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 WebsiteAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce website or making goods and services available for sale worldwide? If so, you should probably consider providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your site.

Currency converting software tools let your prospective customers have the price of a foreign currency transaction translated to their local currency at the point of sale. It also allows visitors and customers to view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One advantage of adding currency conversion is that it lets customers see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, you can add currency conversion using a plugin to your website or blog, allowing your visitors to easily perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr

Currencyr - WordPress Currency Converter

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

This plugin includes advanced features such as:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates & European Central Bank
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with a number of e-store plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Translation support

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 on your server. Ask your webhosting company 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 Now” button …

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After installing and activating the plugin, you can visit the plugin’s settings section by selecting Currencyr from your WP admin user menu …

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This takes you to the plugin settings page …

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For example, you can select a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu. The default currency is ‘United States Dollar – (USD)’ …

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You can also specify a data provider from a drop-down menu. The default provider is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also select one of the other options, such as European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance 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 specify how often 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 is an open-source library of Javascript code that lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (such as WordPress plugins).

Unless you have a reason to modify the jQuery settings, leave this option alone …

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Edit the remainder of the settings to suit your needs and don’t forget to click Save Changes when finished …

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When you have configured your settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WordPress page or post using widgets.

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

Using Shortcodes

You can easily insert currency conversion into posts, pages and widgets with no technical knowledge using shortcodes.

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

Let’s say that you are selling your products online for a set price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display the amount converted into British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

To display this information, you will need to add the following shortcode to your page content …

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (for example, 175.00, 47.00, 1356.87, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode should look once you have inserted it into your post or page …

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After your page has been published, the converted currency amount will appear like this …

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Using the above example, let’s now display the same amount into different 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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You can see how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a page …

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After publishing your information, your converted currency will then display as you can see in the screenshot below …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to change the currency separator symbol within the Currencyr plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you want to specify a different base currency than the one selected as your 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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You can see how the shortcode looks when you add it to a post …

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Once your post has been published, your converted currency amounts will then appear like this …

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Using The Widget

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

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

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget settings as shown below (add any currency codes you would like to display on your widget separated by commas), and click ‘Save’ to update your settings …

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The currency converter tool will now show on your website’s sidebar menu with the options you have specified …

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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, using the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

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Displays your currency values separated by the forward slash as shown below …

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If you enter another symbol and update your settings …

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

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WordPress E-Commerce

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

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Congratulations! 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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