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 Your WP WebsiteAre you planning to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell products online? If so, you should consider providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your web site.

Currency conversion software tools allow your prospects to convert international currency prices to their home currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows visitors and customers to view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their own home currency.

The obvious benefit of adding currency conversion is that it allows visitors to view and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s quite easy to add currency conversion using a plugin to WordPress, allowing your customers to easily determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Currency Conversion Plugin For WordPress

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Currencyr is a simple, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WordPress plugin with a visually attractive converter tooltip. It’s also free to install and use on your WordPress site.

This plugin includes features like the following:

  • In-line conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, such as Google & Open Exchange Rates
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various online store plugins such as WooCommerce & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full support for language translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Alternatively, ask your webhosting company to check and upgrade your PHP server installation if required.

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You can install the Currencyr plugin from your WordPress admin area by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins area and clicking the ”Install Now” button …

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

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The plugin settings section offers you many configuration settings …

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For example, you can choose a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ drop-down menu. The default option is ’United States Dollar’ …

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Similarly, you can select a data provider from a drop-down menu. The default option is Yahoo Finance, but you can also select another provider, such as FoxRate or Google Finance …

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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 specify how frequently you would like to update the exchange rates by choosing an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

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

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, simply ignore this setting …

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Configure the remainder of the plugin settings according to your own preferences and click ‘Save Changes’ when done …

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After your plugin settings have been configured, you can add currency conversion to WP site’s posts and pages using shortcodes.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) with the Currencyr plugin.

Currencyr Shortcodes

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

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

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

To do this, just insert the following shortcode into your post or page …

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Note: You can also insert amounts in dollars and cents (for example, 165.49, 189.00, 399.99, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode looks once you have added it to your post …

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

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

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

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The example below shows how the above shortcode looks when added to your content …

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After publishing the information, your currency conversion will then display like this …

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

Now, let’s suppose that you would like to select a different base currency than the one set as the default.

For example, say you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your e-commerce pages targeted to non-European customers (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 inserted into your content …

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After publishing your content, the converted currency will then appear as seen in the example below …

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Plugin Widget

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

To add the currency converter to your sidebar, select Appearance > Widgets in the WP dashboard menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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The currency converter will now appear on your site’s sidebar menu with the settings you have selected …

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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 lets you 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 field.

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

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

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If you change this symbol and update your settings …

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

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e-Commerce Platform Integration

As stated earlier, the plugin integrates with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WP-eCommerce and Shopp …

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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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