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 WordPressAre you planning to set up an e-commerce web site, or sell any products worldwide? If so, then it’s a great idea to consider providing your potential customers with a currency conversion feature.

Currency conversion allows your prospects to translate international currency prices to their home currency at the purchase or checkout stage. It also allows your visitors to view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One great benefit of displaying currency conversion is that it lets customers 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 built using WordPress, it’s easy and simple to add a currency converter to currency conversion to your website via a plugin, allowing your prospective customers to quickly understand the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Free Currency Converter For WordPress

Currencyr - WP Currency Converter

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

Some of the many useful features of this useful plugin include:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank 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
  • Supports full language translations

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

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

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

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The plugin settings screen offers you a number of configuration settings …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from a drop-down menu if you prefer to use a different currency than the default option ’United States Dollar’ …

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You can select any supported data provider from the drop-down menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default selection is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can choose one of the other options, like 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) will be required …

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You can choose how frequently you want the exchange rates to update by choosing an option from the Update Rates drop-down menu …

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

Unless you have a reason to change the jQuery settings, simply ignore this section …

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Configure the remainder of the settings and remember to click Save Changes when finished …

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After you have configured your settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to your WP site’s pages using shortcodes.

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

Using Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to WP posts, pages and widgets without touching code using shortcodes.

Let’s take a look at some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to WP pages and posts:

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

To do this, you simply need to insert the shortcode below into your page content …

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Note: You can also add amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 89.95, 37.95, 149.00, etc …)

The example below shows how the above shortcode will look once you have added it to your product page …

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After publishing your page, your converted currency amount will appear like this …

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

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

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The screenshot below now shows how the above shortcode appears when inserted into a post …

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

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refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the end of this tutorial to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol within the Currencyr plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you want to select a different base currency than the one selected as your default.

For example, say you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your site targeted to non-European visitors (e.g. Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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Here’s how the shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

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Once the page or post has been published, the converted currency amounts will then display as seen in the screenshot below …

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How To Use The Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website or blog’s sidebar using the plugin’s widget.

To add currency conversion to your sidebar area, choose Appearance > Widgets from the WordPress dashboard menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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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 save your settings …

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The currency converter tool will now appear on the sidebar with the settings you have specified when configuring the widget …

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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 allows you to specify a symbol of your choice 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 shown below …

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If you change this symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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WP E-Commerce

As stated earlier, the Currencyr plugin can be integrated with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, Shopp and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(image source: Currencyr plugin website)

Congratulations! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your WordPress website.

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

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