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You can select which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can also select one of the other options, such as European Central Bank or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you choose Open Exchange Rates as your provider, an API (Application Programming Interface) is required …

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

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

Unless there is a reason to modify the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

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Edit the rest of the settings according to your needs and remember to click Save Changes when you have configured all of your settings …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily add currency conversion to any WP post or page using a shortcode.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) in this plugin.

How To Use Currencyr Shortcodes

You can easily insert currency conversion into WP posts, pages and widgets without editing code 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 are selling an item online for a set price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to show your conversion amount in British pounds (GBP) on your product sales page.

All you need to do is insert the shortcode below into your page content …

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Note: You can also display amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 155.25, 29.95, 400.00, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode will look after you have inserted it into the page or post …

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

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

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

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

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Once your information has been published, your currency conversion will then display as you can see below …

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

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

For example, if you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your e-commerce pages targeted to visitors from countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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The example below shows how the shortcode appears when inserted into your content …

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After publishing your page, the converted currency will then display like this …

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Widget

You can also add currency conversion to your website’s sidebar menu using the Currencyr widget.

To add currency conversion to your sidebar area, select Appearance > Widgets in the WP admin menu …

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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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 a comma), and click ‘Save’ to update your settings …

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The currency conversion tool will now show on your 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 lets you specify the symbol 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, entering the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

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Separates all your currency amounts with the forward slash as shown below …

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If you modify the symbol and resave 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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E-Commerce Integration

As described earlier, the plugin can be integrated with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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

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

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