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 planning to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell products worldwide? If so, you may want to think about providing your web visitors with a currency conversion tool.

Currency converting tools allow your visitors to translate international currency amounts to their home currency when purchasing products online. It also lets visitors and customers view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their local currency.

One benefit of providing currency conversion on your site is that it allows customers to view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for customers to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, you can add a currency converter to currency conversion to WordPress via a plugin, allowing your customers to quickly perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – Currency Converting Plugin For WP Websites

Currencyr

Currencyr is a simple, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a unique converter tooltip. And, it’s 100% free to install and use on your website.

This currency conversion plugin features:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with various online shopping plugins like WooCommerce and Shopp.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Full support for language translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs 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. Ask your webhosting support team to update 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 “Install Now” …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can access the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WordPress dashboard navigation menu …

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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 a drop-down menu. The default currency is ‘United States Dollar – (USD)’ …

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Similarly, you can specify which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default option is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also choose another provider, like FoxRate or Google Finance …

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Note: If you select Open Exchange Rates as your provider, you will need to enter an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can choose how often you want to update the exchange rates by specifying an option from the ‘Update Rates’ drop-down menu …

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

Unless there is a reason to edit the jQuery settings, leave them as they are …

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Edit the rest of the settings according to your own preferences and click the Save Changes button when you have finished configuring this section …

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After you have finished configuring your plugin settings, you can start adding currency conversion to any WP 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 the Currencyr plugin.

Using Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to WordPress pages, posts and widgets without having to edit code using shortcodes.

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

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

To do this, simply insert the shortcode below to your post or page …

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Note: You can also display amounts in dollars and cents (for example, 155.25, 37.95, 295.75, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode looks after you have added it to the post or page …

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

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Using the above example, let’s now convert the same price into different currencies.

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 looks when added to a post …

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

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

Now, let’s say that you would like to select 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 site targeted to visitors in countries like 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 inserted into a post …

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

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Plugin Widget

You can also insert a currency converter into your website or blog’s sidebar section using a widget.

To add currency conversion to your sidebar area, select Appearance > Widgets from your WP dashboard menu …

WordPress 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 below (add any currency codes you would like displaying on your widget separated by commas), and click ‘Save’ to save your settings …

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The currency converter tool will now display on the sidebar with the options you have specified …

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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 a symbol of your choice to display as the currency separator when using multiple currencies.

You can change the symbol in the Multiple Separator settings field.

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 the symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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WP E-Commerce

As described earlier, the Currencyr plugin can be integrated with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce and Shopp …

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

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

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