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.

Adding Currency Conversion To Your WP WebsiteDo you plan to sell goods online worldwide? If so, then here’s a great idea: think about providing your prospects with the convenience of currency conversion on your e-commerce web site.

Currency conversion software tools allow your customers to have the cost of a foreign currency transaction converted into their home currency when purchasing or checking out products on e-commerce sites. It also lets visitors and customers see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their local currency.

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

If your site is built with WordPress, you can add a currency conversion plugin to currency conversion to your web site using a plugin, allowing your visitors to quickly and easily perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Currency Converter For WordPress

Currencyr

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

The Currencyr currency conversion WP plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Google, Open Exchange Rates and FoxRates
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Can be integrated with a number of e-store plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically determines local currency
  • Full language translation support

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Alternatively, ask your webhosting provider to check and upgrade your PHP.

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

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When the plugin has been installed and activated, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your administration area …

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The plugin settings area offers you various configuration settings …

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For example, you can select your base currency from the Base Currency drop-down menu. The default base currency is ’US Dollar’ …

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Similarly, you can select which data provider you want to use from a dropdown menu. The default provider is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also choose another provider, such as European Central Bank or Google Finance …

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Note: If you choose ‘Open Exchange Rates’ as your provider, you will need to obtain an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can choose how often you want the exchange rates to update 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 (e.g. WordPress plugins).

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

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Edit the remainder of the settings and don’t forget to click ‘Save Changes’ when you have configured this section …

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Once you have finished configuring your plugin settings, you can easily add currency conversion to any WP page or post using widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, CAD, etc …) in the Currencyr plugin.

Using Currencyr Shortcodes

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

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

Let’s say that you retail an item for a fixed price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you would like to display the amount converted into British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

To display this information, just add the shortcode below to your post or page …

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Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (for example, 19.95, 22.00, 399.99, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode should look after being inserted into your page …

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After the information has been published, your converted currency amount will appear as seen below …

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

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

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The example below shows how the above shortcode appears when you add it to your content …

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Once your page or post has been published, the converted currency will then display like this …

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

Now, let’s say that you would like to select a different base currency than the one set 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 visitors from countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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You can see how the above shortcode appears when you add it to your content …

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

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Widget

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

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget options as shown below (add any currency codes you want displaying on your widget separated by commas), and click ‘Save’ to save your settings …

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Your currency conversion tool will now show on your 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 Currencyr plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can change the symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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 select another symbol and update your plugin settings …

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

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e-Commerce Platform Integration

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

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And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your e-commerce site.

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

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